Configuring Mixxx

Start by supplying Mixxx with all information needed to establish a connection to the streaming server:

  • Open Preferences ‣ Live Broadcasting.
  • Insert the settings following the descriptions in the Live Broadcasting Preferences
  • Click OK
  • Go to Options ‣ Enable Live Broadcasting or use the Application shortcuts to start broadcasting.

Live Broadcasting Preferences

Mixxx-Preferences-Livebroadcasting

Mixxx preferences – Setting up live broadcasting

Server Connection

  • Type: Select the type of streaming server you want to connect with. Shoutcast 1, Icecast 1, and Icecast 2 servers are supported.
  • Host: You can enter the host as either a host name or an IP address.
  • Login: As provided by your streaming server provider. Without this, you will not connect successfully to the server. The default login for Icecast is source while the default login for Shoutcast is admin.
  • Mount: A mount point is a unique name identifying a particular stream. For Shoutcast it is not necessary to specify a mount point. The setting must not be blank if you are using Icecast. Try the default /mount or /live. If you haven’t been given a specific mount point you can usually make one up. It always begins with a / (slash) followed by a text without any special characters in it.
  • Port: As provided by your streaming server provider. Most servers use the default port 8000.
  • Password: As provided by your streaming server provider, unless you run your own radio server. It is required to establish the connection to the server and to start the broadcast.

Warning

Do not enter a URL as the host! http://example.com:8000 does not work. Use example.com in the Host field and 8000 in the Port field instead.

Stream Setting

New in version 2.0: Dynamically update Ogg Vorbis metadata option

  • Public stream: If enabled, this option adds your radio station to the Shoutcast/Icecast directory.
  • Enable UTF-8 metadata: If enabled, this option fixes broken accented and foreign language symbols in metadata, assuming the streaming provider has configured the server to support UTF-8 metadata.
  • Dynamically update Ogg Vorbis metadata: Due to flaws in some streaming clients, updating Ogg Vorbis metadata dynamically can cause listener glitches and disconnections. Check this box to update the metadata anyway.
  • Stream name: So, what’s the name of your show?
  • Website: The website you would like your listeners to visit.
  • Description: Enter your DJ name and a short tagline.
  • Genre: List the main genres you play. This attracts search hits on stream directories. Genre must not be blank.

Encoding

  • Bitrate: Selecting a bitrate of 128 or 160 kbps is common and provides sufficient quality to your listeners. Higher bitrates will use a larger chunk in your Internet connection bandwidth to stream and for your listeners to receive the stream.
  • Format: Mixxx supports streaming to Icecast servers either in MP3 or Ogg Vorbis format, streaming to Shoutcast servers is supported in MP3 format.

Shoutcast metadata format

New in version 2.0.

This allows to set custom metatdata formats for the Shoutcast title field. Previously only artist - title was allowed. For example if you were broadcasting as part of a station, you could add the station’s name or the presenter’s name in the title: MyStation | $artist - $title. Or if you were doing a live mix with several artists, you could have: Live mix by MyName - currently playing: $artist. Or even if you wanted a very unusual format: Hey, I like $artist, here is $title by $artist.

The changes do not affect the case for the combination of OGG/Icecast2.

Custom metadata

By default, Mixxx broadcasts artist and title information of the files that you play to your listeners. You can disable this feature and use your own custom metadata.
  • Enable custom metadata: Toggles custom metadata on and off.
  • Artist: Insert your custom artist metadata here, your DJ name for example.
  • Title: Insert your custom title metadata here.

Note

Due to licensing restrictions, MP3 streaming is not enabled by default. For information on how to enable MP3 streaming, go to the chapter Activate MP3 streaming support.

Icecast vs. Shoutcast

Both essentially serve the same purpose. An Icecast server can stream either MP3 or Ogg Vorbis. However, although Ogg is more efficient and effective (you get higher-fidelity sound than MP3 at lower data rates) not all players can play Ogg streams. As a result MP3 is probably a safe choice unless you know your listeners can hear an Ogg stream successfully.


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