Nicecast

Once you have downloaded and installed Nicecast you are ready to configure it to connect to your SHOUTcast stream.

Start Nicecast up and from the Window menu choose Show Server the window below will appear, click the + button at the bottom of the Servers list to create a new entry for your settings.  Enter a name for your server in the Name field (this identifies it for you in the list) and select Shoutcast from the Server Type menu. Next, enter your password in the Password field (this is your general password and not the admin password) then your server’s IP address in the Address field and the port number in the Port field, the Account and Mount Point fields are not applicable and the Public URL can be left on automatic.  At this point make sure your new server is selected in the list, quit and relaunch Nicecast to continue.

 

You can close the Server window and go back to the main Nicecast window as shown below to continue setting up. Click the Source button to select where your audio will come from, in this example we will choose iTunes, this tells Nicecast to encode the audio output from iTunes for us to stream, equally you could select GarageBand if you’re a live musician or indeed a hardware interface if you are feeding from an external source.

 

Now, let’s click on the Info button.  Your Second Streaming stream is designed for use within Second Life and therefore is supplied as a private stream the Information section sends data to the stream so that many of the stream displays available in Second Life will display some additional information, your DJ name and web site for instance but otherwise this section is optional.

 

The Titles button allows us to set preferences for how the track information from iTunes or another supported application sends data to the stream, like info this is useful as display boards and indeed some viewers will announce the track and artist that is being streamed.  Generally you will want to have ArtistAlbum and Title selected.

 

The Quality button takes us to the settings for our Encoder.  Your Second Streaming stream will support connections of up to 192Kbps, however, whether your ISP connection can maintain this will depend on the number of applications using your internet connection, cable/wifi quality, how many hops your providers’ network takes to reach the backbone of the Internet, contention ratios etc. We recommend you start at 96Kbps as a baseline, the quality of audio at this rate is near CD and will provide a great listening experience for most listeners.  It can take some trial and error to find the best connection speed to use, even with a fairly poor connection you should be able to sustain a minimum of 48Kbps. To get started, set your Bitrate to 96Kbps, Sample Rate to 44.100Khz and Channels to Stereo, the CPU Usage/Quality slider should generally be in the middle unless you run in to issues or have a low powered Mac.

 

The Share and Effects sections are not required for basic streaming.

Once your settings have been completed you are ready to connect to your stream, to do so click the Start Broadcast button on the main Nicecast window, the State indicator will change from Standby to On Air, to stop your broadcast simply click the Stop Broadcast button.

 

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