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No More Skype Ducking | IAIB

No More Skype Ducking | IAIB | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it

If you use Skype to bring in audio from a co-host or a regular guest, are you having problems with Skype "ducking" the audio during the call? That is, when the guest and the host talk at the same time, is the lower volume audio suppresed in favor of the louder one? 

 

The reason you have the issue is Skype is a half-duplex communications system. Only one person can talk at a time. While Skype does a great job of balancing the callers, if you as the host try to play music over Skype for your guest, such as theme music, the ducking problem will become blatantly obvious.

 

There is a quick solution. Take a look at this article on the IAIB (and become a member.) If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me on Twitter (@mcphillips) or in the Podcasting Technology Resources Community in Google+ Communities.


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This is really handy if you're recording interviews for your show.

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How to get your station listed on iTunes Radio | IAIB

How to get your station listed on iTunes Radio | IAIB | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
How to get your station listed on iTunes Radio
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Whilst this won't work for me...  You kids who're running your own Shoutcast/icecast servers may find it of interest.

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Value-Added Mixing: When To DJ More and When To Do Less

Value-Added Mixing: When To DJ More and When To Do Less | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
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I know that this article is dance music oriented with it's chatter about beat matching, remix sets, and all that sorta thing but the mindset behind the article is applicable no matter what kind of tunes you've got in the queue.  Keep your listeners in mind.  Do the right thing for them.  Pick great tunes.  Use toys and effects to make your sound better - not to entertain yourself whilst DJing.  

 

If it sounds good, it is good.  Even if you're just playing great tune after great tune.

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Ripping CDs with FLAC - Best Compression Settings

As storage space becomes cheaper, there's a growing trend to save digital music files in a lossless format. Such lossless formats provide an exact replication of the audio quality found in the orig...
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I don't usually buy CDs - I've gone totally digital.  But when I do end up with one, like CDs from Uncut mag or those really hard to find things like the "Sid and Nancy" soundtrack I'm into using the FLAC codec.  This article gives a comparison between the various compression settings you can pic. I figured I might as well pick 0 since the difference in disk space is so minimal.

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I don't usually buy CDs - I've gone totally digital.  But when I do end up with one, like CDs from Uncut mag or those really hard to find things like the "Sid and Nancy" soundtrack I'm into using the FLAC codec.  This article gives a comparison between the various compression settings you can pic. I figured I might as well pick 0 since the difference in disk space is so minimal.

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Top tips on how to grow your Mixlr audience | Mixlr

Top tips on how to grow your Mixlr audience | Mixlr | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
Broadcast regularly. Broadcasting on a regular basis can be really handy for your listeners, it means they know exactly when to head to your Mixlr crowd to enjoy your sounds. Use our schedule broadcast feature to let listeners ...
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This applies to any internet station.  The more active you are the more active your community gets.  Odd that.

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Using Drupal For Your Internet Radio Request Site

Using Drupal For Your Internet Radio Request Site | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
I use Drupal to run the djsizzly.com website. There’s oodles of reasons why: It’s extensible, it has some nifty themes, there’s lots of modules that are (reasonably) easy to implement/modify to do whatever you could possibly imagine.
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I'll admit this isn't the easiest thing you can take on as a task but in my opinion it's well worth it if you're running Drupal as your web site platform.  

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Alan Cross - A Journal of Musical Things - What It Would Sound Like to Go Deaf

Alan Cross - A Journal of Musical Things - What It Would Sound Like to Go Deaf | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
Still cranking your earbuds to maximum? Won't wear ear protection to concerts? Tired of people w...
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You can't pick good tunes to play if'n you can't hear 'em.  The NPR Science article is fabulous.  Real examples and everything.  I'm impressed.

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Computerized cart rack machine radio automation software - play AIFF, WAVE, mp3, and other sound files at the click of a mouse

Computerized cart rack machine radio automation software - play AIFF, WAVE, mp3, and other sound files at the click of a mouse | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
Sound Byte is a computerized cart rack machine for the Macintosh - play AIFF, WAVE, mp3, and other sound files at the click of a mouse
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Hmmm...  I'm not too sure if this is worth the price.  I mean, most broadcasting software I've ever played with (DJ Software too) tends to have this functionality built in.  I guess if you're running a pod cast or something without a "console" type app it might be handy.

