SAM Broadcaster

July 30, 2020 | Winston 

Learn how to broadcast with Sam Broadcaster by connecting the encoder to your Icecast or Shoutcast server.

Software information

Platform: Windows only
License: Trial and Commercial
Server type: SHOUTcast 2, SHOUTcast 1, & Icecast
Download Page:

About SAM Broadcaster

Launched in 2002, SAM Broadcaster has quickly become an established standard automation program used for internet radio broadcasting. Radio stations in over 150 countries rely on the program's capabilities, which are plentiful and powerful. You can download and install the program on your computer, but they also offer a cloud-based version provided as a service.

What we love about SAM Broadcaster

SAM offers all the features you'll require to automate or manually control your station. Besides its long history of use, its standout features include:

  • Advanced audio processor 
  • Event Scheduler
  • Queuing
  • Voice FX
  • Played tracks history
  • Statistics
  • Crossfader
  • Three working tabs (Desktop A, B, C)

How to setup SAM Broadcaster with your broadcasting server

1. How to install SAM Broadcaster

  • Get a free 14 days trial here. Or buy the software here
  • Open the downloaded .exe file to run the setup wizard.
  • With Sam Broadcaster Pro 2020, you can easily choose to install Firebird. 
Install firebird

By choosing FireBird, you'll not have to download additional databases such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, or MS SQL. 

The first look:

Sam broadcaster first look

2. Broadcast with SAM Broadcaster encoder settings

Luckily, Sam Broadcaster comes with a built-in encoder. You need to configure it with your broadcasting server: 

  • On SAM's top toolbar, click Desktop B 
  • Under Encoders click + (plus) to add a new encoder
  • Select plugin "MP3 (LAME_ENC)" or "MP3 (Normal)".
  • Click OK 
The encoder settings in sam broadcaster

It launches a new settings window: 

  • On the Converter tab, set the Bitrate: You'll get a good sounding stream with a bitrate setting of 96Kbps to 320 Kbps MP3. With AAC+, the bitrate can be as low as 64kbps.
Sam broadcaster audio settings
  • Then, click the Server Details tab. 

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

The software allows you to send a stream to all Shoutcast and Icecast server versions. Here is how to broadcast using Icecast: 

Icecast - Example

Server Type: Icecast
Server IP: e.g.
Server Port: e.g. 8000
Username: e.g. dj_user
Password: e.g. n3t8zdw0ka 
Mount: /live

Sam broadcaster icecast
Here are the steps when using Shoutcast 2. Use your unique settings provided by your hosting provider.
Sam broadcaster shoutcast

Shoutcast 2

Server Type: SHOUTcast v2
Server Address: e.g.
Server Port: e.g. 8000
Username: (blank)
Password: e.g. n3t8zdw0oka
SID: e.g. 1

3. Playing music on Sam Broadcaster Pro  

You'll find creating playlists and importing tracks into SAM easy and intuitive. It's also possible to drag tracks into the queue from your file explorer. Create a playlist by selecting: 

  • Categories -> Playlist -> Create a New Playlist. 
  • Right-click your new playlist -> Add -> Add Files.. 
  • Add your playlist to the queue and click Play. 
Playing music

 Learn how to use the software by consulting Spacial's knowledgebase

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