I don't use Reaper any more. It has it's benefits, but it's disadvantages have been the song information that normally appears on the DJ boards, doesn't appear using the Reaper solution. Not a problem for me as I do development and to write scripts and code to overcome this problem isn't an issue. Not technically anyway. But with Reaper, it took time to go from a DJ Set to that kind of set up, and since I'm lazy ... it took too much time.
These days I use Winamp. Everything that Reaper was providing for me before, specifically cross fading, can be done with Winamp except I cannot have a live voice over. Not that I needed it before, I tend to produce a set and play it. Probably a good thing, I'd end up blabbing the entire time.
So this is my new setup. A nice diagram kind of gives the full view of how it works; click it to expand. It's no more complicated than drag-and-dropping of tunes on to a playlist, connecting to Shoutcast, then clicking play in Winamp.
Once I pick all my songs, I randomize the list a few times, the put my few lead off songs on top and closing songs on the bottom.
The Source of the Plugs-ins are:
- SHOUTcast - This transmits tunes from Winamp into a Shoutcast server. The URL of the server is the Media URL on the land parcel. You get this plug in from Shoutcast, scroll to the bottom of the page: http://www.streamsolutions.co.uk/downloads/DSPs/shoutcast-dsp-1-9-0-windows.exe (Windows only).
- Important Note: I had a problem in Windows 7 with the 2.x plug in so the link here is to the 1.9.0 plug in and it seems to be working a lot better. Now, I don't use a SHOUTcast 2.x server, and this plug-in will not work if you have that version.
The next stage is to configure the Crossfading Plug In to go into the Shoutcast Plug In. Start Winamp, and go into Preferences (Ctrl+P), find the Crossfading Plug In, and click Configure:
This brings up the Crossfading Dialog box, and you'll want to go to the DSP tab and set Shoutcast as your output source:
This should bring up the Shoutcast plug in right away, but if it doesn't, click Configure in the middle of the page. Once you have this plug-in set, you can now specify how you want to encode your music and specify the passwords to your shoutcast server. If you have been provided a password but no user name, then your shoutcast server is version 1. Version 2 servers require a user name. I my case, I'm using version 1, so my configuration looks like this:
I don't broadcast the source to the yellow pages:
And set the Encoder.
I have found that 80kbps 22Khz Stereo is pretty adequate for most people. Anything more and you're wasting bytes as most people cannot perceive the differences in sound quality. I only bump it up if people make mention of it.
Playing Your Set
Once you are ready to go. It's only a matter of connecting to your Shoutcast Server, and clicking Play on Winamp.