We start your broadcast
Let’s forget for a second that you will be talking about something on the air. We will pretend your show is in the “all-rock, no-talk” format. Nothing but non-stop music. That was how Radio Schizo began, since I did not know how to insert my voice into the radio stream, and I also noted that shows such as Al Quint’s Sonic Overload spent a minimum of their airtime chattering. By the way, did I mention that it seemed to me that my voice sounds idiotic? Honestly, when I started, I thought so. So for now, let’s upload the playlist of mp3 files to WinAmp (or Nicecast). So, the main question: How to bring songs from your computer to the ears of your listeners?
You need to find a radio tower – that is, I mean, an audio server – to which you connect your client (WinAmp or Nicecast). A SHOUTcast webcasting server is common on the Internet (for more information on SHOUTcast, visit Wikipedia). For my radio, I decided to use the SHOUTcast standard. There are a huge number of such standards on the Internet, and the field of their application is constantly changing, but after reading a large number of Wikipedia articles, I decided that SHOUTcast is the best choice. (Please remember that Wikipedia is your friend, and you can learn a lot about Internet radio through this encyclopedia by simply entering words such as “streaming”, “podcast”, etc.).
Thanks to such searches, I ended up on the shoutcast website. And what? It turns out that this site has a free plug-in for WinAmp’s, which allows you to connect WinAmp to SHOUTcast audio servers. If you use WinAmp, you WILL NEED it! In fact, in this URL that I just mentioned, you will find a lot of different information. It will take some time to read all the information on this page, and then come back here. I advise you what it is – if you are seriously planning to make your own Internet radio, you will have to self-learn. In the meantime, as you read, I will listen to the new LP Criminal Damage.
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You probably want to know where you can find an audio server to connect to. There may be difficulties. Web companies are instructing these DJs to do it. That is, there are a large number of companies that provide SHOUTcast servers for connection, but you will have to pay monthly for such a connection as for a phone. The better the audio quality you want, and the more listeners you want to be heard, the more you will have to pay. This is the second financial stumbling block for those who are seriously planning to make their own Internet radio. You can accomplish the feat of Hercules by creating your own SHOUTcast server. But such a task is feasible only for technically educated guys who have access to very powerful equipment. If you have great connections, a lot of friends who are computer obsessed, maybe they can do something like that. But even in this case, they are likely to rent some kind of web server. And most do not have friends in higher circles (or is it worth saying in “places with high bandwidth”?) To connect us to something like that. If you have such friends, you are damn lucky. And I will be happy to be your friend! )))
But amateur DJs can use the Freecast service. So began Radio Schizo – in English Freecast’e. Freecast provides a free connection to SHOUTcast servers that non-professional DJs connect to (If someone suddenly knows another similar free service, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org). I strongly advise you to visit freecast.co.uk (and help them a bit with finances). The British who make Freecast provide a damn expensive service (for now) for free. You need to register on the site (also free) – but it’s worth it. Undoubtedly, one of the most valuable resources of the Freecast site is the FAQ for DJs conquering the Internet. I carefully read this FAQ repeatedly. This resource will teach you a lot about organizing Internet radio using SHOUTcast than other sources on the World Wide Web. The FAQs on freecast.co.uk are written specifically for dummies.
But with the help of Freecast, you have an effect on the sound quality. Freecast provides you with free connection to audio servers, but the traffic restriction is very severe. This means that your listeners will not hear great sound. When I used Freecast, I often complained about the poor sound quality. Partly, poor sound may be caused by the low speed of information transfer to your modem’s network, but basically, these are the limitations of Freecast, so if you have a low speed, forget about Freecast’e. Sorry. You can read about all this at freecast.co.uk. In fact, go and read.