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Shoutcast Servers 04/01/2007
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Streaming to the server using SHOUTcast DSP Plugin for Winamp.

Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source Plug-in for Winamp (also known as the DSP Plug-in) is a Winamp DSP plug-in that enables Winamp to interface with the SHOUTcast Server software. This plug-in is available only on the x86/Win32 platform, and runs under any version of Windows 95, 98, NT, or Windows 2000 (Intel Platform). The SHOUTcast server, unlike the interface plug-in, is far less platform dependent and has builds for many operating systems. To communicate with any of those Servers, regardless of platform, you need three things: Nullsoft Winamp, The SHOUTcast Source Plug-in for Winamp, and an MP3 codec for Windows. To get the latest version of the SHOUTcast DSP plug-in visit

Shoutcast DSP Setup

Once you have installed the DSP plug-in into Winamp you can go ahead and start Winamp then the DSP plug-in:

Preferences (Ctrl-P) > Plug-ins > DSP/Effect > Select "Nullsoft Shoutcast Source DSP..."

Once you select this the Shoutcast DSP box will pop up. First select the "Encoder" tab. Select an Encoder (Use Encoder 2 because Encoder 1 currently has a bug), select an Encoder Type (currently only MP3), and then select the format and bitrate you want to stream with in the "Encoder Settings" drop down.

Next select the "Output" tab and select an Output (Output 1 by default is good). Hit the "Connection" button if it is not already selected. Type in the address of your server ("localhost" if the DSP and server are on the same machine). For "Port" enter the port you have as PortBase in the sc_serv.ini file (8000 by default). Enter the password you selected when editing sc_serv.ini. Finish off by selecting the encoder number that you previously set.

If you would like your server to be listed on hit the "Yellowpages" button next to the "Connection" button. Make sure "Make this server public" is checked. Then enter some descriptive info about your stream in the corresponding boxes below.

The other options in the Shoutcast DSP are not described here because they are beyond the scope of this article.

Once you have all the settings taken care of go ahead and hit the "Connect" button. Start playing the MP3s that you want to webcast. If everything is set up and running correctly the DSP should connect to the server and start the stream for the world to hear.