Encoding Software (Standalone Encoders)
Its no more difficult than using a built in encoder. You configure it the same as a built in one.
The MYTH that a stand alone encoder is harder to use is usually put out by developers who include built in encoders in their software.
I've yet to see built in encoders function properly in some software, I frequently encountered lots of buffering messages.
Using a stand alone encoding solution means RadioDJ can be left to do what its does best and that's AUTOMATE your songs, promos and jingles.
Its a method I used when I ran a backup stream for an Internet radio station a few years back.
I've used RadioDJ alongside Virtual Audio Cables and a Standalone Encoder for years and its rare I've had an issue with buffering (IF AT ALL)
Here are just some of the free Internet radio streaming encoders available.
1) Sound Empire Caster ($0.00)
This is a standalone encoder that recently came to my attention developed by a developer from Ukraine.
In my tests Sound Empire Caster seems to be really stable I was able to run a stream without any buffering issues.
Unzip the program folder and place on the C:\ drive outside of the program folder.
There were reports of SEC 1.2.7 not parsing Now Playing information. The solution was to move it from the C:\ drive and into Program Files (x86)
Its an issue with Windows permissions on the root of the C:\ drive.
It supports DSP plugins so it may be an alternative if you still want to use DSP sound processing.
Place the required DSP files in the SECaster program folder.
Please Note: You may need to add the Sound Empire Caster program folder to the exclusion list in Windows Defender and your Antivirus.
TIP 1: If you get a blank message box pop up you need to go into the SECaster.ini file and edit out the current soundcard setting, just open it in WordPad or other similar code editor.
TIP 2: If you get white noise over your stream whilst using SE Caster just switch on the AGC in RadioDJ, we've been informed that alleviates the issue.
TIP 3: If the metadata/titles don't automatically start with your encoder, Just give the stream a quick stop and start and metadata should then start populating on your stream again.
TIP 4: If your station details don't parse to your Shoutcast or Icecast server delete the .ini file and re-enter all your details again.
2) MB Recaster ($0.00)
- Capture audio from any sound card, input from microphone, line or stereo mix
- Up to 4 encoders of any format (Shoutcast v1 / v2, Icecast)
- Codec MP3 24 to 192k, AAC+ 16 to 96k, AAC 128 to 192k, Opus 20 to 192K, OGG 32 to 192K
- Read metadata from an external text file
- Show stats (if available from the streaming server)
- Save current connections count to a text file CurrentListeners.txt
- Get great sound quality with advanced audio processing functions by adding DSP & VST plugins
- PFL of the final mix
- Windows 7/8/10, Windows Server 32/64 bits
Did You Know: You can connect the RadioDJ History plugin to the CurrentListeners.txt file in MB Recaster to give you a listener count.
Its NOT up to me to determine IF a piece of software has the correct licences in place for codecs.
That is something YOU will have to take up with the developer of that piece of encoding software.
Who checks if an Internet radio station is using software
with the right codec licences anyway?
P.S: I only supply links to websites where software is available for download. All software is downloaded at the users own risk