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Streaming with Edcast




Thank you for using Canstream Internet Radio. The following guide will help you get up and running using the Edcast encoding software for Windows.

Step 1 - Download Edcast application and MP3 lame extension

Edcast is an application that can encode your audio into various formats (MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, and so on) and sends it to our Icecast server cluster for further distribution.

 

Edcast is no longer officially available online, but we have saved a copy of the last version released here.

 

After downloading Edcast you must download the Lame Encoder, If you want to be streaming MP3 (most of our users do).

 

For legal reasons, Edcast and the Lame MP3 encoder cannot be distributed together. You may download a copy of lame_enc.dll from here.

 

Step 2 - Install Edcast application


Make a note of the folder you will be downloading to. It will be needed at a later stage if you wish to stream MP3. If you are using the Edcast standalone application the default path might be: C:\Program Files\edcast

Select 'MP3 lame encoder.dll' to have MP3 enabled in order to stream.



With lame_enc.dll file you downloaded in the first step you may now paste this file into Edcast's file directory path after installation.



Step 3 - Configuring Edcast

Launch Edcast by clicking on the installed entry in your Start Menu.

In Edcast you will need to create a new encoder instance. This is done by selecting 'Add Encoder', and right click the new encoder and select configure. This will open up the 'configuration' page. Here you will be able to input all the necessary information to allow your computer to connect to our streaming server cluster. The user specific details such as 'Mount Point' and 'Password' have been sent out to you via email when you signed up for our service. If you have misplaced the email, please contact us. An example set-up would read as follows:

  • Bitrate: 32 (Step 3 covers bitrates in more detail)
  • Quality: N/A (only used for Ogg Vorbis)
  • Samplerate: 22050
  • Channels: 1 (1 = Mono, 2 = Stereo)
  • Encoder Type: MP3 Lame
  • Server Type: Icecast2
  • Server IP: Supplied via email
  • Server Port: Supplied via email
  • Encoder Password: Supplied via email
  • Mount Point: Supplied via email
  • Reconnect: 10s (optional)

Please note - Windows Vista / 7 / 8 users: you need to run Edcast as "Administrator" to enable you to save settings. To do this, right-click the Edcast icon on your desktop and select "Run as Administrator" on the menu which appears.

Under the "YP Setting", you will need to input your station's information: this information will be displayed in your listeners' media players.

Step 4 - Select your audio source or input source

Edcast provides support for a number of audio input types: what appears in the list may vary depending on what devices you have available in your streaming PC. If you have multiple sound devices you may also select which one to use.

If you don't select an input source then there will be a red cross over the microphone symbol. A common set-up would be to take an audio feed from a mixer into the computers sound card 'Line In' port, all you need to do is select this input accordingly.

Now your settings have been configured and your audio source selected, you are now ready to connect. This is done by right-clicking the new encoder you have set-up and selecting connect. If you do have audio going through your set-up then you will be able to see activity in the Edcast peak meter.

When you connect successfully you will see below 'Transfer rate' your streaming bitrate and your mountpoint's name i.e Transfer rate 32 kbps (/mountpoint.mp3) If you see this information then you are webcasting.

Step 5 - Create a link for your listeners

Now you are webcasting you will need to create a link on your website to enable people to connect and listen. There are many ways to make this link, but the simplest is to use a standard hyperlink. Point your "Listen Live" link to the following URL:

http://live.canstream.co.uk:8000/yourmountpoint.mp3.m3u

This will be sufficient to create the webcast link. To read more about linking to MP3 streams please follow this link here.

If you have any difficulties connecting to our stream using the supplied link, please copy and paste the following url into your favourite media player: http://serveraddress:port/your_mountpoint.mp3



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