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What is Simplecast?

SimpleCast takes audio from your line-in, microphone or even any audio being played over your soundcard and then encodes this audio in real-time to be streamed over the internet to listeners across the world - all with a single click of a button.
This application is not only easy to use, but aslo extremely powerful ...
Metadata adaptors allows external applications to send song and captioning data to SimpleCast. (Already has native support for most major automation systems).
Gather real-time statistics from all your streaming servers so you know how many listeners are connected at any given time and generates song history logs.

SimpleCast is perfect for broadcasting
- Sporting events
- Concerts and Live shows
- Live DJ/Night Club appearances
- Private Parties - or audio from any music system that does not support internet streaming

SimpleCast v2.5.3
: Download Link

SimpleCast main interface

This is the main display of the SimpleCast Broadcaster. First of all you need to start the Internet Broadcaster with the "Start/Stop" Button. After starting you should see the VU Meter on the right moving as long has you have any sort of audio playing. This indicates that the plugin is sucessfully grabbing your audio from the sound card. If do not see the VU Meter moving altough you have audio playing, be sure to setup your windows mixer. Set the recording options of the mixer by clicking on the "speaker" icon in the tray. Normally you should find expression like "What you hear", "Stereo Mixer" or "Wave". This depends on the sound card you are using.

The buttons "Encoders" and "Statistics" will show/hide the enocders and statistic parts of the plugin which are descriobed below. In the main display you see the time you have been streaming and the current time. Also, displayed on the main interface of the SimpleCast Internet Broadcaster plugin, will be all of your servers total "Current Listeners" and "Peak Listeners" combined from all your separate relays for you..

Configuring the Internet Broadcaster

On the plugins main interface, select the "Config" button and you should will first see the "General options". Here you can set the general base encoder options. Select the sound card from which you want to grab your audio from and also a location of the log file. You should also select "Automatically start on load" so the plugin will be started immediately when it is started.
The next point is the "AudioRealm" Member Login details window. If you have signed up at AudioRealm as a member of their Network, you will place your "Username" and "Password in the appropriate fields. If you choose not to use these services, simply ignore these fields. However signing up with AudioRealm is FREE and you will instantly receive additional services and resources that enhance this plugins abilities as well as receive FREE listing of your stations on the AudioRealm .stations listing directory, which can help drive potential listenership to your Broadcast.

Adding/Removing a Relay

Now you can select "Statistic Relays" and this window will appear. To add a Statistic relay, select the + or (add relay) icon or if you are removing a relay entry, select the - or (remove relay) icon.
Next, select the server relay plugin "Type" you wish to use. Then select OK.Be sure that you already know what types of servers you are using for your broadcast and what their associated details are!! - In most cases these details will include the servers IP, the port and the password to access it. If you are using a streamimg provider like the ViaStreaming, we have already sent you these details.

Types supported include:
- ShoutCast - both older and newer versions
- Windows Media/MPM

Adding/Removing Encoder Instances

Now you are ready to setup your encoders. Slelec the Encoders button on the main display. Now you should see the SimpleCast Encoders Interface. In the top menu bar of the encoders plugin "Click" on the + (add encoder) or - to (remove encoder). If you are indeed configuring an encoder for the first time - go ahead and select + (add encoder) and proceed to the next step - ("Select your encoder type")
The "Toolkit" button will also allow you to configure your plugin at anytime by selecting it in the "Status" window once it has been initially added.
Additionally you can Start and Stop each of your encoders by selecting those buttons. Simply "Select" an encoder you wish to Stop or Start in the encoders "Status list" and click on the desired function/button.
The "Scripting Window" is the last button on the far right of the Menu - (red arrow and document image). This enables the "Scripting Window" - We will cover more on this feature later - but in short it will allow you to add "In-Stream" scripting commands and do really cool things for your listeners by passing commands directly into the encoder and then in your stream to the listener!

Select your encoder type

There are currently 3 different types in the list:
- WMA (v9 advanced)
- MP3 (mp3pro or plain mp3)

Select the one you wish to use and click "OK" - it is now added to your list and you can now move on to the instructions for whichever encoder type you've chosen.

Adding mp3PRO or mp3 plain encoder Converter

For mp3PRO and mp3 plain you will need to click on the "Choose Format" button and in the dropdown menu that appears you will select the mp3 type (pro or plain), the Bitrate and the samplerate (frequency) as well as the Stereo or Mono setting combination you desire. Then - Select "OK" to add the setting you chose.
Next, In the "General options" section, you can set your encoder to "Auto Start" and or "Auto reconnect" within a specific time and also by selecting "Allow Scripts in Stream" you will enable the "Automatic data streaming" for embedded MP3 players that support it like that at AudioRealm.com - *Make sure to have also selected the "Allow scripts in stream" option for this to function.
Additionally there will be more innovative functions coming in the future for "In-Stream" scripting - but we'll cover that later..

Adding Station and Server Details

Select the "Server Details" tab and you should now see the same window as shown in our image. First you will select your "Server Type". For mp3pro/mp3 streaming, this plugin can support many different types of mp3 server including ShoutCAST.

