Setup guide – Edcast for live audio

At this time, the recommended application for streaming live audio on a Windows computer is Edcast.

Edcast is available as a winamp DSP plugin, but will accept live audio.

1 – Download and install Winamp

  • Download Winamp from winamp.com
  • Install Winamp normally following the prompts. (We suggest you do not install the Winamp Toolbar or eMusic downloads)

2 – Download and install EdCast

During the installation process, EdCast DSP will ask which encoder options you wish to install. Do NOT select AAC at this point, as the required encoder library is already installed as part of Winamp

3 – Start Winamp, and configure the EdCast DSP plugin

Start Winamp, then enter the plugin configuration options screen. (Ctrl-K, or right click on the player and choose ‘Select Plug-in‘)

Select DSP/Effect from the list on the left, and click once on edcast DSP v3

In the Edcast DSP window, select Add Encoder

Edcast config step 1

Once an encoder appears, double click on it’s name in the box to enter the settings page.

Edcast config step 2

In the settings page, select the following options: (select the Encoder Type first)

  • Encoder Type: FHGAAC-HE     (or HE-AAC)
  • Bitrate: 64
  • Samplerate: 44100
  • Channels: 2
  • Server Type: Icecast2
  • Server IP: [Server hostname as provided to you during signup with Outcast]
  • Server port: 8000
  • Encoder Password: [Password provided to you during signup with Outcast]
  • Mountpoint: [Mountpoint provided to you during signup with Outcast. Must start with a /]
  • Reconnect Seconds: 10
  • Attenuation: 0.0

Edcast config step 3

Select the YP Settings button, and enter your stations basic details.

Public Server means that your station will be listed in public radio directories, and should be ticked for most Outcast customers.

Edcast config step 4

Click OK to close the configuration window

4 – Enable live audio input

By default Edcast will stream whatever is playing in winamp, however it can easily be switched to stream from a live audio source instead by clicking on the microphone icon in the ‘Live Recording’ box on the main display.

You will then need to select your sound device, and audio input.

edcast live recording

Use the slider to adjust the incoming audio volume so that the VU meters are only just touching the top during the loudest parts of your audio. (hint – if the VU meters are not working, click on them to activate them)

Note: If you are using live audio input you should make sure that you do NOT play any music files using winamp while encoding live audio.

5 – Start Streaming

Click Connect to connect to the streaming server.

The Transfer Rate column should show the status of the connection, including any errors.

If everything goes well, this column should read ’64kbps’. (sometimes may read very slightly higher or lower – this is fine)

Edcast config step 4

Leaving the Edcast window open, switch back to the Winamp window and start playing some audio.

You should now be streaming!

5 – Verify your stream is working

  • Log in to the Outcast Digital website, and view your stream in the ‘My Streams’ area. If all is well, you should have three green ticks.
  • Listen to your stream on another computer using the Outcast Player flash widget. Paste the following URL into any web browser (replacing mountpoint with the mountpoint you were given during Outcast signup – WITHOUT the leading /)

http://www.outcastdigital.com/assets/outcastplayer.swf?stream=mountpoint

  • Open your stream directly using a media player such as Winamp, iTunes, or VLC using the following URL (replacing mountpoint with the mountpoint you were given during Outcast signup)

http://ice1.outcastdigital.com:8000/mountpoint

Some tips:

  • If you are using a professional sound card, you may find you need to set the sample rate to 48000 to avoid audio corruption.
  • By default the VU meters in the Edcast panel are not active. Click on the gray box (to the left of ‘RMS Meter‘) to activate them.