Tuesday, June 28, 2005
On teh air
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I set up my internet radio broadcast down at Linux Caffe. They were lacking in 8bit musical goodness, so I had to fill the void with Creative Commons (a license for media that makes it free to distribute) music from the 8 bit peoples. But people got tired of the 8 bit real fast so I eventually killed the broadcast and played my normal playlist (the Hackers soundtrack).
The setup allowed people to tune in over the internet using winamp, or itunes, or xmms (linux mp3 player), and listen. As well there was an amp and speakers so people in the cafe could hear. I drew a diagram so you can see the setup. The way it worked was that I had my iBook playing the music with iTunes, and it was hooked up to a normal audio mixer. Also into the mixer was a microphone, and I've also had an acoustic pickup attached to my model M keyboard so that you could hear the clicking of typing in the background. Then the mixer was plugged into both the audio amplifier, so people could listen in the cafe, and also went into the line in of the audio card on the linux box. And the linux box would encode (encode means to translate data... in this case it would encode the normal audio data into mp3) the audio from the sound card into mp3, and then broadcast the mp3 stream. It was then broadcast to my buddy Troy's server, and he was rebroadcasting to all the listeners, so we wouldn't use up the cafe's bandwidth.
Its easy to set up your own mp3 stream. If your on a Mac, Nicecast is an awesome piece of software, and worth the $$$ if you have it. If you're an a Linux or Win box, you can use Shoutcast. With Shoutcast you need to be running a Shoutcast server, and a Shoutcast source plugin for either Winamp or Xmms.
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