Here we will be configuring the most widely used, a ShoutCast mp3 server like the ones we use with our AudioRealm Hosting services. Simply fill in the details starting with your Servers IP, Port and Password information and then adding your Stations details, Select your stations "Genre" and add your websites URL. Optional are the AIM, ICQ and IRC details.

If you wish to have your station listed in the associated servers "Public" listing directory - you will need to make sure that you check the box to enable that. Selecting this option will list your station on http://www.shoutcast.com/. Great for listener traffic generation! However, if you wish your stations listing to be "Private", then DO NOT select the "List on public" option.

If you wish to have your stations information as well as Song, Artist, Album and such information displayed in the listeners player, you must check the "Enable title streaming" option!

If you plan on running a ShoutCast or Icecast server located or running on the same machine as your Broadcast, then try and avoid using "localhost" or ,and if your machine has an assigned IP best results will be achieved from using it instead, however you can use localhost or - But again, having the "True" IP is best.

*NOTE - DO NOT use a proxy IP if you are in fact running off a Proxy server!!

Configuring Windows Media Audio 9 (WMA9)

Setting up a WMA encoder is pretty straight forward. First you will need to select your audio "Profile" or Bitrate/Sampling settings. There are several pre-defined settings available in the profile list and they are generally the most widely accepted settings to use. But you are also able to create your own "Custom" profiles.

Setting WMA Stream Options

After you have selected your Audio "Profile", click on the "Stream Options" tab. Here you will need to add your desired "Port" and "Max clients" information.

By default the PORT is automatically set for you and in most cases it will not need to be changed, however in some cases with firewall's and proxy servers, they may require that you use another port. Simply add it instead.

In regards to the "Max Clients", this setting is conditional on how many listeners or WMA servers you wish to allow connection "Directly" to your encoder or indeed your PC machine.

*NOTE -The plugin will actually allow you to encode and stream "Direct" to your listeners without the use of a WMA server but this is HIGHLY not recommended!

The user will be connecting to YOU directly and it will have an adverse affect on the amount of your Band-width available. Simply you will be serving the stream directly - so be sure you know you have sufficient Band-width resources to achieve this otherwise for "Optimal" usage, you should only use a WMA Streaming server and set the "Max Connections" of your WMA encoder to 1 or 2, or dependent on the amount of WMA servers you will be using or allowing connection with.

However you will need to note that a WMA encoded stream functions with it's server in a somewhat different way than the MP3 encoder/server process.

Basically the WMA server will need to know "your IP and port information" as opposed to setting it in the plugin configuration itself (reverse of what MP3 Encoder is). The WMA server will then look for your WMA encoders IP and port that each is running on and connect directly to you, then serve the stream to your listeners.

If you are using a Stream Host provider such as "AudioRealm's", they will require your IP/Port info and then assist you with the servers actual link information to use to serve your stream.

In the "Scripting" tab you can select the "Scripting", "Title Streaming" and "Allow automatic data streaming" options

Stream Archive

A nice feature included with the SimpleCast Internet Broadcaster plugin (mp3PRO, MP3, WMA, OGG) is the ability to "Archive" or save the stream directly to a folder on your Hardrive in the format it is being encoded in. This is very useful specifically if you have a show or event that you would also like to have "saved".

For each plugin the process is the same - simply check the "Save stream to file" option and select the directory you wish it to be saved to, then name the file using it's associated extension (i.e.. - .wma, .mp3)

Next, you may select the "File split options" depending on how you desire the file to be saved. Then as soon as you "Start" or enable the encoder, the encoded data will begin to be written and saved to to the folder on your hardrive that you selected.

Be SURE to Stop the encoder when you are finished with the portion of your Event or Show you chose to save. The file that is created will be the same "Bitrate/Sampling" rate that the encoder was initially set to.

*NOTE - Be "Extremely" careful when using this feature as it will write data continuously to your drive - be sure to disable it when not desiring it's use or you will quickly fill your Hardrive!

Real Time Statistics

In the main display you can click on the "Statistics" button. Now you should see the Statistic Relays Display. This statistics tracks "each" server type and reports each server's statistics separately but also combines all the server so you know the "total" listeners of all your servers as well as what your peak listenership is.

You may also if you like, sign up for "FREE" to join the AudioRealm Network as a member of their Internet Broadcast Community and receive additional services and resources that will extend this plugins abilities. Visit their site for more information at www.audiorealm.com

Shoutcast Relay

To add a Shoutcast relay - fill in the "Host" or server's IP, the server's "Port" and the password assigned the server, then select OK. You can also do this in the "Config" section (see above). The relay should now be added to the "Status Window" of the Plugin. Also, if you are adding multiple relays - you can assign them each their own color for display in the your stats graph - Do this by clicking on the "Color" block and select the color you wish to associate with the relay.

