Have you wondered if it is possible to use your computer’s desktop audio, or main output, as a sound source for broadcasting, so the listener hears exactly what you are hearing on your computer? There is a way to do it with software, without using another computer or external hardware.
This is easy to do with the free program Soundflower.
Soundflower creates a kind of virtual input-output on your computer. So all you have to do is route the audio from the program you like.
download and install soundflower
Here is the direct link for the latest download for convenience.
select soundflower 2ch as output
If you want the sounds from any program on your computer to go to soundflower, you can select Soundflower as the output in system preferences.
listening to the output
You will notice you won’t hear anything. Normally you can’t hear the output of soundflower. You can monitor the soundflower output with the program Soundflowerbed.
select soundflower 2ch as input in your streaming software
Select ‘Soundflower 2ch’ as the input in your streaming softare. Here is what it looks like it Ladiocast.
Here is what it looks like in BUTT.
You can embed your stream or individual podcasts on your site with our embedded player.
Embed your stream
Click on the gear icon in the top right, then click ‘Embed’.
Just copy and paste the HTML to your website. You can select a different background color as well.
Embed individual tracks
You can also embed individual tracks you’ve uploaded to Streampusher. They will display the album artwork as well!
Go to the ‘Media’ page.
Click the pencil edit icon on the track you want to embed.
This is especially useful if you are uploading podcasts. Check out how Dent Radio is using them for their podcast episodes.
The embeds should work on any website. Please contact us if you are experiencing any trouble.
Tunein is a popular app for listening to radio stations, especially with their mobile apps for people on the go. Adding your station on Tunein’s directory can help you get more listeners. Here is how to get your Streampusher station listed on Tunein.
Add your station
Visit the TuneIn broadcasters page and click “ADD A STATION”.
Fill out all the info. For the stream url you can click on “Direct mp3 link” on your Streampusher dashboard. (You may want to right click and selection “Copy link”)
After you submit your station, you should receive a confirmation email from TuneIn. It can take a couple of days before you receive the notification that your submission was successful.
Update your station’s info
You can edit your station later if you need to. Just click “UPDATE YOUR STATION” on the TuneIn broadcasters page.
After you get the confirmation email you should see your page appear on TuneIn!
Tired of hearing your playlist in the same order all the time? Now you can thrive in randomness with the shuffle feature.
Just go to playlist settings and check the “Shuffle” checkbox. The songs in your playlist will now play in random order.
If you are using the interpolated playlist feature, note that the interpolated playlist will not play in random order.
It is often difficult to keep 24/7 live programming when you are just getting started with your station. Having archives is a great way to introduce people to your station without requiring them to tune in at the exact times that live broadcasts are happening.
Unlike SoundCloud, Mixcloud has arrangements with publishers to to pay out royalties to artists that appear in the mixes you upload. In addition there is no time limit restrictions, you can upload as much as you want. Many radio stations are taking advantage of this and hosting all of their archives over at Mixcloud. One thing that Mixcloud lacks is the ability to make your podcast downloadable.
Good ol’ XML podcasts are still in widespread use. Many people still subscribe to podcasts on iTunes. Its a bit complicated to get an XML file generated by hand, there are many services that can generate one for you (including Streampusher).
SoundCloud is quite strict about copyright, so if you are uploading a mix with popular copyrighted music it is likely to be taken down quickly.
However if you are using royalty free music or music you own the rights to, this is of course no problem. Talk radio or podcasts can also be well suited to SoundCloud.
Want to automatically export all your archives to Mixcloud, an XML podcast, or all three? This feature is now on Streampusher. After you upload your tracks to streampusher, you can export them to your favorite services in just one click.
I believe internet radio and streaming events can be improved significantly with today’s technologies. That’s why I’m creating streampusher.
Creating an online radio station is a lot of work. At the minimum you need to:
- start and manage your streaming server
- recruit DJs and presenters
- scheduling shows
- promoting shows
- manage archives and recordings
In addition, new DJs need to be instructed how to stream, which usually involves downloading desktop software, giving them credentials to access the server via their streaming software, setting up their DJ software to output audio to the streaming software, and more.
Streampusher intends to make this easy and will help you every step of the way.
You can add new DJs to your station simply by entering their email address. The new DJ will receive and email automatically with instructions on how to login and stream to the server.
You can schedule shows and programming with the calendar function. You can select a DJ to host the event as well as a backup playlist that will play in the event that the DJ is unable to do the show for any reason, ensuring there is never any dead air.
In the future, streampusher will archive recordings automatically and export them to podcasts or your favorite hosting service like mixcloud or soundcloud.
What about when there is no live DJ, or maybe you just want to play a pre-arranged playlist of songs on your station 24/7? Use our snappy playlist editor to get your playlists on the air nearly instantly. Just drag and drop mp3s or other audio files from your desktop. You can create unlimited playlists and schedule them to play at the time of your choosing.
I’m really excited about what we can do with managing radio stations via a powerful web interface, there is so much we can automate and make easier.
If you have any feedback I would love to hear it. Feel free to leave a comment below or send an email.
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