 

I don't know.  I'm going to continue to use SAM BC and Traktor to pull of this functionality.  Perhaps it'll be helpful to you.

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The Weekly Mix Challenge | dj sizzly

The Weekly Mix Challenge | dj sizzly | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
Music is amazingly powerful. It’s shocking the effect that can be achieved by bringing together a collection of tunes. It can generate emotions, make folks nostalgic, evoke mental imagery… The list goes on.
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One of my more... important projects, The Weekly Mix Challenge is intended as a friendly kick in the pants to get you aspiring DJs, broadcasters, and taste maven into the practice of crafting focused playlists.  It's all for fun and it so totally is.  I'd really be interested in knowing what folks think of this.

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Online DJing Like Totally Rules | dj sizzly

Online DJing Like Totally Rules | dj sizzly | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
Or ten reasons why being an online DJ is better than doing it live. 1. Drunk or annoying people can be muted. 2. You can do it in your undies. 3. You don’t have to walk into a place and find out the wiring/acoustics/whathaveyou are total shite.
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A blast from the past!  Here's my list of reasons being an Internet DJ is soooo much better than having to leave the studio.

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Broadcast on Mixlr using Virtual DJ and a MIDI controller (Mac)

Broadcast on Mixlr using Virtual DJ and a MIDI controller (Mac) | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
This post explains how to broadcast on Mixlr using Dj software – Virtual DJ and an external MIDI controller – Hercules DJ Console MK 4. Tip – These instructions can be translated to almost any external controller or audio ...
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Traktor DJ For iPad Review & Video Talkthrough

Traktor DJ For iPad Review & Video Talkthrough | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
Full review and video talkthrough of the brand-new Traktor DJ iPad app. Has Native Instruments done enough to shake up the iOS DJ app world with Traktor DJ?
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The guys over at digital dj tips wrote up a review of the new Traktor for iPad app.  Looks like they've brought the beauty of Traktor into iOS.  I'm pretty sure it won't be terribly helpful for a broadcast rig, but maybe...  I'm still happy to pimp all things Traktor 'cause I love the software.

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TS, TRS, TRRS – BALANCED, UNBALANCED

TS, TRS, TRRS – BALANCED, UNBALANCED | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it

There are several types of plugs typically used by Internet broadcasters and podcasters to connect their computers, MP3 players, and microphones to their mixers and recorders. Two of the most popular connectors are the 1/8” mini plug and the 1/4” phone plug. People often confuse these plugs, so they are discussed in this article I posted on the IAIB blog.


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A great write up.  Covers all the major points.

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Streaming a Mumble session via Icecast in linux | Skyehaven's Cool Thing of the Day

Rough notes on using Mumble and Icecast to record and broadcast a live oggcast/podcast. (@map http://t.co/EKL5buT9
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A nifty tutorial on using Icecast to accomplish cool stuff with Mumble.

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To Stay Credible, Station Sites Can’t Crash | TVNewsCheck.com

To Stay Credible, Station Sites Can’t Crash | TVNewsCheck.com | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
As websites are quickly becoming a go-to source for breaking news, broadcasters are urged to make sure their sites are optimized to handle unexpectedly large amounts of traffic.
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Yeah, I know.  This is really about TV.  Big TV corporations to be exact.  But...  It's applicable to any media provider - like an independent internet radio jockey.  The key take away is this:  If your listeners come to your site and it's dead air or broken you've probably lost 'em forever.  Why?  You're competing with a whole whack of entertainment sources and if you're down they'll move on.  Don't don't don't let it happen to you.  Be stable.  Be consistent.  Be entertaining.

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AOL Is Shutting Down AOL Music And Firing Staff Who Are Live-Tweeting The Bloodbath | TechCrunch

AOL Is Shutting Down AOL Music And Firing Staff Who Are Live-Tweeting The Bloodbath | TechCrunch | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
While there's still few details and no official announcement, AOL is shutting down its AOL Music news properties and is firing their employees, according to tweets from the official AOL Music site Spinner's account and some staff.
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AOL Music is shutting down.  AOL music owns Nullsoft.  Nullsoft develops and releases Shoutcast.  OH NOES.  The good news is that Nullsoft isn't going anywhere so Shoutcast will continue to be a viable product for streaming.

