29 June, 2018
Some Things You'll Need
Once you set up your radio station stream, there are some things you'll need to go live. Below we'll share our experiences and give you our recommendations. If you've been doing this for a while, you're probably all set. If you're new to live streaming please take a moment and read the following information.
Live Streaming Software
In order to stream live, you will need software that encodes your live stream and connects to the server. This will send your stream out to your lsiteners. There are many third party programs that will do this. Some are free. For the past 11 years we've been using Sam Broadcaster since we use it ourselves. It's the only one we are familiar with and can offer some support.
You can try some others such as Winamp, Virtual DJ, etc., we just want customers know ahead of time the only 3rd party software we can support is Sam Broadcast. You get what you pay for and we've found it's the only one ready to go out of the box. They also have a 30 day free trial.
We normally use the Yahmaha CM500 Headset with built in directional microphone. This is great if you're going to take online calls through skype, or use a mixer to have more than one person in the studio broadcasting with you. We have five sets and they are reasonably priced.
We also have a MXL 990 Condesor Microphone with Shockmount. This is a great mic if you'll be alone while live, or making podcasts. But be ware, it will pick up a dog bark in another room, or even someone knocking on the door. If you order one, don't forget the mic stand.
In the begining we used cheap microphones you can find in any department store and gradually grew to what we use now. You can try them first, these are only suggestions. We have found that built in and USB microphones can cause you a lot of grief. In any circumstance, you will need to adjust your microphone settings in your machine to get them jsut right.
Need A Sound Mixer?
There's really no need for a mixer unless you are taking telephone calls, or have someone DJing with you when you're live. If you decide to go that route, we suggest the Behringer Xenyx 1202. We use the Eurorack UB 1202 but it is not longer available. The two are identical except for the color.