Free Auto DJ with Vouscast
Before you can broadcast make sure AutoDJ is running on your server (must have been ordered at the time of server order).
How to start Autodj
Log into Centova Cast using the username and admin password (not the source password) we sent you after your order was complete. When you first log in after purchase your server will not be running, do NOT click start yet. Click on settings under “Configuration” under “Stream” update the following if necessary:
Next click the Autodj tab check the following:
|Song title codes:|
|Apply replay gain:|
Move over to server overrides, choose Public server status:, under relaying select your preferences.
Controls the title and URL shown in media players. Use %s to insert the title/URL provided by the source.
Stream title format:
Stream URL format:
Public server determines whether the stream will appear in public yellow-pages services.
Warning: if your stream is made public but the directory server cannot reach it, SHOUTcast DNAS may shut itself down without warning.
Now click on Mount Points and select the default /stream (leave this as is) but click Autodj Settings, set these as you desire:
|Mount point name:|
The default settings under Advanced should work. Once you are satisfied all your settings are correct click “Update” at the bottom of the page.
Starting the server
From the left menu under AutoDJ click files in this section you will upload 1 or more mp3 files once upload is complete, click on return and click on “Media” from your list of files drag and drop at least 1 file into a playlist with a general rotation setting click return again.
Now you have files in a playlist click the start button to start the server. If a success message is returned your station is streaming whatever files you placed in the playlist, from there you can add more files and create more playlists, your listeners can now hear your broadcast.
Going live over Autodj:
You will need the following:
- A computer (Windows based or Mac)
- Radio Automation software
- Microphone (for talk)
- Mixer (if you plan on taking Live calls etc.)
- Studio or quiet room with a comfortable chair
Whichever automation software you use you’ll need to setup an encoder:
Get to the encoder section of your software and create a new one, select your server type SHOUTcast or Icecast, add the server host and port(see Quick Links in Centova) enter your DJ username and password (use a : to combined them, i.e. username:password, Save. Once this is compete if you set the DJ to connect anytime (24/7 or 12am – 12am) start your encoder to go live the transition from Autodj to Live source is a smooth as fade out/fade in. Make sure you have some audio playing otherwise the Autodj will resume after 30 seconds of silence. When you’re done broadcasting from your computer stop your encoder to return your station to Autodj control.
Supported audio files
Centova only supports mp3 file therefore if your audio files are not mp3 you’ll need to convert them before uploading them to the server for playback. Be sure to convert your files at a good bitrate.
For best performance on internet radio, pay attention to the following:
Their extension must be mp3. Stick to a bitrate equal to or greater than the max bit rate your server allows you to stream at, make sure the sample frequency is no more than 44.100 kHz. Do NOT encode your files higher than 256kbps. Although Centova Cast will output audio according to your max bitrate, this accounts for files encoded at different bitrates especially those received from artists and recording studios. Make sure there is no silence at the beginning and end of your files if possible (better for fading).
WARNING: Use an FTP client (FIlezilla) to upload audio longer than an hour and larger than 20mb (See quick links for more). If the file does not show in the list when you go to the media section to add it click on the options button and then click “manually update library.” If you have trouble with this or need assistance give us a call or open a ticket.
Upload files to the server via the web interface:
When you have the files you need to upload to the server, log into Centova again and click on files to begin (to keep your server organized it’s a good idea to create folders for your files). For multiple or large files it’s better to use FTP.
In Centova control panel, click on “Quick Links,” scroll to the bottom for FTP access details.
In your FTP client (Filezilla) enter your host name either the server IP or domain if you have one, leave the port field blank, enter your server admin username and password, connect to the FTP server and select your file folder on the server you want to upload to, then navigate to where your files are stored on your computer and upload them.
Setting up Playlists:
As mentioned above go to the media area to drag and drop the files you want to broadcast into the playlists you need. Each playlist can be scheduled by the following settings:
You can choose to play songs randomly or in sequential order. Setting Playback WEIGHT determines which playlist plays more often the higher the weight number the more often songs in this playlist will play. Centova will try to avoid playing the same artists too often within a short period of time. If you have multiple playlists with General Rotation you can control which ones play during certain times of the day, for example if you have a playlist for reggae and you set the time for 6pm – 6am and then set your rock playlist from 6am to 6pm then at 6pm your station will begin playing reggae when the current song finishes playing.
Of course you can set your playlist to play all day if you play only one genre or you want to mix your genres, don’t forget to enable and save your your playlist settings before moving to the next (there’s no need to restart your server when making playlist settings).
A scheduled playlist means the files in this playlist will play begin to play at the time you tell it to begin (note the autodj cannot automatically interrupt the currently playing song it will wait for the song to finish first then begin the new playlist). You can manually skip the current song 1 minutes after the scheduled playlist time. Scheduled playlists can be set as daily, weekly, monthly or yearly. You can choose to play all the tracks in sequential order, random play or play only track at random. You can also interrupt this playlist if the scheduled time arrives.
Recommended for Jingles, station IDs and short files (interludes). Set as all or random one at a time after X number of songs have played or X number of minutes have passed. Again Autodj will always wait for the end of a song before inserting the new track.
As it suggests immediately after enabling or updating the files in this playlist will play (good for one time events).
Playback from a playlist
In order for a playlist to work you must add files to it. Click on “Media” under Autodj select the songs you want, drag and drop one or more into the playlist(s) on the left panel. Use the same method for all your files. If you use the FTP you will have to do the same to get the files into your playlists.
After all of this, with everything setup correctly your AutoDJ is running, click “Start,” under server the red Xs on Server, Autodj, and Source will turn green meaning your station is now broadcasting.
Distribute your station:
On your website embed an number of free flash players you can search the web for a free SHOUTcast/Icecast player and generate one you like. We also provide our clients a free HTML5 with flash fallback player upon request. Which can be either embedded on the page or setup as a popup player, this player is also compatible with mobile devices.
Registering your station
In new version of SHOUTcast you must manually an AUTHHASH to make your server public in the Shoutcast directory. Unlike Shoutcast v1, v2 of the SHOUTcast directory requires an account.
By default, the server starts in private mode to change that make sure under configuration > settings > server Overrides you select “public server” to “automatic” or “always,” click update and restart the server.
In left menu click under server click “admin,” a new page will open in a separate tab you’re now on the Shoutcast administration page. On the top right corner click on “Server Login” the username is “admin” the password is your control panel panel password (NOT the source or DJ password). on that page Click on “Create Authhash”; Enter the your station name, a description of the station, a genre and sub-genre, keywords, your website URL, a valid email address, select the your country “country” (i.e. United States) and your station’s main language. You can leave the city field blank, leave the checkbox “Make Primary Server Private” unchecked.
Now click Create Authhash your server will be listed in the Shoutcast directory within 15 minutes. There are tons of other radio directories you can submit your station to see our short guide here.
Lastly, never to stream at a higher bitrate than allowed for example if your highest allowed bitrate is 128kbps (recommended) stick to it and advice your DJs accordingly. Violating this rule will get your server suspended without warning, we have a 0 tolerance policy on this, continued bad behavior will get your account canceled.
If you want to stream at a higher bitrate either purchase the plan with the bitrate you want from the beginning or contact us for a free bitrate only upgrade.