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Andys - Web Shoutcast Players

Andys - Web Shoutcast Players | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
Experiments with shoutcast and icecast radio players, html5 widgets and vista sidebar gadgets
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Granted, I can't make use of these but you might:  Here be a list of a handful of shoutcast (and possibly icecast and general audio) players you can put on your website so folks can listen to your radio stream.  My personal fave is the jPlayer one.  It's flexible and since it can play most audio streams it's pretty handy.  I played with it a bitsy when I was running a podcast.

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Grooveshark to Launch Broadcast, a User-Created Radio Feature - Billboard

Grooveshark to Launch Broadcast, a User-Created Radio Feature - Billboard | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
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Wavestreaming offers both application-based (SHOUTcast) and web-based (Cloud DJ) solutions for creating personal online radio stations.
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Another option for running an Internet radio station?  Well that's cool.

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Introduction To Internet Broadcasting

Introduction To Internet Broadcasting | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
I am pleased to announce the publication of my e-book - Introduction to Internet Broadcasting. I have sought to write a comprehensive guide for beginning Internet broadcasters as well as provide an informative resource for ...
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Ahhhh!  He beat me to it.  I'm gonna have to check this out and then modify my plan accordingly.

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Chatting with SoundExchange: What I Learned | dj sizzly

Chatting with SoundExchange: What I Learned | dj sizzly | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
On a whim, I decided to find out how much it would cost to manage my own licensing for my internet radio station, Disasterpiece Theater.
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I spoke with Andy at SoundExchange yesterday.  It was a great conversation. I learned a ton and I was pleased as punch to find them so helpful.  Here's a write up of some of the major stuff I learned.

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SoundToys - Introducing Little MicroShift!

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I haven't tried this yet, but SoundToys has released a microshift plugin and they're giving it away free.  Might be worth a check.  It's kind of a pain to get it but...  Who knows it might be really cool.

 

BTW, the reason it's here is that audio production is an important part of the whole broadcasting skill set.  This be a production tool, me goslings.

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Live365 Launches Studio365 Mobile App Empowering Online Broadcasters to Manage Radio Stations Anywhere They Go

FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Live365, internet radio broadcasting pioneer, announces... (FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Live365, internet radio broadcasting pioneer, announces the...
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Huh.  I'm definitely going to need to give this a shot.  I don't usually have much that I need to do on the station itself but hopefully it'll provide stats.  I love stats.

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Traktor : Dj Software : Traktor Pro 2 : Overview : New Features In Pro 2.6.1 | Products

Traktor : Dj Software : Traktor Pro 2 : Overview : New Features In Pro 2.6.1 | Products | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
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Harmonic key detection.  That is very very very cool.

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How to: Broadcast on Mixlr using Traktor and a MIDI controller (mac ...

How to: Broadcast on Mixlr using Traktor and a MIDI controller (mac ... | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
This post explains how to broadcast on Mixlr using DJ software – Traktor and an external controller – Hercules DJ Console Mk4. You'll be using Traktor to mix tracks from your PC, and your external MIDI controller to control ...
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Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 price drop announced

Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 price drop announced | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it

"Native Instruments has announced a price drop on its critically acclaimed TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 DJ system, reducing the price permanently to $899 USD / 799 EUR."


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It's cheaper!  Lucky you!  BTW, I highly recommend picking one of these up if you're using Traktor as your DJ platform.

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Federal Court favours record labels in Internet simulcast copyright case - CSO

Federal Court favours record labels in Internet simulcast copyright case - CSO | Internet Broadcasting | Scoop.it
Delimiter Federal Court favours record labels in Internet simulcast copyright case CSO "Thus the delivery of the radio program by transmission from a terrestrial transmitter is a different broadcasting service from the delivery of the same radio...
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Yeah, I get it.  Terrestrial radio is different from Internet radio.  But still.  Really?  

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