How to Hook Up My Microphone to My Internet SHOUTcast

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SHOUTcast Radio is an online radio station directory. Visitors to SHOUTcast.com can browse thousands of radio stations that are streaming live from the SHOUTcast servers. Anyone can also broadcast her own SHOUTcast station by downloading and installing the SHOUTcast Distributed Network Audio Server, the SHOUTcast transcoder and the SHOUTcast DSP plugin for Winamp. Hooking up a microphone allows you to broadcast your voice along with your music, allowing for talk breaks and creating an authentic radio experience for listeners.

Things You'll Need

  • USB microphone
  • Winamp Media Player
  • Plug in the USB microphone into an open USB port on your computer.

  • Open Winamp by clicking the icon on your desktop or task bar or by opening the program from the Start Menu. Press the "Start" icon on the bottom left corner of the desktop, click "All Programs," and select the Winamp executable file.

  • Press the SHOUTcast icon on the right side of the Winamp window. This opens a menu. Select "Options," and then click "Preferences" in the sub-menu.

  • Double-click "Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source DSP" from the list of plug-ins in the Winamp Preferences dialog window.

  • Press the "Input" tab in the "SHOUTcast Source" window that appears. Under "Input Device" click the drop-down menu, and select "Soundcard Input."

  • Click the select box next to "Microphone," and press the "Open Mixer" button.

  • Press the "Select" box beneath "What U Hear." Depending on your soundcard, this could be labeled "Stereo Mix" or "Wave Out." Make sure all other boxes are not selected, and also make sure that all other sounds on your computer are muted. Whatever sounds your computer makes or any other external noises will be broadcast along with your voice over the SHOUTcast broadcast.

  • Select the "Close" button on the top right corner of the "Recording Control" window, and click the "Close" button on the "Play Control" window.

  • Press the "Push to Talk" button at the bottom of the "SHOUTcast Source" window, and click the "Output" tab at the top of the window.

  • Click the "Connect" button on the right side of the window and your SHOUTcast will begin broadcasting.

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