Streaming the Nullsoft SHOUTcast source DSP
Plug-in: DSRadio (Tutorial Crew)
Streaming with the Nullsoft Shoutcast Source DSP Plug-in is the easiest way to stream live music and/or voice to your Server Room Shoutcast or Icecast Server. To start off, lets make sure you have the essentials. In order to broadcast you should have the following components and/or software: Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 Latest version of Winamp: Download Nullsoft Shoutcast Source DSP Plug-in for Winamp: Download Internet Access: Although you can broadcast with a 56k internet connection, a DSL or Cable connection to the internet is recommended for optimal performance. If you already have the above requirements, please continue in your reading. If you do not have the above requirements, you may read on but you may experience problems other than those addressed in this tutorial. Lets begin. If you have not already done so, install Nullsoft Winamp and familiarize yourself with it. Also install the Shoutcast DSP Plug-in – you should not have to close Winamp to perform the installation.
Begin by loading Nullsoft Winamp. Right click on the title bar that reads “Winamp” and mouse over the menu labeled “Options” then click on the option labeled “Preferences”. You may also press CTRL-P on your keyboard. [See figure 1.1]
Now that you have opened the preferences dialogue, click on the item to the left side of the dialogue labeled “Output” under the Plug-ins category. This part is pretty much up to you depending on the sound you want. If you select the standard “waveOut output”, you will experience minor moments of silence in between songs. You do not want to select the options labeled “Nullsoft WMA Output plug-in” or “Nullsoft Disk Writer plug-in” as these will create copies of the songs you attempt to play in different file formats on your hard drive. Our recommendation would be to use the “DirectSound output” or the “Nullsoft Crossfading Output” but for the purposes of this tutorial we will be using the DirectSound output. Note: if you do not have a soundcard installed on your computer, you will need to select the “Nullsoft NULL Output Plug-In” which will allow you to stream the music without getting error messages because Winamp was unable to find a soundcard. If you wish to follow along with the tutorial, select the plug-in labeled “DirectSound output”. [See figure 1.2]
Now you must enable your Nullsoft Shoutcast DSP plug-in. To do so, choose the item labeled “DSP/Effect” under the Plug-ins category. Upon doing so you will have two options (considering that you have not installed other DSP plug-ins) which are “(none)” and “Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source DSP”. You will of course want to select the plug-in labeled “Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source DSP”. You may now close the preferences dialogue. A new dialogue window should have opened with a title that reads Shoutcast Source. [See figure 1.3/1.4]
You are now ready to setup the Shoutcast Source to broadcast to your Server Room streaming audio server. For this step, you must know your server address, port, and password. If you already have an account and you are logged in, the image below will include your actual IP, port and password. To start, click on the output tab. [See figure 1.5]
You will now need to set the Yellowpage setting for your broadcast, The Yellowpage setting is optional but will allow your station to be listed on the Nullsoft Shoutcast website at www.shoutcast.com. The Yellowpage setting also allows your listeners to see what is currently playing and what the name of your station is. To acces the Yellowpage configuration, click the button labeled “Yellowpages” to the right of the “Connection” button. [See figure 1.5]
You should now click on the tab on the top of the Shoutcast Source labeled “Encoder” which will change the dialogue to what you see below. [See figure 1.6]
Finally, you will need to setup your input to the source. Click the tab on the top of the Shoutcast Source that is labeled “Input” and you will see the following dialogue. [See figure 1.7]
Congratulations! You are now ready to connect to your streaming audio server and test your broadcast settings. You may do so by clicking on the “Output” tab on the top of the Shoutcast Source window and clicking on the Connect button. If you have chosen to use the microphone as your second input (to talk-over your music) you may wish to return to the “Input” dialogue which will give you some more options such as a talk-over function that will aid you in performing live voice-overs. You may also wish to adjust the sound levels on the “Input” dialogue to further fit your needs.