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  1. Hello all im the Conman The owner of ravenationradio
  2. 1.) Setting up Nicecast on Mac for the first time: Download and install Nicecast. If you have not purchased it already you can purchase Nicecast here. 2.) Once you have downloaded Nicecast , select the dish icon and open Nicecast. You will see the name in the upper right-hand corner of your mac screen. 3.) Select "window" and open the "show broadcast" title. 4.) Select the source that you want to use to play your music. Itunes works well. 5.) Select "info" and input your stream information.Name:URL:Genre:Description: 6.) Click on "quality" and select the bit rate, sample rate and channels. 7.) Next go back to the "window" tab in the menu options and open the "show server" tab. 8.) Under servers click on the + symbol to add a new server. 9.) Put in your the name of your radio, select the Server Type (Shoutcast or Icecast v2), put your username next to account (Shoutcast v1 does not require a username), the source password for your radio, the address (the address is the host name you can find it under quick links in your control panel), the port number and /live for the mount point (Only Icecast v2 requires a mount point. Shoutcast does not require a mount point) 10.) Go back to the Broadcast box and click "Start Broadcast" if everything is configured correctly then you will connect to the server and it will say on air.
  3. Setting up your stream using Butt Step 1 – Download and install Butt. Butt, which stands for Broadcast Using This Tool, is a straightforward piece of streaming software which is able to run on Windows, Mac and Linux. It can be downloaded free of charge from this website, where installation instructions are also available. Unlike Edcast, it does not require the separate installation of the LAME MP3 encoder as this is included in the package. On opening the butt application, you will be presented with a screen that looks like this: Click on the "settings" button to get started, and it will load the Settings window adjacent to the main Butt program window: Step 2 – Configuring Server settings. On the ‘Main’ option in settings select 'add server' and refer to streaming settings below. Streaming Settings The settings you need to add are as follows (please consult us before for your details in regards to settings): Server type: IceCast Name: the name of your station - this is simply for internal use Address: supplied to you by email Port: supplied to you by email Password: supplied to you by email Mountpoint: supplied to you by email An example of settings: Bitrate: Supplied via e-mail Quality: Supplied via e-mail Samplerate: 22050 Channels 1: (1 = Mono, 2 = Stereo) Encoder Type: MP3 Lame for MP3 streaming Server Type: Icecast 2 Server IP: Supplied via e-mail Server Port: Supplied via e-mail Encoder Password: Supplied via e-mail Mount Point: Supplied via e-mail The below image is just an example, the streaming settings details you enter are going to be different, which we send to you by e-mail. Once you fill out the details press ‘Add’. (Note IceCast user will be ‘source’ for every individual). Step 3 (optional step) - Stream information is optional to fill, start by pressing 'add'. Completing stream information helps identifies your station in a listener’s player and check “make server public” if required. Step 4 – Configuring Audio On the settings menu go to ‘Audio’. BUTT provides support for a number of audio input types: what appears in the audio device list may vary depending on what devices you have available in your streaming PC. If you have multiple sound devices you may also select which one to use. But default settings would be the best preference, such as ‘Microsoft Sound Mapper’. Once all server details are completed then press ‘save’ to have the settings implemented. Then, click the play button on the main Butt window, underneath the LCD-style display. It should then connect, and begin streaming the output from your audio device on your encoding machine. The meter below the display shows your level - this should peak at the top of the green lights, and not go into the yellow or red, or distortion will occur on your streamed output. Step 5 - Create a link for your listeners Now you are webcasting you will need to create a link on your website to enable people to connect and listen. There are many ways to make this link, but the simplest is to use a standard hyperlink. Using the information on linking to MP3 streams on this link here, point your "Listen Live" link to the following URL: http://example.canstream.co.uk:8000/yourmountpoint.mp3.m3u This will be sufficient to create a basic link to your stream. Another, more up-to-date method, is to use the HTML5 audio tag as in this example: <audio controls> <source src="http://example.canstream.co.uk:8000/yourmountpoint.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"> Your browser does not support HTML5 audio - please upgrade your browser or click on this link http://example.canstream.co.uk:8000/yourmountpoint.mp3.m3u </audio> If you have any difficulties connecting to your stream using the details above, please copy and paste the stream URL - for example, http://example.canstream:8000/yourmountpoint.mp3 - into your favourite media player such as Winamp or VLC.
