Winamp Cannot Open Encoder

Posted : admin On 1/2/2022

Step 1 - Install Winamp

Download and install Winamp (if you don’t already have it installed). Winamp is a free download.

Step 2 - Install the Edcast DSP Plugin and lame_enc.dll

Download the Edcast Plugin for Winamp and install it. This is a free plugin for Winamp that lets you stream out to the Internet.

  1. Modified version of the official FLAC plugin v1.1.1, with Winamp 5 media library support. FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. It is similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality: you get a perfect copy of your CD tracks, but with files significantly smaller than.Wavs.
  2. Once the download has completed, you will need to install the software. Verify that Winamp is not.
  3. Encoder Settings (select streaming audio format) Select the 'Encoder' tab at the top of your DSP window. Make sure under the selection box, you have selected 'Encoder 1'. The Encoder Type can be set to either MP3 or AAC+, our servers support both.
  4. Encoder Configuration. If the settings are correct, you will get a message on Status displaying the quantity of data sent to SHOUTcast server. Open a Putty and connect to remote SSH terminal connection to SHOUTcast server you should see some detailed information about the connection status.

Download the LAME MP3 encoding plugin (lame_enc.dll) and place it into your Winamp folder. Do this by right clicking the link and choosing “Save Link As…”, then navigate into ‘C: Program Files (x86) Winamp’ before clicking the Save button.

Step 3 - Start Winamp and the Edcast DSP Plugin

  • Start Winamp
  • Press Ctrl - P (Ctrl and P keys together) - This will open the settings page.
  • (1) Click ‘DSP/Effect’ on the left column - you may need to scroll down.
  • (2) Select ‘edcast DSP v3’ - a window called ‘edcast’ will appear.

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Step 4 - Set up the encoder

  • (3) Click the ‘Add Encoder’ button
  • (4) Right-click the new encoder that appears below it
  • (5) Choose ‘Configure’ from the menu that appears

In the ‘Basic Settings’ section, set up the encoder.

  • (6) Enter your chosen bitrate - this must be equal or lower than the rate you purchased.
  • (7) Enter your samplerate - Enter 44100 for bitrates above 96, or 22050 for streams below 96.
  • (8) Number of channels - Enter 2 for bitrates above 48, choose 1 for bitrates below 48.
  • (9) Select the ‘MP3 Lame’ encoder
  • (10) Select ‘Icecast2’ for Icecast server, or ‘Shoutcast’ for Shoutcast server.
  • (11) Enter the host name of your server.
  • (12) Enter the port number of your server.
  • (13) Enter the DJ or Admin password of your server.
  • (14) (Icecast2 only) Enter the mount point - this will usually be /stream by default for Fast Serv Icecast2 servers.
  • In the ‘YP Settings’ section, enter your station details.
  • Click ‘OK’

Step 5 - Start encoding

  • (15) Tick the ‘AutoReconnect’ box
  • (16) Hilite the new encoder, then click the ‘Connect’ button
  • You should see information about the encoder status in the ‘Transfer Rate’ column. If it’s working properly, a numeric value will appear indicating the transmission speed.

Notes

  • If you are unable to connect, go back to step 4 and double check every server setting. You must also make sure there is music playing in Winamp.
  • You can also stream audio directly from your sound card input (or other audio device on your PC). Click the box with an ‘X’ in it under ‘Live Recording’. You can then select the audio device you wish to capture audio from.

You’re now streaming live on the Internet!

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Step 1 - Install Winamp

Download and install Winamp (if you don’t already have it installed). Winamp is a free download.

Step 2 - Install the Shoutcast DSP Plugin

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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):

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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.

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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

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  • (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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