MPM/WMA(Windows Media) Relay

In the Stats Plugin, you will notice that we refer to Windows Media Server relays as MPM. This is because as previously explained in this documentation, MPM or Media Point Manager is required to be in use in conjunction with a Windows Media Server.
Assuming you have acquired a Windows Media host solution with MPM support or have configured your "personally" owned WMA server with MPM - you would have received a password and username to connect to an MPM configured "mount point".
Now add your username and password in the "Station Information" fields and then select your Host provider and or WMA Servers name that will appear in the "MPM Host" Drop down menu.In most cases you will always set the "MPM Port" to 8008, but your host provider will give you these details.
Next in the "Alias" Drop down menu, select your "Alias" name given to you by your Host provider, in most cases this will generally be your stations name or something close to it. Then set the "Bitrate" your will be broadcasting at, set a "Color" for display on the Stats Graph and select OK. Your new MPM stats relay is now added to the "Status Window" of your plugin.

Relays "Status" Window

If you have successfully configured and added your relays, then your "Status" window will appear like this - also once the "Relays Plugin" has connected to your server/servers - it will report it's "Status" as "Active(OK)". Your servers details (IP/Port) will appear in the Display, also the audio format you are streaming , the Bitrate, the server "type" and of course the amount of listeners and connection capacity for each relay you have added.

At anytime that you wish to "Hide" or minimize the Stats Plugin, simply click on the "Hide" button and it will then reside in your task bar. Mouseing over the plugins icon will also display the current and High listener connections. Right clicking on this icon will bring up a menu allowing you to select to "Show" or "Hide" the plugin.

Statistics Relay Graph

The graph displays each of your relay's details in the predefined color you assigned them. The Statistics will update automatically every 60 seconds or you can "Force" an update by clicking on the "Force Update" Icon in the menu.

With Shift-Drag left mouse you can drag a box. The graph will then zoom to that box. Shift-click on the graph to restore the graph to normal size. Using Ctrl-Click then dragging the window in any direction, you can "Pan the view" of the graph. This can be used to browse back a little into your stats history or to expand the window to make it larger. Shift-Click once again restores the graph to normal.

Statistics Menu

There are 5 Icons that relate to functions of the plugin -
The first or far left icon is to open the "Main Configuration" window.
The + (add relay) icon adds a relay type.
The - or (remove relay) icon removes a relay entry.
The "Tools" icon allows you to selectively configure or manage a relay.
The "circular" or far right icon when pressed will "Force Update" all your relays immediately.

What is SAM BroadCaster?

is short for Streaming Audio Manager and was developed specifically with the needs of Internet broadcasters in mind. It combines six years of research with cutting-edge technology to bring you the power, features, and reliability professional broadcasters require. SAM takes control of all aspects of your broadcast and makes you sound professional while saving you time and money. With the flexibility, compatibility, and strong support network, it is little wonder SAM is considered the best Internet broadcasting tool available today.

SAM BroadCaster : Download Link

1. Setting up your SHOUTcast Encoder

You have set up a streaming server the next step is to create an encoder that can supply the streaming server with a source stream.

Go to Desktop B in SAM Broadcaster
In the Encoders window click on the '+' button
If you wish to stream in mp3PRO mode, please select the 'MP3 and mp3PRO' Circle and click 'OK'.

        Alternatively, you can select MP3 (Normal) [If Available].
       Note: Using the mp3PRO encoder for normal MP3 streaming is not recommended.

On the Converter tab

        Set Quality to Medium
        Under Format select the format that matches what you purchased at SpacialNet.com for stream hosting. See the            SpacialNet.com stream hosting account panel for bitrate.
        Check 'Auto Start encoder after 5 seconds'
       Note: Be sure that 'Allow scripts in stream' is unchecked.

Server Details tab

        Server type is SHOUTcast
        Server Details (found on Activation Email from ViaStreaming.com)
              - Enter Host in 'Server IP' field
              - Enter Port in 'Server Port' field
              - Enter Password in 'Password' field
        Station Details area
              - Type in your Station Name
              - Select the genre from the drop-down box or type in your own
              - Type in your Website URL
              - Enter AIM ID (optional)
              - Enter ICQ # (optional)
              - Enter IRC Channel (optional)
              - Check 'List on public station listing (recommended)
              - Check 'Enable title streaming' and be sure that $combine$ is in the field below 'Enable title streaming' to display titles.
       Note: This will list your station at SHOUTcast.com

Click OK

Your Encoder should now say 'encoded (#) and streamed (#)'.

2. Setting up your SHOUTcast Statistic Relay

The final step is to create a Statistics Relay for the streaming server.

A statistic relay simply grabs the current status and viewer count from each server, reporting the details to SAM. Without a statistic relay, SAM will not know where listeners can connect to listen to your music and it will also not accurately report the count of listeners connected to your stream.

Go to Desktop B in SAM Broadcaster

In the Statistic Relays window click on the '+' button

Select SHOUTcast Statistic Relay, click OK

Enter SHOUTcast server details (found on Activation Email from ViaStreaming.com).

        Enter Host in 'Host' field
        Enter Port in 'Port' field
        Enter Password in 'Password' field
        If you don't want your server listed publicly, check 'Private statistic relay'
       Note: Using the mp3PRO encoder for normal MP3 streaming is not recommended.

Click OK

Statistic Relay should now say 'Active (OK)'

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