  4. How To Connect How to Broadcast to your ShoutHost Server using Winamp? Step 1.) For the install On your pc it's very simple download latest version of winampDownload Winamp install it first (For Windows)and Download SHOUTcast DSP Plug-In For Winamp (For Windows)Once you have installed the DSP, start Winamp, open the preferences(CTRL+P) and click on the DSP/Effects subcategory under the Plug-ins tree. Please refer to the picture below: If you see "Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source DSP v2.3.2" in the right panel, then you have correctly installed the SHOUTcast Broadcast DSP Plug-in. SHOUTcast Source DSP Step 2.) Select the "Output" tab at the top of your DSP window. Select "Output 1" under the selection box, and fill in all of the following fields properly.Address: Here, you need to enter the server IP that was given to you in the welcome email you received. Make sure that you put in the proper server IP, or else you will not be able to connect.Port: In this field, you need to enter the port that was given to you in your welcome email. It should contain 4 numbers. Once again, this must be set properly or else you will be unable to connect.Password: Last, you need to enter the encoder (source) password that was given to you in your welcome email. Enter this here, and make sure there are no mistakes. (Common mistakes include using the copy and paste method. There is sometimes a space added during the process that will cause an invalid password error) Step 3.) Yellowpage setup (streaming server display details) Click on the "Directory" tab right above where you entered all of the previous information. If you'd like your server to be listed in the SHOUTcast directory, check the "Make this server public" box, and fill in all of the information below the box in a proper manner. Be sure to check the "Enable Title Updates" and the two boxes that say "Auto" in order to show your users the title of the song that is playing. Step 4.) 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. MP3 audio sounds alright, but is compatible with just about every media player on the market. AAC+ is only compatible with Winamp and Windows Media Player (with a plugin), but sounds much better at lower qualities. Be sure to choose wisely. In the Encoder Settings drop down, select the bitrate that you ordered from us, and be sure that the line you selected has "Stereo" at the end, so individual sounds will come out of both of your listeners speakers. Note: If you try streaming at a bitrate higher than what you have ordered you will not be able to stream and your server may shut itself off. Step 5.) Input settings (select the input audio source) Select the "Input" tab at the top of your DSP window. Unless you have specific soundcard input settings, or want to talk on your stream, select "Winamp" at the Input Device. As every soundcard is different and individual, we cannot give any tutorials for the Soundcard Input. Step 6.) Go back to the "Output" tab in your DSP window. Make sure "Output 1" is selected, and then click the connect button. In the status box above the button, it should give a time and then "Sent xxxx bytes". Congratulations, you have begun to stream audio! You may now open any Winamp-compatible audio file in your player, and it will stream to our servers. How to Broadcast Live using turntables? To broadcast using Shouthost the live content from the turntable, you will need to install the software that would allow you to connect your turntable to the PC. Most new turntables have USB or FireWire audio output build-in so they can be easily connected to the PC. The PC should have the hardware drivers installed for the turntable and recognize it as a valid audio input device. The turntables that do not have the USB or Fire wire audio output connections can be attached to the PC with the Long male to male 1/8" Stereo - 1/8" Stereo cable Here are the cables that can be used to connect the turntable to the PC: Step 1. Obtain Dual Short 1/8" Stereo - 1/8" Stereo cable with two female endings (also known as Dual Headphone Jack splitter).One plug will be used for headphones (we are assuming that the headphones have a classical 1/8" stereo-out male connector) and the other for the line-in on the PC audio card. In some cases the 1/8" Stereo - 1/8" Stereo cable may not be needed if the turntable has several headphone jacks. If the headphone jacks are not 1/8" Stereo the 1/4" adapters may be needed. Also the turn table could have RCA out, in that case 1/8" Stereo Plug to RCA can be used to plug the turn table directly in to the soundcard Line-in.In case the turntable has only the 1/4" stereo-out you will need the 1/8" to 1/4" stereo adapted. Plug the adapter in to the stereo-out of the turntable and then the Dual Short 1/8" Stereo - 1/8" Stereo cable in to it. Step 2. The last cable you will need will be the long male to male 1/8" Stereo - 1/8" Stereo cable.Plug the earphones in to one end of the Dual Short 1/8" Stereo - 1/8" Stereo cable and then the long male to male 1/8" Stereo - 1/8" Stereo cable in to the other end. The long mail end of the 1/8" Stereo - 1/8" Stereo cable should go in the blue soundcard line-in jack. WARNING: before you connect the cable to the soundcard make sure the volume is at minimum.
