Software

Audio player

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Software for DJs

Virtual DJ – Designed for mobile and club DJs, this free app offers a lot and is ideal for broadcasters who don’t have any hardware – such as turntables, CDs or a mixer.

MIXXX – This app works on any platform and has ‘sample’ buttons that can be used to play your jingles and commercials.

Connection

BUTT – Broadcast Using This Tool is a free app that some people may need to connect their broadcast app to their streaming account. It supports Shoutcast and Icecast and runs on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. The main purpose of Butt is to stream live audio data from your computer’s Mic or Line input. Recording is also possible.

Broadcast apps and services

Sam Broadcaster – This is a popular app for use in broadcast studios (PC only).

Sam Cast. Try for free – SAM Cast lets you stream live audio content. With a microphone, line-in or sound card, you can encode real-time audio and broadcast it live.

Sam Radio DJ – SAM DJ features a built-in advanced audio processor which will make your station sound incredible. Drag & Drop your tracks where you need them.

Station Playlist – Budget but fully-featured radio automation app.

PlayIt Live – Free when premium modules/plugins are purchased. Manual and automated radio station playout system (Windows only). Ideal for live DJs and station automation.

RadioLogik – If you broadcast using an Apple Mac then this must be a contender for you. RadioLogik from MacInMind is as close to professional broadcast software as one can get. There’s a fully-functional free trial version with no expiry date. Gotta love those Macs.

Broadcast Radio – Myriad 5 Playout is a radio playout and automation system. Free trial.

MegaSeg – With its integrated music scheduling and programmed events, you can broadcast with MegaSeg with live assist or full automation. Broadcasters will need the Pro version.

Nextkast Internet Radio Automation Software is written and designed to give the user a professional sounding radio station without the learning curve of other automation software.

Music Master – MusicMaster music scheduling software.

Radio DJ – Free (that’s right) radio automation software.

BroadWave – This runs on any PC as a server to stream live audio.

DJ Soft – Radio automation software. Automatic volume leveling, timed announcements, block rotations, advertising volume enhancement and more.

MixTime – Radio automation donate-ware, make a donation based on your proposed use.

Restream – Broadcast across all social media platforms at the same time.

VoiceMeeter Banana – An advanced audio mixer application with virtual I/O to mix and manage any audio sources.

Airtime (free/premium) – Europe’s largest developer of open source tools for news media.

AudioEnhance DPS – Broadcast automation apps plus other stuff

AudioVAULT – Pro broadcast gear and services

Autoplus – Radio automation apps – discounts available for community radio stations

Broadcast Bionics – full range of apps and gear for broadcasters

ENCO – pro broadcast gear

Library Player Playout – Library Player provides a range of software, including business, database and audio applications. 

LibreTime – Open source radio automation and broadcasting solution helping communities get on-air with ease.

mAirlist – a popular solution for smaller radio stations and hobby radio DJs running Linux

OmniPlayer – On air applications that allow you to focus on making radio

OpenBroadcaster – radio automation

PlayoutONE – browser based broadcast service

ProppFrexx – playout and radio broadcast automation software system

RCS – RCS is the World’s Largest Broadcast Software Company with products in more than 14,500 radio stations

Rivendell Free PC based radio broadcast automation solution

Simian 2.0 – Automation apps from Broadcast Software International

StationPlaylist (6 hour trial) automation app for broadcasters

ZaraStudio and ZaraRadio – radio automation apps

OBS Project – Open platform app for recording and live streaming audio and video.

DS Clock: Clock synchronisation software for studios (free)

Jazler Show: various broadcast apps

PlayIt Software: Free playout system and audio logger

StationLogger Pro: Free solution for radio station audio logging

VLC Media Player: A free, open-source media player – plays most audio and video formats and streams (Windows/Mac/Linux)

Audio Recording

OcenAudio – Free – This is an easy-to-use, fast and functional basic audio recorder / editor. works on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS.

Audacity – Free – There’s no need to stump up cash for apps such as Adobe Audition when Audacity is available for free. Again, it runs on all platforms, is stable and free. It is ideal for recording shows, voice overs, jingles and commercials.

Reaper – Free trial – Multi track audio recorder and mixer works on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS.

Talk shows

How does one put a caller to air? Here are a few budget options…

  1. Call In Studio Cloud-based system providing a dedicated phone number for callers along with full caller management
  2. Connect a mobile phone to the mixer. This involves using the headphone output of the phone to an input on your mixer. The caller hears the presenter via the phone’s microphone, but their response goes through the mixer.
  3. Google Voice.  Get a dedicated phone number for use on a smartphone or desktop website.
  4. Skype.  Again, you can get a unique phone number or have people contact you via your Skype user account.
  5. If using Skype, use the Ecamm Call Recorder app to automatically record all calls. The Ecamm Call Recorder can output the interview as 2 files; one being your side of the conversation and the other being the interviewee – ideal for processing one side of the conversation and not the other.
  6. Skype TX. A pro solution for handling multiple callers.
  7. You can use a standard phone line, but typically the audio quality won’t match the digital options above. You’ll need a gadget to sit between the phone and the line to connect to your mixer. One of the better solutions is AudioTX which converts a standard landline into a higher quality ISDN line or search for a JK Audio Inline Patch on eBay etc (product discontinued).
  8. FeenPhone A fully duplex (and free) option meaning when one person speaks they do not drown out the other.

MP3 Normalizers – always work with copies of your MP3s

MP3 Normalizer – For Mac users…If you are uploading MP3s to Auto DJ you will need to trim the silence off the start and end of each MP3, level the sound so they are all the same volume (your listeners will thank you for it) and maybe change the bit rate to match your package (128k for example).  This could take hours using Audacity etc, but this app does it all in a trice in batch mode.

MP3 Gain – This free app for PC/Windows analyzes and adjusts the volume of MP3 files – just like MP3 Normalizer.

Why use a normaliser? Well…Some songs are louder than others. So your listeners don’t have to turn the volume up and down when a new song starts playing you can Normalise the volume of every MP3 before you upload it to Auto DJ or your station’s playout app. Normalising to minus 1 db is fine.

Nearly every MP3 song also has silence at the start and end of the file. This can really mess up crossfades when using an Auto DJ system. Most normalisers will have an option to delete these silent sections (check before you buy).

Meta Tag

Add meta data to a range of file types with MP3Tag (free). Add artist and track name to your files so the correct details, such as current song playing, are displayed correctly on your website and elsewhere..

Websites

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The cost is US$350 for a fresh installation on your hosting plan. We build the site, configure plugins, add a pop-up audio player, and get it ready for you to load your content.

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If you have any apps you think should appear here, or any broadcasting tips and tricks to share, then do let us know using the contact form – cheers.

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