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Old 09-26-2013, 07:57 AM   #1
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Could someone help me figure out how to do online radio broadcasting with Linux?


Let me start this by saying that I've got a lot of radio experience (and experience running a mixer board), but I've only used Linux as my desktop OS. Working in commercial radio, I was locked into Windows and a lot of proprietary Windows software that the radio industry uses (so Prodigy for example). Because of the economy and the fact that the radio industry is dying, I've gotten out of that field but would still like to do a show, only using open source software and Linux to accomplish that (I'm building a small studio in my basement). I've googled guides on this, but they give a lot of contradictory information and are more oriented towards podcasting than a broadcast more like a traditional radio show.

So, what I'm trying to figure out is what software and hardware set up would be best to accomplish my goals. I'm hoping by doing this I can get a more thorough guide out there for anyone who wants to attempt doing a show this way, also. Here is exactly what I need:

1. I would like to use an actual mixer board for the show, controlling multiple mics of course, as well as being able to cue up sound effects and music.
2. I would like to be able to take phone calls, and possibly hook up a multi-line phone directly to the desktop that is handling my broadcast, or if need be into the mixer board itself.
3. I want to record the stream as I broadcast in the highest fidelity possible (so FLAC or OGG is fine).
4. Ideally, I want to do a live stream with either ustream or shoutcast, I don't have a ton of money to spend on bandwith (especially after buying equipment) so a service like these is necessary for now anyway.
5. Any sound capture hardware that would play well with Linux would be useful, I haven't bought anything yet.

Thanks again for taking the time to read this, I know this is "Linux Questions" and not "Radio Questions", but I really do think that as radio moves into Internet streaming, Linux and FOSS could really upset the apple cart that is proprietary broadcasting software.

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Old 09-26-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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The specialists are at linuxaudio .

Join http://lists.linuxaudio.org/listinfo/linux-audio-user

http://www.linuxaudio.org
 
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:31 AM   #3
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The most DJ style client I've used is IDJC but I found its reliance upon Jack a problem for my needs (streaming to Second Life) so I use mpd and point it at an icecast server.
I've a feeling what you what may not be immediately available but you ought to be able to push anything onto the internet via something like [shudder] Pulse Audio.
 
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Thanks for the link first off, that hardware compatibility wiki has already solved one major issue for me. There is just a ton of software to dig through, so I'll keep reading up on that aspect, but I'm still not finding a walk through for what I'm trying to do exactly. I'm not familiar with the etiquette of this Mailing List, would it be acceptable to just ask for software recommendations that would get me closer to where I need to be?

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The most DJ style client I've used is IDJC but I found its reliance upon Jack a problem for my needs (streaming to Second Life) so I use mpd and point it at an icecast server.
I've a feeling what you what may not be immediately available but you ought to be able to push anything onto the internet via something like [shudder] Pulse Audio.
Thanks for that, also. I already have a Mageia 3 desktop set up the way I want it (without a real time kernel), so I think that if I go the JACK route I will use a dedicated rig for that and just install one of the studio distros. I'm actually not opposed to Pulse Audio, I'm not trying to record an album, if I can just manage incoming streams and control their volume level that would probably be good enough for my needs.

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Old 09-26-2013, 08:17 PM   #5
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You might also want to take a look at Rivendell. My local NPR station uses it and, according to one of my LUG members, is quite happy with it.

HPR had an episode about it last year.

http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1023
 
Old 09-27-2013, 03:12 PM   #6
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You might also want to take a look at Rivendell. My local NPR station uses it and, according to one of my LUG members, is quite happy with it.

HPR had an episode about it last year.

http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1023
Thanks, this looks like the best application for my needs. The only annoying thing is that Suse is the only distro with a package, but I was able to get it to build okay under Mageia from the tarball. I'll update this thread if I get to the point where I've figured everything out, but between using rivendell, the hardware wiki at linuxaudio.org along with an analogue mixing board I think I've got it. I'm partly using the analogue board because I'm a bit of a luddite, and also to reduce hardware compatibility issues, although I know that's not optimal for a lot of people who would want a totally digital show. After looking over my options, I think the best option is icecast for the stream itself, also. Stickam would have been good as well to incorporate video, but they went belly up and after looking into it I don't think ustream is a valid replacement if you want to use FOSS.
 
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Cool. Let us know how it works out.
 
Old 09-29-2013, 09:40 AM   #8
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I'm not familiar with the etiquette of this Mailing List, would it be acceptable to just ask for software recommendations that would get me closer to where I need to be?
You are free to ask about s/w, h/w and all related aspects.
 
  


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