Step 1 - Install Winamp
Download and install Winamp (if you don’t already have it installed). Winamp is a free download.
Step 2 - Install the Shoutcast DSP Plugin
Download the Shoutcast DSP Plugin for Winamp and install it. This is a free plugin for Winamp that lets you stream out to the Internet.
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Run the file you just downloaded and this will install the DSP into Winamp.
Step 3 - Start the Shoutcast DSP Plugin
- Start Winamp
- Press Ctrl - P (Ctrl and P keys together) - This will open the settings page.
- (a) Click ‘DSP/Effect’ on the left column - you may need to scroll down.
- (b) Select ‘Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source DSP’ - a window called ‘SHOUTcast Source’ will appear.
Step 4 - Enter the Shoutcast Server settings
- (c) Click the ‘Output’ tab
- (d) Click ‘Connection’
- (e) In the ‘Address’ field enter the Shoutcast server host as shown in your Shoutcast email or Fast Serv account under Services -> Shoutcast.
- (f) In the ‘Port’ field enter the Shoutcast server Port as shown in your Shoutcast email or Fast Serv account under Services -> Shoutcast.
- (g) In the ‘Password’ field enter the Shoutcast server DJ password as shown in your Shoutcast email or Fast Serv account under Services -> Shoutcast.
Note: You can log into your Portal account to obtain your Shoutcast server details critical for this step (if you don’t already have them):
Step 5 - Set up the Encoder
The Encoder is the ‘heart’ of Shoutcast. It takes the audio from Winamp (or the microphone or line input) and converts it into MP3 format to be sent to your listeners.
- (h) Click the ‘Encoder’ tab.
- (i) Click ‘Encoder 1’ in the ‘Encoder’ field.
- (j) Select ‘MP3 Encoder’ in the ‘Encoder Type’ menu.
- (k) Select the appropriate bitrate in the ‘Encoder Settings’. You can choose any ‘kbps’ that is equal or lower to the bitrate ‘kbps’ of the Shoutcast package you purchased.
Note: Be very careful when choosing your Encoder Settings. The bit rate (kbps) MUST be equal or lower to the Shoutcast plan you purchased.
Step 6 - Set up your Station Details
- (l) Click the ‘Output’ tab.
- (m) Click the ‘Yellowpages’ button.
- (n) Give your station a title.
- (o) Enter your website address, including the http:// part.
- (p) Enter a the genre of music or content. You can list more than one, separated by commas.
- (q) If you want the titles of songs streamed to the players, click ‘Enable Title Updates’.
Step 7 - Choose the audio source
Here we will choose whether to broadcast what is playing in Winamp, or instead the live sound input to your computer (microphone, line-in, ect).
- (r) Click the ‘Input’ tab
- (s) If you want to stream files played in Winamp, choose ‘Winamp’ in the ‘Input Device’ menu. If you wish to instead broadcast a live audio feed or microphone input, select ‘Soundcard Input’.
Note: If you select ‘Soundcard Input’, the default recording device in the Windows control panel will be used for streaming. You can monitor the levels in the ‘Input Level’ area—it is recommended to keep your input level less than -2 dB to prevent distortion. You may have to adjust the recording mixer properties if the levels aren’t moving (see below under ‘troubleshooting’).
Step 8 - Start streaming
- (t) Click the ‘Output’ tab.
- (u) Click ‘Connect’.
- (v) You should immediately see bytes counting up in the ‘Status’ box. If the bytes are stuck at 0 or remains ‘Not Connected’, see the troubleshooting section below.
- (w) If you would like to have the Shoutcast DSP automatically connect each time you start Winamp, tick the ‘Connect at Startup’ check box.
You’re now streaming live on the Internet!
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Winamp may seem to have to gone by the wayside in terms of technical advancement as a media player but this is not the case at all. Although it’s 21 years old it still commands a well-regarded fanbase and a big reason for this is the huge range of free and paid for plug-ins that are available. The 3rd party plug-ins architecture enables you to extend Winamp’s flexibility to do what you require with Input, Output, Visualization, Digital signal processing/effects, Media library, mobile and general purpose and are quick and easy to download. The majority of plug-ins work on a local cache rather than live queries against the Icecast, SHOUTcast and Tunein services.
The general purpose plug-ins catalogue even includes everyday features which you can run, like an alarm clock, and the User Interface can be customized to your individual tastes and preferences. You can change your UI as often as you choose and save them as different installs. This comes on handy when you have you have more than one user. Some other examples of fun plug-ins are the CDG karaoke Plugin which is a free and safe plug-in you can use to play CDG files (mp3+g) in sync with MP3. SoftAmp Virtual Sound Winamp plug-in for 3D sound produces a three dimensional sound with four independent virtual speakers and enjoy the sound coming from above or from above and the reverberation effect is provided. You can even download the Pac-man game for free and relieve your youth!
The more serious and practical plug-ins such as the multiple DSP stacker allow you to stack as many plug-ins inside Winamp as you want, allowing you to manage everything from one place. Also available is the Waveform Seeker Plug-in v2.3.1 which defines the waveform output of a selected file which you can then use to search or seek within the file and allows you to maximize the potential within that file.
The Winamp software development kit even allows you, as a user, to create your own plug-ins across the 7 different categories such as output and input for specific projects to determine the outcomes you want to achieve. They also allow you to remove certain features that you don’t need or want, so you’re not stuck with built in facilities that take up valuable storage space. You manage your media player software, it doesn’t manage you. There are numerous forums available on the net to discuss which plug-in will work best for what you want to do. Being a member of the forums is a great way to talk to like-minded people with a passion for the software and to continually grow your Winamp capabilities. It’s also your chance to change Winamp along the way and keep it fresh, relevant and in development.
If you haven’t had a look at the catalogue and range of plug-ins available in a while, then why not start downloading today and start experimenting today. Happy fine tuning!
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