Starting Your Own Online Radio

Chrome & Unsecure Streams

After their last update Google’s Chrome browser, will not allow non-secure (HTTP) streams to play over secure websites (HTTPS) in other words if your website has SSL enabled all audio/video URLs will automatically convert to HTTPS therefore if your stream is not served via HTTPS Chrome will not connect to it leaving your listeners with failed to connect errors.

Chrome in the past like other major browsers allowed you to serve HTTP audio (non-secure) even if SSL was enabled but would warn users of  ‘mixed content’ but it would still play. They’ve taken that away forcing HTTP audio streams to load HTTPS whether the stream is secure or not.

How does this affect you and how can we help?

Just imagine how frustrating it is when you want to listen to your favorite program on your favorite station and it will not load. This is the kind of frustration you don’t want to put your listeners through least you lose them to others. has been providing radio stations with an optional secure stream URL upon request from the beginning, now, this service is automatically enabled when you sign up at no additional cost. With an HTTPS URL your stream will work across all browsers even if SSL even when SSL is not enabled.

Sign up or switch providers to today. Got questions? We’re here with answers, get in touch and find out what Vouscast Media Platform can do for you.

Read more about Chrome’s HTTP/HTTPS changes here.

One more thing, We can almost guarantee that very soon other major browsers will follow Chrome’s lead, don’t get caught without a secure stream.

Looking to increase your audience?

So you started your station and you’re doing well. Listeners are flocking to your website, they enjoy your programming. Wouldn’t you like to give them more? Better yet wouldn’t you like to give your station more exposure as you build your brand and make yourself known?

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with using any of the hundreds of apps on the market to play your station right? Certainly, that’s perfectly fine, in some cases, it might even be better for you because of the fact that many of those services are free right? Right.

Here’s the catch, while you’re using their free app, you are for starters building their brand on with your content, second, they make money off your content through advertising that you don’t get a piece of. Third, You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by developing and promoting your own app.

That’s where we come in, our parent company G & D Enterprises Inc. will create a professional, functional mobile app you can be proud of. Already have a VousCast streaming account? Good, the cost of your app will be discounted.

Get started on your app today.

Good Recording Environment

Nearly 41% of the world’s population will have internet access by 2018 (81% in the developed world). At the same time, the number of smartphone users will balloon to 2.53 billion.


These hundreds of millions of users will, of course, want access to their favorite entertainment sources online – music, movies, and most importantly for us, online radio.

Over 65M Americans used online radio every month in 2017, tuning in for over 14 hours of programming each week.


By hosting your own radio station, you can carve a slice of this enormous – and growing – audience pie.

Before you top the charts with your online radio station, however, you need to create an environment that’s conducive to recording.

In this article, I’ll share some essential tips for setting up your recording environment for better quality.


1. Choose the Right Microphone

This goes without saying – the quality of your microphone will impact the quality of your recordings.


Broadly speaking, you have three options when it comes to picking a microphone:

  • Built-in microphone: With this option, you’ll use the microphone built into your laptop or smartphone. The quality, as you can imagine, is poor and not recommended for any sort of serious pursuit.
  • USB microphone: A USB microphone connects to your computer’s USB port and works instantly. It does not require any external power. USB microphones offer a good balance between convenience, cost, and quality.


  • External microphone: Most external microphones require external power via an audio interface (called “phantom power”). This audio interface (such as Focusrite Scarlett Solo) then plugs into your computer. External microphones offer the best quality but also require a higher upfront investment.


Good-quality USB microphones start at $100+. With external microphones, you might have to budget separately for the microphone (starting at $100) and the external audio interface (another $100).


For most radio station hosts, a USB microphone will suffice.

Within external and USB microphones, you also have the choice between dynamic and condenser microphones.

  • Dynamic microphones have moving coils that produce sound via electromagnetic induction. This makes them exceptionally rugged but impacts the accuracy. Most dynamic microphones don’t necessarily require phantom power. Shure SM58 is a good example of this microphone type.


  • Condenser microphones have built-in condensers for producing sound. The condensers (or ‘capacitors’) can be highly sensitive. This gives you more accurate sound but also impacts durability. Condenser microphones always require phantom power. Audio Technica AT2035 is a good example of this microphone-type.


There really is no “right” choice between condenser or dynamic microphones. If you plan on moving about, you’ll definitely want the ruggedness of dynamic microphones.

However, if you’re doing very fine vocal work (say, recording someone singing), the warmth and accuracy of a condenser microphone will serve you better.

Evaluate your own requirements before making a choice.

Bottomline: Avoid in-built microphones. Choose from USB or external microphones. Pick dynamic microphones if durability is more important than accuracy.


2. Use the Right Microphone Accessories


Before you can jump in and start recording, you need a few accessories for your microphone.

At the very least, you should have:

  • A pop-filter: This is a simple mesh screen that fits in front of your microphone and prevents unwanted pops and noises. “Plosives” – the windy sound created when speaking ‘P’ or ‘B’ – can become very prominent without this filter.
  • A microphone stand: A good microphone is sensitive enough to capture any minor shakes and movements. A stand adds stability to your recording environment. Pick a tabletop stand since you’ll likely be recording sitting down.
  • Cables: Unless you’re using a USB microphone, you’ll need to use XLR cables to connect your microphone to your audio interface. Pick a high-quality cable with sufficient insulation and quality copper shielding.


3. Use the Right Positioning for Your Microphone


Unless you’re in a studio environment, it can be tricky to get the right placement and positioning for your microphone. Minus sound proofing treatment, every room is subject to sound reflections. Even with substantial EQing, these reflections will get recorded along with the audio, muddying up your mix.