  5. A common question I have seen in the forums is "How do I setup and cue, mix or monitor using headphones?"Well here is my guide to doing just that. Now depending on your setup depends on the setup you use for cueing. In this guide I will cover the setups for both desktop and laptop computers. I will start with the Desktop pc. Desktop PC Headphone Setup.First of all you are going to need a 4.1 capable soundcard or higher (5.1 and 7.1 for example). Or 2 separate soundcards (either both internal or one internal and one external)To setup Virtual Dj to use your headphones, load up VDJ and go to CONFIG.In CONFIG, you will find a tab labelled SOUND SETUP, under this tab you will be presented with 3 display boxes:1. Inputs2. Outputs3. SoundcardsIn the INPUTS box you should leave this set to NONE, unless you have external inputs and/or time codes connected. Which I will cover later in this guide. In the drop down menu you will find five other options for advanced setup configurations. However these are not important at this time.In the OUTPUTS box drop down menu you will find 5 options in total. These are:1: Single output2: Headphones3: External Mixer4: 3 Lines Mixer5: Advanced ConfigThe option you need to choose in this instance is 2: Headphones. Choosing this option will enable sound to be directed to both your speakers, and to your headphones via separate channels. The next option you need to change is in the soundcards dropdown menu.In the soundcards menu, you will find four options. These are:1: Mono Separated (for 3.5mm to 2 Phono output for connection direct from laptop/pc to amp or mixer)2: 2 Cards (to allow audio signals to be directed to 2 outputs)(more on this later)3: 4.1 Card (to allow audio signals to be directed to 2 or more outputs)4: ASIO (for advanced configurations with time codes)You can select either, 4.1 Card or 2 Cards. Which one you select will depend on what setup you have. If you are using a card that is 4.1, 5.1 or 7.1 capable then set it to 4.1 Card. If you’re using 2 soundcards, whether they be internal or external, set the option to 2 Cards. Explanations for each option are to follow.Now here’s an important action so be sure you understand.When you are setting up these options, you will be prompted with extra dropdown menus containing more options. These dropdown menus will contain a list of available soundcard outputs. You need to choose the correct outputs for your setup to work. My PC has 2 soundcards, Primary (which is useless for headphone use as it is a single line output, meaning it can carry only one audio signal), and my realtek 7.1 soundcard (which has a total of 8 line outputs, meaning it can carry up to 8 audio signals). If you have a 4.1 card you will have 6 line outputs, and if you have a 5.1 card, you will have 6 line outputs. The reason for this being, 4, 5 and 7 represent the number of surround speakers you can have attached to your system, 1 being representative of how many subwoofers you can have connected.Which channels you select totally depends on how your setup is. Lets work through in the same order outputs are listed in Virtual DJ’s Config menus. For a system with 2 soundcards (be it internal or external).If you have 2 soundcards, select the 2 Cards option from the soundcards menu. Choosing this option will create 2 more menu boxes which will contain a list of functions. You need to select a function for each sound card. e.g. card 1 = speakers - card 2 = headphones. It is my suggestion that if using an external USB soundcard alongside an internal card, that you set your cards up I such a way that your speakers are routed to the onboard soundcard.If however like me you only have 1 soundcard and its 4.1 or higher (5.1 , 7.1). Then the setup is different.For a system with 4.1 or higherIf you are going to use your 4.1 or higher card, then you need to select the 4.1 Card option from the Sound Setup menu in Virtual DJ’s Config. Once you have selected this option you have to select the correct soundcard from the prompted dropdown menu. Be careful you haven’t selected " primary soundcard" or it wont work. The next step is to select which outputs do what. There is a list box under the one where you