Run a Radio Station Off of Your PC

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Introduction: Run a Radio Station Off of Your PC

This instructable shows you how to create your own internet radio station just off of your home PC!

Step 1: Downloading All of the Software

First you need the proper software.

You will need WinampWinamp

ShoutCast:
DSP Plugin (For Winamp)

Server GUI

Install all of the software and continue to the next step.

Step 2: Configuring Your Router

NOTE:
Required only if behind a router

Open up your router config...usually something like192.168.x.x (Linksys 192.168.1.1)

Go into your Port Forwarding section and enter in:
In Application enter: ShoutCast
In Port enter: 8000
In IP Address enter: (whatever you IP address is behind your router, you can find this in Network Connections in your control panel)

In a new line enter:
Application: Radio Toolbox
Port: 4000
IP: (what you IP is behind router)

Make sure you click Enable otherwise the ports won't be forwarded.

Click Save Settings.

Step 3: Config Files

Now that you have ShoutCast installed you need to open the application named SHOUTcast DNAS (GUI). Click on Edit Config.

In the config you need to change the following lines:
MaxUser (how many users can be connected to your server) cannot be more than 15 or so or else it will lag.

password (this is the password that needs to be entered when configuring you winamp stuff, not to connect to the server) change it to whatever.

and thats it!

Step 4: Configurinn Winamp

Now you need to configure the SHOUTcast plugin for Winamp.

On the top of the program click Options>Prefrences

This will open up the prefrences menu. On the left, scroll down and under Plug-Ins click on DSP/Effect. Double click on Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source DSP.

When the menu opens up click the Encoder Tab.
Click Encoder 1. Select MP3 Encoder. Under that select any bitrate (128kbps is MAXIMUM reccomended...great quality).

Now click on the Output tab. Select Output 1. The only thing you have to change is the password (should be what you specified in the Config of the server in the last step) Leave everything else alone.

Now in the same window click on the Yellowpages button. Check Make this Server Public. Then enter in the information of your choice. Leave Enable Track Title Updates enables along with the two auto buttons below it.

Go onto the next step....

Step 5: Setting Up Radio Toolbox

This section is optional but it is a good idea so you can get a fancy page for your Radio Station.

Download Link: Radio Toolbox

Download the program and install it.

Open it up and press Add Server. Enter in your IP Address (NOT your IP behind your router!!! to find your IP go to http://ipchicken.com) and put :8000 behind it (no spaces). Then click ok.

Click on File>Options>Web Service
Make sure the port is 4000
Max users doesnt matter
Check auto refresh
Enter in you desired admin information
Unclick protect all pages

Step 6: Launching Your Radio Station

FINAL STEP!!!

Open your Shoutcast DNAS (GUI)
Open Winamp and open the shoutcast plugin. Click connect (in Output).
Open Radio Toolbox and click Start Log.
Play some music in Winamp.

Status Page: yo.ur.IP:4000 (go to ipchicken.com to find your IP)

Now all you have left to do is tell your friends!

You are done!

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    I would love to start my own radio station. Can you make an money doing it?

    I would love to start my own radio station. Can you make an money doing it?

    I would love to start my own radio station. Can you make an money doing it?

    It didnt work :( it said it was already open on port 80 when it was the first time i launched it

    oh btw some of your links are broken.......heres the link to shoutcasts broadcasting tools...... http://www.shoutcast.com/broadcast-tools

    where do you put the password

    does this work with macs?

    Is there a way to be talking on your station, and not just play music

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    In the Shoutcast DSP there is a tab labeled "input" click it then select "soundcard input" now below that are two buttons, one labled microphone and the other Line-in. Choose line-in. Next thing you do is purchase a mixing board, best one to get for under $100 is from Behringer. Look for the Podcastudio. That is what I use. Using a laptop or another computer to play music into the mixer. That really is the best way to mix between mic and music. but then i work in radio so its just second nature for me. :)

    Ok thanks, is there a way to change from one to another during broadcast

    I'm pretty sure you can change WHILE your broadcasting, but there will be 3 seconds of dead air inbetween the switch.

    in the input tab of your winamp plugin switch it to soundcard input, then hit open mixer and select stereo mixer and mess withe the levels...then close the mixer and go back into the plugin and select microphone instead of line in and then press push to talk....it sounds like crap and there is a better way...i just dont know it....

    there is but i cant remember how to do it.....ill get back to you

    On the SHOUTcast plugin, instead of having winamp as the input, change it to "Sound Card input" Then you can talk through your mic.

    I can't find my ip address to give it to my friends so they could here my radio online

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    press win key+r to open the run dialog. type in cmd and press enter. then type ipconfig in the black box that opens and press enter. your ip address is after the label IPv4 address