Learn how to setup your broadcasting server with Rocket Broadcaster. All the instructions included and licensing information.
License: Commercial (free & pro for $49)
Server type: SHOUTcast, Icecast
Download Page: https://www.rocketbroadcaster.com/download
About Rocket Broadcaster
Rocket Broadcast is a robust and paid standalone encoder. If you're looking for an alternative to Sam Cast that is also affordable, it is a good choice.
The free edition comes with limited features. Your stream is limited to 128 Kbps. There is no support for unlimited streams but you're allowed only one stream. Other restrictions include an auto-reconnect delay and no auto-connect on launch.
One of the best highlights is that you can get a 30-day money-back guarantee.
What we love about Rocket Broadcaster
- The PRO version can capture metadata automatically from your radio automation software or your favorite media player.
- It also supports VST plugins, Icecast SSL, and logging.
- The current version requires users to upgrade to the PRO version to stream to Shoutcast V2 servers.
- It currently goes for $49.
It may be possible to access a Shoutcast 1 server using Shoutcast 2 settings, but it will not support more than one SID.
How to setup Rocket Broadcaster with your broadcasting server
1. How to install Rocket Broadcaster
- Download the installer.
- Open the .exe file to run the installer.
- After completing the installation, click Finish.
2. Encoder setup
Next, you'll need to set up your encoder with your broadcasting server. For the time installation, you may get the broadcast wizard.
You can also set up the Rocket Broadcaster directly from the main interface:
- Just select Start Broadcast.
- You'll receive an alert that you need to set up a new stream.
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
With Rocket Broadcaster, you can stream to your to Shoutcast 2, Shoutcast 1, or Icecast. Here is an example using Icecast server settings:
Icecast - Example
Server Type: Icecast 2
Hostname or IP: e.g. 10135.cloudrad.io
Port: e.g. 9020
Username: e.g. dj_user
Password: e.g. n3t8zdw0ka
- Rocket Broadcaster will restrict the broadcast duration if you're broadcasting to a Shoutcast 2 server on the free version.
3. Test your stream
- Click Test Stream to find out if the encoder can successfully connect your broadcasting server.
- Finish by clicking Ok.
At this point, your encoder is still offline. Before broadcasting, make sure you have set up the audio playback and audio capture. You can do this by selecting Options > Preferences.
- Next, start broadcasting by clicking Start Broadcast.
- Remember to save your settings by selecting File > Save Broadcast As.
You can learn more about Rocket Broadcaster here.
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