Learn how to use ProppFrexx to broadcast live radio. This tutorial shows you how to set up a Shoutcast or Icecast encoder.
License: Commercial (from €99)
Server type: SHOUTcast 2, SHOUTcast 1, & Icecast
Download page: https://www.proppfrexx.radio42.com/download.html
Developed in Germany by Radio 42, ProppFrexx has been used to broadcast on large terrestrial radio stations and small online radios that run unattended for long durations. The publisher offers separate licenses for commercial radios generating revenues from broadcasting and discounted licenses to non-commercial users. The most basic version goes for €99.
Which ProppFrexx tools do we love?
The number of tools alone doesn't make ProppFrexx one of the best radio automation programs. It's also fairly stable and well maintained with regular updates. We particularly like features such as:
- Advert & news management
- Program scheduling
- Manual live assist and automated playback
- Play out statistics
- Audio CD burner and ripper
- Integrated browser
- Powerful mixer with a simple configuration wizard
- Unlimited standby players
- Customizable mixing and fading
- The wide selection of skins with Touch UI
- Customizable events and commands
How to setup ProppFrexx
1. Install the trial version
You get the chance to try out the program. The trial version will shut down after 3 hours of use, and a beep will be played at intermittent intervals. These measures are meant to ensure that users purchase a license.
- Open the Download page, and provide your full name and email to receive the download link.
- Extract contents of the archive.
- Run the setup wizard.
Use the Demo Version if you have not purchased a license.
2. Encoder setup
- On the main toolbar, select Tools > General Settings > Streaming.
- Choose Add to save a new encoder configuration.
For radios hosted on Cloudradio, you'll find your server or connection details on the radio dashboard.
If you don't have a radio hosting service, you can easily create Shoutcast or Icecast servers on our radio console.
Entering your server details
You have the option to stream to Icecast and Shoutcast server versions:
Icecast - Example
Address: e.g. 11023.cloudrad.io
Port: e.g. 9112
Username: e.g. dj_user
Password: e.g. n3t8zdw06ka
Next, you'll need to configure your stream quality and format. It's also advisable to provide your station identification. The encoder supports a wide range of formats, including MP3 and AAC.
After setting up all your streaming details, click OK. Your encoder will attempt to establish a connection. Check to see that the connection is successful:
3. Playing Music
There are a lot of playback options that come with the program from hosting talk shows to rebroadcasting online streams. The possibilities are unlimited!
Need an alternative to ProppFrexx? Explore over 20 radio automation, DJ, and encoder programs on our broadcast software guide.