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Migrating a Radio Station To Linux? 32

allikat_uk asks: "I'm a DJ for a net radio station (amongst other hobbies). I want to migrate from an XP platform running (SAM Broadcaster) to a Linux based solution. I don't need to host the server, as the station does that, I just need a nice GUI solution to stream the MP3 files to the server. I need to run 2 streams, 64k stereo, and 22k mono in MP3 to a shoutcast clone server. My current software has a nice MySQL database to make quickly finding the tracks I want easy, dual playback 'decks' and easy voiceovers. Is there a Linux equivalent available under GPL?"
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Migrating a Radio Station To Linux?

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  • Serveral solutions (Score:5, Informative)

    by Skinkie ( 815924 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @06:11PM (#19005225) Homepage
    There are serveral GPL'ed solution made. [] Look here for more: []
    • Take a look at Rivendell []. In the commercial realm there is also a Linux based commercial product from Smarts Broadcast []. Others may be in the works. I know of another fairly well known company that has been discussing putting a new system on the Linux platform.
    • []
      Here is another:
      Rivendell is a complete radio broadcast automation solution, with facilities for the acquisition, management, scheduling and playout of audio content. It has all of the features one would expect in a modern, fully-fledged radio automation system, including support for both PCM and MPEG audio encoding, full voicetracking and log customization as well as support for a wide variety of third party software and hardware. As a robust, functionally complete di
      • Have you ever tried using Rivendell?
        Best be using SuSE pro, or best of luck getting the GPIO or ASI components to compile.
        If you've used any other automation system, the interface makes little sense.

        Those issues aside, if you can make it work, go for it. It's probably a bit much just for streaming to a shoutcast server, but I don't have any personal experience with a program that is just right.
  • Ask not... (Score:3, Funny)

    by binaryspiral ( 784263 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @06:12PM (#19005239)
    "Ask not what the open source community can do for you. Ask what YOU can do for the open source community."
    • Re:Ask not... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by hax0r_this ( 1073148 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @07:08PM (#19005827)
      People don't write open source software so that others can write their own, they write it so that others will use it. Its one thing if someone is bitching about a problem they have with an open source application, but the whole point of open source is that others will use it, so you can't really criticize someone for wanting to use it.
      • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

        Who was criticizing? All I'm saying is offer to do something for the community, not ask the community to do something for you.

        Okay, maybe that's tough to wrap your head around, let me break it down for you.

        0. If there isn't a perfect open source clone for software xyz that runs on linux, I would be interested in helping.

        1. Visit me at work, I'll show you what our current system looks like, how it works, and what we use it for. Maybe then we can hammer out some details.

        2. Here's a list of features
    • by 26199 ( 577806 ) *

      Hey, I recognise that quote... isn't it from an episode of Red Dwarf?

    • I'd imagine the benifit of having a happy customer broadcasting the message across to an audience would boost the open source industry well. Some people are programmers, some are designers, some spread the message...
  • (Score:5, Informative)

    by reality-bytes ( 119275 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @06:14PM (#19005261) Homepage
    I'd recommend asking the same question to the folks over at [] as they catalog and discuss all such software.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    I would suggest using Vista instead so you'll be DMCA, DRM, RIAA, ClearChannel, and 2K7-FTW compliant.
  • The MPD music player daemon can quite easily be integrated with icecast for streaming. You get GUI control (via a fashionable MPD client) and a good streaming server (icecast works perfectly for me). Problem is, only OGG is supported at the moment.
    A howto about MPD/icecast installation can be found here [].
  • Server and Client (Score:3, Informative)

    by TerminaMorte ( 729622 ) on Saturday May 05, 2007 @07:00PM (#19005745) Homepage
    Here's a solution done with shoutcast + jackd + oddcastv3 and BASH.

    Download: []

    Client just needs a streaming client and an SSH client; server records shows, allows you to do remote broadcasts (along with chuck you can censor the live broadcast!) and a number of other nifty things. It's still beta, but it's working just fine (stable for over 200 days now).

    Listen to the stream at [] ;)
  • Darwin Streaming Server [] can be run on Darwin on any intel PC.... Darwin is Apple's OS BSD-like kernel. Maybe an option? It's a Quicktime Streaming server without OS X or the need to by a Mac or Xserve.

  • [] the same guy that does this is/was the engineer for kpig radio in gilroy, ca, the FIRST internet radio station :)
    they have been running on linux there for some time now. They are a landbased station too so they need to follow some laws... but bill was interviewed by linux journal in 2004 about the setup there. (the dj's call the main server HAL :)
  • 64k mp3? (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by Per Wigren ( 5315 )
    Unless your station is talk-only, 64k stereo/22k mono mp3 is totally unlistenable. If you don't have the bandwidth for a "full" 128k ogg or aac stream, at least provide a ~80k stereo ogg/vorbis stream. Not much more bandwidth but it will be listenable without giving headaches. Or send a single "full quality" 128k ogg stream to the PeerCast [] network while providing the modem/isdn-streams like you do now.
    • 64k stereo is fine for MP3. I usually listen to the 56k stereo streams on my favorite netradio station and aside from sounding a bit like FM radio, they sound fine. Unlistenable is definitely not the word.
  • I'm suprised people don't think it's ready.

    I used to help out at a radio station that used Xenix in 1988 for a variety of good reasons - linux is a lot better than Xenix ever was and is useful for the same reason. Server 2003 or win2k I can understand but why use a home computer operating system like XP in a professional environment where a keyboard lock up of thirty seconds has real consequences? Even with dual processor systems on XP there are far too many situations where the user has to just sit and

  • Is there something you want that dynebolic won't do?

"Conversion, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will." -- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"