select your soundcard/s.In this list box you will have 2 or more choices depending on your sound card. Mine has 3 options.1. Master: front output/Headphones: rear output2. Master: rear output/Headphones: front output3. Master: front output/Headphones: centre output(master = Speakers)On my setup I have mine set to, front and centre, you can set it to what ever you want. The option you choose must have audio jacks plugged into the corresponding outputs on your card to work. Look closely at your soundcard, each port is clearly labelled with its function. Now you can hit APPLY followed by OK and leave the config.You now have your headphones setup. Laptop Headphone Setup Guide.So, what ways can we setup headphones on a laptop?A: using an external mixer B: with usb headphones or headset/mic comboC: using 2 soundcardsLets start at the beginning, and these various ways are listed due to there being more to using headphones than some may think.External MixerWhen using an external mixer, your mixer will need to be connected to Virtual DJ by means of a Pro usb soundcard such as ESI Maya 44 or Julia, Numark DJio etc. Or be usb compatible.Whether you are using just a mixer or you are using external hardware such as CDJ's or Turn Tables, setting up your headphones is as simple as connecting your headphones to your mixer as you would with a regular analogue setup.Usb HeadphonesWhen using usb headphones such as the Numark PHX or a headset/mic combo, the setup is much the same as that of a basic usb soundcard. Which is outlined below. Two SoundcardsWhen using 2 soundcards on a laptop, the setup is relatively simple. Firstly when using a laptop you will need an external USB soundcard. The type of card is entirely your choice, for beginners, I would recommend a basic USB card with single output. These can be found on internet auction sites for only a few sterling or dollars. Once you have yourself a usb soundcard, plug your card into your laptop and allow the drivers to be installed by the operating system. Once this is done connect your laptop to your amp via your laptops main headphone jack. It is my opinion that you should connect your main speakers to your laptop and your headphones to your external usb card. The reason behind this is if a usb port is not mapped in power options to not enter idle mode then it could possibly be shut down by the computer. On top of this if ever the card failed then you would have the master output cut out and not only would you loose your flow with the crowd, you would also loose audio completely thus resulting in silence. If the headphones cut out, then under mixing, harmonic mixing, waveforms and a good ear will keep you going until you can find the problem. Once your speakers are plugged into the master output, plug your headphones into the external usb soundcard.Open Virtual DJ and go to > Config > Sound SetupChoose settings as follows:Inputs: None (variable depending on hardware)Outputs: Headphones (select from the dropdown menus that appear, Master: First card / Headphones: Second card)Sound Card: 2 Cards Under the Soundcard option, when you select 2 Cards, you will be prompted with two list boxes to the right. to set your cards in the correct order:Set the top box to: Speakers (primary card name)Set the lower box to: Headphones (USB AUDIO)Click Apply, then Ok to exit configuration.Now you have your audio outputs setup, it is time to test them. Load a track both deck one and deck two. Play the track on deck one at full volume (using the volume slider) in Virtual DJ (not on your master output/amp, we don’t want to annoy the neighbours), track one should be heard from your master channel (speakers).Now minimise the volume slider on deck two and play the track, you should be able to hear the track playing in your headphones. The reason for minimising the volume on deck two is to allow it to be cued and not played via the master output. If you don’t hear the track playing in your headphones, hit the PFL button on deck two. This should swap the cue audio to your headphones. If you can hear the cue audio in your headphones, then run the same test again with the above instruction reversed. If you don’t hear the tracks in the order you should, then double check you have the correct order selected in your sound setup. