The installation is very simple, so I will not deal with it, I will go directly to the parameterization. Once you've installed the app, run it and you'll see the screen below
Before going deeper into the RadioBoss configuration, let's look at what we see in our original window. Our window is divided into 7 parts. The first top contains the various options and the menu, the second right and left of the current time and date, as well as the graphic equalizer. Just next we see "On air" and "Coming up next", clues about our song list. Going down and left, we see the log window, where the history appears from the moment we open the program, until we close it, any errors appear in red. Next to this is our player with the classic options (play, stop, pause, next, previous, forward, rewind, repeat track, stop next, shuffle, repeat playlist and of course, attention to that, the volume we listen to! )
Let's go now to the middle part of the window, which we will show in more detail, since it also helps a lot in subsequent parameterization.
Right is the space that we place our songs, it has two choices. The "Main":
What's the difference now? The main playlist is the one that comes out in the air while temp is our test list where we can put tracks and make them pre-audiously without affecting the normal flow of our program.
As you have noticed, I have already added some songs to both lists. this is done in two ways. the first one is from a window that we are already open to drag and drop the song or playlist (m3u file), and the second drag and drop from the left (tab "File Explorer").
Right next to the "File Explorer" option is "Search", which for so many years has served me nowhere, so I will not deal with it: P Just next to it is the "Information" option:
From this tab we can see the information of the track that we have selected from the right, we can also correct them and then click on "Save", as long as the particular piece that we want to change does not play!
Then comes the "Schedule" option which if useful is quite useful.
Through this option you can program jingles, songs, lists you want to play at any time, whether it's minutes, hours or days.
An important tab to which we will return later, "FX".
It is the tab that we have the most time selected during the broadcast. We see the tensions of the tracks, if necessary we lower them or amplify them (from the gain) so that the signal does not burst. In fact, by gain you adjust the volume that will go to the server. We set the equalizer (either from the list or manually), turn it off / on, and most importantly from here, we open the microphone when we want to go air, clicking once on the "MIC". When we want to close it, we just rebuild it. More details and settings for the microphone will be seen later. We remember after each change we make in any of the above settings, click on "Save" (floppy disk icon).
Below the "MIC" button, there is another that says "Effects ...". Let's click it to fix something else.
What we mentioned earlier in relation to "Save" is also true here. In any of the tabs shown in the image we change, click on the corresponding floppy disk. From this window, all I had to worry about was on the "AutoAmp" tab, which basically controls the auto-amplification of songs that play low from the start.
We select "Preset 2" from the list and activate it. Then, you know ... We push the bite, then "Close".
After "FX" comes the "Plugins" which I also never used, and then "Crossfades" is also very important.
In the beginning nothing is selected here. Initially, we click on "Fade in", "Fade out" and "Mix point", and we put the values that satisfy us. It is good to do some testing to find the best for you, I have the following prices:
And of course do not forget about "Save".
Let's now say a few things about choices within the menus on top of our window.
Below the View menu you can find what I described above plus some settings for the program font, listening statistics (which I did not need as I see the statistics directly from the server) and language selection.
Below the "Playlist" menu, we have several interesting options for inserting tracks or lists of links, line in, and even links. Notepad is also useful for streaming if you want to write something to keep it from forgetting it. You can also delete files from your list if they are not in the disk ("Delete nonexistent files"), CAUTION because the option "Delete files from disk" is deleted from the bottom right!
Next interesting piece is "Jingles" in which you can add up to 9 spots you use often to select them on-site from this menu and play during the show. To add a spot to the list, the process is very simple. You go "Jingles -> Assign ...":
Select the number to which you want to add the spot and select "Add" from the right. You find the file and just choose OK. This was now you've entered a spot on the Jingles list. All you have to set is "Output volume when starting jingle" which you will see again with testing as needed, I have it completely down.
Before going to the "Settings" menu, let's take a deep breath! We are entering the most pivotal point of our current tutorial.
Choose "Settings -> Preferences ...":
At this stage, it is good to have your subjective opinion. What do I mean, let's say I do not want the program to start with the opening of my computer, but some of you may want it. So it would be better than what I'm going to tell you, to check your settings carefully.
So go straight to the "Playback" tab:
From here, you select the sound card from which you will receive the output as well as some additional settings. I left it as it was, and I did not have to hurt something.
Series has "Microphone / Line in":
CAUTION! When the program opens, the microphone must already be connected to the sound card to recognize it.
We chose "Do not use Windows mixer" on the right, and then our sound card and the source from which we'll get the voice, that's where the microphone is connected.
Just below, we choose the level in dB, which will drop the music when we open the microphone, and the Fade input in seconds, which sets how fast the music drops to the level we have set.
We should pay little attention to the dBs we will set because the decrease is relative to the level playing music at that time.
Let's give an example, let's say that in the "FX" tab we showed earlier, we have the gain at -6 dB and in the above tab we have set the "Music level" to -16 dB. Then when we press the "MIC" button to get air, the gain will drop to -22 dB. Correspondingly if we have the gain of 6 dB, we will drop to -10 dB. Whatever you have, you have to test it based on your own tone and volume, as well as in relation to the musical "carpet", if you use it.
Below is the choice of LINE.IN if you intend to use it.
Something that should also be mentioned is that when talking on the microphone, it is preferable not to wear the headphones because you will hear your voice with a slight delay and you may be confused.
Next tab of interest is "Converter":
As you can see, I have the "128 kbps Joint Stereo", everyone here puts what they want and the server they are connecting to.
Our last tab "Broadcast":
As you see, there are 5 tabs. This means that you can select 5 different servers that you can either broadcast at the same time, or have them backed up, or just make different broadcasts. We will see how these are done. Let's first explain the fields.
Server: the address for the server to connect to, along with its port.
Password: your password for that server.
Encoder type: which type of file will be the encoding of the broadcast.
Bitrate: the transmission rate or if you want better, the quality of the sound going out.
Name: name of your show to appear in metatags.
Description: a short description.
URL: your station link.
Genre: What kind of music you play.
Fields that I have reddish are obligatory, others are optional.
As you can see above, the "Broadcasting enabled" option is bold. If this option is disabled, you will not be broadcasting whatever bills you are doing ... However, if you turn it on, and you have not enabled an "Enabled" server, the program will not know where to connect, so again you are not broadcasting. So what do we look for? Have at least one server selected and "Broadcasting enabled".
Are we going to do a test now? Here's how my Broadcast tab shows:
My server is in this form because it is within my local network. Yours most likely is that it will take the form of a regular address. Be careful, do not forget the door (: 8000). And the address and the door will be given to you by the company to which you have purchased streaming. Once you have made these settings and press OK, you will see the message "Connected to server! (Output 1)" in the lower-left log. The number next to the output refers to the server you activated on the "Broadcast" tab before.
If something has gone wrong with your server connection information or your connection to the server in general, you will see "Can not start broadcasting (output 1): Error 2" and "Connection / encoder died (output 1). ... "in red letters.
Never forget when turning off the program to disable the "Broadcasting enabled" option on the "Broadcast" tab!