So how can you use better placement for your microphone?

Start by figuring out what room or area within the room has the best acoustics. The easiest way to do this is to clap sharply and listen for echoes. I like to go around the room, clapping loudly near the corners and noticing the reflections.

You ideally want to pick a corner where the reflections are minimum. Avoid the center of the room since standing waves are the strongest here and will add an unpleasant ambiance to your sound.

Once you’ve figured out the least reflective corner of the room, try using some simple soundproofing on the nearest reflective surfaces (walls or doors). Soundproofing foam is the best choice but if you can’t afford that, even hanging a thick blanket on the wall can help.

4. Master Microphone Techniques


Microphones don’t record uniformly. What frequencies get emphasized – bass, mids or trebles – depends on how far/close you are to the microphone.

Broadly speaking, in most microphones:

  • Being very close to the microphone (5-15cm) will emphasize bass frequencies.
  • A distance of 15cm-30cm will emphasize mid frequencies.
  • A distance over 30cm will record a thinner sound with more treble.

“Microphone technique” refers to the speaker’s ability to use this fact to his/her advantage.

You’ll want to change your distance from the microphone depending on what you’re recording. In a part where you want more bass, pull the microphone closer. If you’re speaking normally, a neutral distance between 15-30 cm would work best. If you’re recording someone singing, use a distance of 30cm or more.

This might seem insignificant but it can impact how “professional” your final mix sounds.


5. Master EQing, Reverb and Compression


If you’ve ever used a professional audio recording tool such as Ableton or Logic Pro, you would know that there are dozens of audio effects you can use – Erosion, Saturator, Overdrive, etc.

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The most important of all these effects, however, remains the trio of EQ, Reverb and Compressor.


If you want your recordings to sound more professional, you’ll need to master these three effects.


Unfortunately, there is no “right” way to use these effects; your choices will depend on your own voice and what kind of effect you want on the audience. As a general rule of the thumb, follow these tips:


  • Cut out the low-end from the mix using EQ and amplify the high-end frequencies (>6k Hz) using a shelf filter.
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  • Use a compressor with a fast attack/response time if you’re recording spoken word. Essentially, the faster the sound changes, the more you’ll want the attack/response time to change as well.


  • Be conservative with reverb. Recordings drenched in reverb might sound good, but you lose a lot of clarity in the process.


  • Try adding a simple delay in conjunction with a light reverb to add space to the recording. Again, don’t overdo lest you lose clarity.


  • Use a noise gate to cut out unwanted frequencies. Be careful that you don’t see the gate so high that you also end up cutting out some actual sound.


Use these effects in your recording before you go live. It will make a world of difference in the quality of the output.




Audio recording is a complex art. Some seemingly minor things can have a drastic impact on the quality of your sound.

While there is no guaranteed way to get perfect sound – a lot will depend on your recording room, equipment and vocal quality – the above tips will help you get started. Follow them to see a marked improvement in your recording quality.

Once you have the recording environment set up, use to start your own radio station and broadcast yourself to the world.


Ryan Harrell contributed this article. He is a B2B marketer turned musician and blogger. He helps musicians pick the right equipment market their music better at MIDINation.


We offer server plans with or without AutoDJ. Minimum 5 GB of storage space. AutoDJ gives you the freedom to broadcast your music and pre-recorded programs 24/7 without having to run your PC 24/7. If however run a terretrial radio (AM/FM) which runs 24 hours per day you don’t need an AutoDJ server, we’ve got you covered.


AutoDJ Features

  • Web based file Uploader through the Control Panel: Upload your mp3 files to the server add to your playlist using the media library all from your favorite web browser.
  • Media Library: Easily browse and drag and drop files into your playlists for broadcasting.
  • Playlist Manager: This is where you create and manage playlists according to your needs.

While the AutoDJ is a great useful feature you don’t have to use it you can always turn it off and connect a live source to your server if you are the only DJ on your station or if you’re streaming  terrestrial radio as mentioned above. You can also use one of our live stream only plans. If however you have or play multiple DJs AutoDJ makes it easy for each DJ to connect to your server and do their set using their own password. And no need to for you to wait around to connect and disconnect DJs manually.

Starting Your Own Online Radio

48 percent of the world’s population now has access to the internet that means even with the millions of existing internet radio stations out there, it still isn’t too late to start your own station and get your audience. Vouscast can help you get started.

How do I get started?

First, you will need a few services and maybe some hardware depending on how involved or how big a station you plan on developing.

    1. * A broadband internet connection
    2.  *A VousCast Media Platform (VMP) Account
    3. Computer/Broadcasting software (Optional)
    4. Mic (Recommended)

  1. Mixer (Optional)
  2. Headphones (Recommended)
  3. DJs/Hosts (Optional)

You will need all of the above if you plan on building a large station with high-quality content and different hosts or DJs. If you plan on broadcasting a mix of talk and music you’ll need to have a good microphone, a quiet room (studio if possible).Vouscast Media PlatForm xlr_mic-e1489443823991 Starting Your Own Online Radio Production Servers

Depending on which mic you get you’ll need a mixer preferable with USB out to your computer. There are tons of microphone choices out there from XLR (mixer required) USB (mixer not required) or a standard computer mic (not recommended). You can also visit The Music Kitchen for more on microphone choices and other professional sound equipment information.


Broadcasting software, do I need it?

Only if you plan on broadcasting from a live source whether periodically or all the time if so you can choose from free software to the paid equivalent a few examples are:

Free software:

Paid Alternatives:

There are more choices out there a simple Google search can help see features, pay attention to the pros and cons of each software also read reviews carefully before you decide which is right for you.