Step 1 - Install Winamp
Download and install Winamp (if you don’t already have it installed). Winamp is a free download.
SHOUTcast is a complete suite of products to power internet radio stations into the future. Whether you are an existing station and want to upgrade to the SHOUTcast Streaming Service, or download the latest version of our software to run on your own servers, SHOUTcast lets you transmit your audio to listeners around the world. This is the quick and dirty tutorial on using the Streamripper plugin for Winamp. The following steps should get you going ripping streams. Install Streamripper for Winamp. Go to shoutcast.com, icecast.org, or your favourite radio station website (if it uses shoutcast or icecast streaming), and click on a stream.
Step 2 - Install the Shoutcast DSP Plugin
Download the Shoutcast DSP Plugin for Winamp and install it. This is a free plugin for Winamp that lets you stream out to the Internet.
Run the file you just downloaded and this will install the DSP into Winamp.
Step 3 - Start the Shoutcast DSP Plugin
- Start Winamp
- Press Ctrl - P (Ctrl and P keys together) - This will open the settings page.
- (a) Click ‘DSP/Effect’ on the left column - you may need to scroll down.
- (b) Select ‘Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source DSP’ - a window called ‘SHOUTcast Source’ will appear.
Step 4 - Enter the Shoutcast Server settings
- (c) Click the ‘Output’ tab
- (d) Click ‘Connection’
- (e) In the ‘Address’ field enter the Shoutcast server host as shown in your Shoutcast email or Fast Serv account under Services -> Shoutcast.
- (f) In the ‘Port’ field enter the Shoutcast server Port as shown in your Shoutcast email or Fast Serv account under Services -> Shoutcast.
- (g) In the ‘Password’ field enter the Shoutcast server DJ password as shown in your Shoutcast email or Fast Serv account under Services -> Shoutcast.
Note: You can log into your Portal account to obtain your Shoutcast server details critical for this step (if you don’t already have them):
Step 5 - Set up the Encoder
The Encoder is the ‘heart’ of Shoutcast. It takes the audio from Winamp (or the microphone or line input) and converts it into MP3 format to be sent to your listeners.
- (h) Click the ‘Encoder’ tab.
- (i) Click ‘Encoder 1’ in the ‘Encoder’ field.
- (j) Select ‘MP3 Encoder’ in the ‘Encoder Type’ menu.
- (k) Select the appropriate bitrate in the ‘Encoder Settings’. You can choose any ‘kbps’ that is equal or lower to the bitrate ‘kbps’ of the Shoutcast package you purchased.
Note: Be very careful when choosing your Encoder Settings. The bit rate (kbps) MUST be equal or lower to the Shoutcast plan you purchased.
Step 6 - Set up your Station Details
- (l) Click the ‘Output’ tab.
- (m) Click the ‘Yellowpages’ button.
- (n) Give your station a title.
- (o) Enter your website address, including the http:// part.
- (p) Enter a the genre of music or content. You can list more than one, separated by commas.
- (q) If you want the titles of songs streamed to the players, click ‘Enable Title Updates’.
Step 7 - Choose the audio source
Here we will choose whether to broadcast what is playing in Winamp, or instead the live sound input to your computer (microphone, line-in, ect).
- (r) Click the ‘Input’ tab
- (s) If you want to stream files played in Winamp, choose ‘Winamp’ in the ‘Input Device’ menu. If you wish to instead broadcast a live audio feed or microphone input, select ‘Soundcard Input’.
Note: If you select ‘Soundcard Input’, the default recording device in the Windows control panel will be used for streaming. You can monitor the levels in the ‘Input Level’ area—it is recommended to keep your input level less than -2 dB to prevent distortion. You may have to adjust the recording mixer properties if the levels aren’t moving (see below under ‘troubleshooting’).
Step 8 - Start streaming
- (t) Click the ‘Output’ tab.
- (u) Click ‘Connect’.
- (v) You should immediately see bytes counting up in the ‘Status’ box. If the bytes are stuck at 0 or remains ‘Not Connected’, see the troubleshooting section below.
- (w) If you would like to have the Shoutcast DSP automatically connect each time you start Winamp, tick the ‘Connect at Startup’ check box.
You’re now streaming live on the Internet!
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If you're used to playing music and other audio files with the popular program, Winamp then you may want to broadcast right from this program. This may be the easiest way for you to get up and broadcasting right away with virtually no learning curve for people who are already used to this program. Following these simple steps will configure your winamp to not just play music locally, but broadcast it out over your shoutcast server to anyone through the internet.
1) Download and Install Edcast for Winamp
Go to your Control Panel and choose the Downloads tab, Download and Install Edcast for Winamp.
2) Follow the simple step by step instructions which are on your screen. When you reach the 'components to install' page, it is critical that you have the box labeled 'LAME encoder dll(for MP3 encoding) checked. This will allow you to play your MP3s through the Standalone App. *MP3's are one of the most common audio file formats.
3) Download the MP3 Lame Encoder
Near the end of the installation process you will get a message box telling you that you need to download a file called, “Lame_enc.dll” into the program directory (normally C:program fileswinamp). Choose YES. You can also perform this step manually by downloading the file from your control panel and placing it in your program directory if you wish.
4) Place the lame encoder dll (lame_enc.dll) in the Winamp program directory.
Once you've completed the installation process you'll be ready to prepare your station for live broadcasting. Following these quick steps will have you broadcasting in just minutes.
5) Go to your Caster.FM control panel and log in securely.
6) Click the button labeled “Start Server”
This will initialize your server and display a page which looks like this:
This is the information you'll need about your server to connect it to the Edcast plugin for Winamp.
Your server is now running, but before you can broadcast you need to configure WinAmp by performing the following steps:
7) Launch Winamp
Once it is open go to options>preferences or press CTRL+P. At the preferences window choose “DSPEffect” and then click on the “edcast DSP v3 [dsp_edcast.dll] option.
8) Configure Edcast Plugin . Locate and click on the “Add Encoder” button.
8) Right click on the new encoder which is created and choose 'configure'
This is one of the most important steps as it is where you are configuring your broadcasting settings. While these settings can be changed quickly and easily down the road, it is best to take your time and choose the right options now.
9) Fill in the settings as follows:
• Encoder Type: MP3 Lame
• Bitrate: 128 Kbps or 64 Kbps
• Samplerate: 44000. This is the standard setting for most users.
• Channels: 2 – 1 channel is for a mono broadcast, 2 is for stereo.
• Server Type: Icecast2
• Server IP: Enter the Server IP from your caster.fm dashboard
• Server Port: Enter the Server Port from your caster.fm dashboard
• Encoder Password: Enter the Encoder password from your caster.fm dashboard
• Mount Point: /listen.mp3
• Reconnect: 10 – This is an optional setting which will allow the Edcast Application to reconnection if it is disrupted.
Icecast Winamp Plugin
10) Once you hit OK your settings are saved and you're ready to start broadcasting live!
simply click connect and you're ready to go!
Anything you play in WinAmp will now be broadcast through the internet to your listeners.
Winamp Icecast Server
If your computer has more than one sound card you need to select the desired sound card and output. The Edcast streams from only the sound card and output you select. In most computers the 'stereo mix' is the correct option to choose.