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How to start an internet radio station with Icecast using Winamp

1. Register on

To begin you must first purchase an Icecast radio hosting package.
This is what we do at Open up our plans page to get started.

You might be asking yourself, "Which plan should I purchase?" Museter offers seven packages ranging from 24kbps-192kbps.
24kbps per second will sound like an old AM radio station and 128kbps will give you CD quality sound while the 192kbps is our premium package for ultimate sound quality.

If you are just starting out and don't have a lot of money to spend, we recommend that you get the 48kbps package. However, the best sound quality for your listeners will be 128kbps or 192kbps and will allow your station to be listed in the itunes directory. The 128kbps is our most popular package. 

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2. Get your computer ready to broadcast your online radio station

Now that you have got your Museter Icecast hosting server. It is time to start broadasting your online radio station.
The steps below will get your online radio station set up and streaming live.

a. To begin Install Winamp

You can download Winamp from the  Nullsoft Website

Please note that while Winamp has a Mac OSX version, the required plugin does not. Winamp cannot be used to stream from OSX. For an alternative, please consider Nicecast.

b. Next Install the Edcast DSP Plugin

Now download and install (using the default settings) the Edcast DSP Plugin. 
You can download the Edcast plugin by clicking here

Download the MP3 Encoder lame_enc.dll and put it in the Winamp folder (C:\Program Files\Winamp) as Edcast will ask you for lame_enc.dll.

Once the download has completed, you will need to install the software.

Verify that Winamp is not running, then double click on the installer that you downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions.

c. Enable the Edcast DSP Plugin
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2. Open "Preferences". (Options -> Preferences, or CTRL+P).

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3. In the left menu scroll and find "DSP/Effect". Select it and then in the right window select "edcast DSP v3 [dsp_edcast.dll]".Icecast Winamp

4. Close the Preferences window by clicking the Close button.

5. You will now see an Edcast Source window running right next to Winamp. Now everytime you start Winamp, this window will open with it.

3. Next we will configure SHOUTcast Source(The Edcast Source Plugin).

The first settings you will need to modify are the connection settings.

a. Configuring your encoder

Click the "Add Encoder" Button and Right-click the new encoder that appears after clicking the button. Then choose configure from the menu that appears.

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b. Input your Museter radio server information here.


First, enter your Bitrate. Your bitrate is the Icecast hosting package you selected when you signed up for your account, i.e. 24, 32, 48, 64, 96, 128, or 192. Set it to the correct bitrate or below. If you set it too high your server will stop and a message will be sent to you via email. If this happens you will need to log back into your Museter Control Panel and restart it. The next step is to set your sample rate correctly. If your Icecast hosting radio server is a 96kbps or above then set your sample rate to 44100. If your Icecast hosting radio server is below 96kbps then set it to 22050. For the channels setting... if your Icecast hosting radio server is 64, 96, 128 or 192 set it to 2. If your Icecast hosting radio server is 24, 32 or 48 set it to 1. Next, set your Encoder type to MP3 Lame and your Server Type to Icecast2. Make sure you have the correct settings here. You can retreive your Server IP, Port and Source Password by logging into your control panel at and clicking on the "quick links" link or by referring to your welcome email. It is important that this information be entered correctly or you will not be able to connect to your Icecast hosting server. Make sure you are using your Source password and not your admin password. You can find your source password by clicking on the "Settings" link in your Museter Control Panel and then by clicking the small key icon next to where it says Source Password. Your mount point should be set to /live as this is your default live connection mount. If you have configured a different mount point you will need to edit this accordingly. Online Radio Icecast Hosting Icecast Radio Streams

4. OK now select YP Settings

Set these settings to whatever you desire. If you wish your server to be public then check that box. Enter your radio station name in the Stream Name. This can be set to whatever you want. Discribe your Radio Station in the Streams Description box. Again this can be whatever you want. Include your website in the Stream URL box if you have one. If not then you can set this to your Museter listener page which you can find in your Museter Control Panel by clicking on the "Quick Links" link and copying your stream start page link which is the first link listed. Enter your Radio station genre in the Stream Genre box. If you have ICQ, AIM, or IRC information then enter it here. If not just leave these settings blank. Once you are done click the OK button.
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5. Starting your Encoder

Click the Auto Connect check box. Make sure you click the encoder and that it is highlighted and then click the Connect button. You will now see information in your Metadata box and you will see information in the transfer rate section if your stream is connected. If this is not happening then please check your settings by going back to step 3.

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6. How to talk live or play music from somewhere other than Winamp.

If you want to do a live show and put it through your mixer then you would select the audio device where your mixer is plugged into your computer. If you are just talking between songs then this should be your sound card device, which in most cases will work if you are using a headset of some kind plugged into your computer. To do this just click the box with a red X in it under live recording and then select your audio device.

7. Want to take live calls?

This is more of an advanced setting and will require you to use a mixer and cell phones. You would plug your mic and your cell phone(s) into your mixer and hook up your mixer to your computer and select whatever device you are using by again clicking the box with a red X in it and selecting the appropriate device. In most cases if you use a usb to connect from your mixer you would then select that device. Depending on how many ports you have on your mixer you could plug mutiple cell phones into the mixer which would enable you to talk with more than one person or have more available lines for people to call in.

8. Now that you are streaming music to the world you need to allow listeners to tune in.

There are many ways that a listener can tune in to your online radio station. If you have your own web page Museter provides you with links, scripts and players to place on your online radio station site. These can be found within the Museter control panel. What are you waiting for? Order now!

9. Questions?

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Museter support. We hope you enjoyed our guide on how to start a radio station using your Icecast hosting server.

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