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- How you use your headphones for monitoring and for mixing. This is really easy and once you know the basic controls a little practice will have you using a fully functioning monitoring/mixing feature in no time.Ok first let me explain the use of the PFL button. The PFL button, when hit, allows you to monitor either deck 1 or deck 2. In conjunction with the "PFL" buttons you also need to use the "CUE/MIX" slider at the top of the skin. These, along with the "CUE" button and your "HOT CUE" buttons are all you need.Once you have your headphones all set up following the guide above, you then have two choices, 1. Hit the PFL button each time you load your next track to listen to it via your headphones.2. Go to config > options, and you will find "auto headphones". In the selection box you have: Always, Disable and On Load. If you select the "on load" option, then your headphones will automatically switch to the deck you are loading to. I suggest you do some playing around with this and see what is best for you.Ok so now you have your headphones set up and your track loading into the headphones. Yes? good.The next thing you need to know is how to either:1. Listen to each track individually2. Listen to your mix.The way to do this is to use the "CUE/MIX" slider at the top of the skin. If you slide the slider all the way to "CUE" then you can listen to each track individually and swap between the two using your "PFL" button. If you want to listen to the mix (both decks at once) then you slide the slider all the way to "MIX". By playing around with these controls you will be able to decide upon what’s best for you and be beat matching and mixing like a pro in no time.Hope this guide was useful, thanks for reading and good luck with your DJ'ing. Brought to you by blulite.
  6. This tutorial describes how to setup broadcasting in Virtual DJ. Sign up for a FREE account first, to create your personal broadcast slot. Then, proceed to the first step to connect Virtual DJ and start broadcasting. Step 1 - Configure broadcasting in Virtual DJ After you've signed up for a Beatbravo account, login to Beatbravo with your new account. When you've logged in, the 'Broadcast setup wizard' is displayed. In the first step of the wizard, click on the 'Configure other software' button to see your broadcast settings. Follow the next steps to add the settings to Virtual Dj: Open Virtual DJ and click on the "Record tab" underneath your decks. Click on "Broadcast" in the left menu. Then click on "Config" in the main section. A new window will now open. Select 'OGG (Icecast/Icecast2)' as format and 128Kbs for 'Bitrate'. Select 'Broadcast to a radio server' In the section 'Server', enter 'djuplink.com/' followed by your "Mount path" (for example: 'djuplink.com/DjName.ogg'). In the section 'Name', enter 'source'. In the section 'Password', copy and paste your Beatbravo password. In the section 'Genre', enter the Genres that you (optional). When you have entered all settings in Virtual DJ, it should like like this: Now that you've entered all your settings to Virtual DJ, click on 'Ok' to close the 'Broadcast config' window. In the Beatbravo setup wizard, click on the 'Connection test' button and proceed to the next step.Step 2 - Start broadcasting from Virtual DJ You are now ready to test your broadcast settings in Virtual DJ. Load a track in Virtual DJ and start playing it. Open Virtual DJ and click on the "Record tab" underneath your decks. Click on "Broadcast" in the left menu. Click on 'Start recording'. Virtual DJ is now broadcasting your audio. If you've entered the correct settings, you will see a message that you're connected: (When your connection fails, check your broadcast setting and repeat the steps on this page.) When Virtual DJ is connected, you need to finish the Beatbravo setup wizard: Go back to the Beatbravo 'Setup wizard'. In step 2, click on the 'Connection test' button. Beatbravo will now check the audio from Virtual DJ. Wait a while and see if the test is successful. When all went well, you are ready to broadcast!