So you wanna be an Internet Broadcaster? It's not so hard on the Mac, here's how.
I am going to keep this post brief. I have done a two-part podcast on Internet Broadcasting on the Mac. The first part is a friend and I talking about it and what we had to go through to get up to this point, as well as the advantages/disadvantages between Djay, the more popular broadcasting tool that does not have a professional transition sound.
The second part, however, is me demonstrating a very overlooked broadcasting tool for the Mac that once was very inaccessible called Radiologik. If anybody has questions of things not covered in this tutorial, such as iTunes, playlists and questions about Radiologik DJ, let me know.
Here is a link.
Enjoy, and I hope to see some internet broadcasters on Macs come out of the Woodwork like stations have!
What if you want to know how much time has elapsed and how much is left of your show? Is the list now accessible so you actually can see what's playing? It hasn't been and that's why i keep saying that Radiologik is unusable. What if you have requests, how do you put them in to be played immediately after the song you're on? How much fiddling about in the application is required in a live broadcast situation? I mean if you have to VO arrow around a lot in the application, it's quite unpractical.
You can see how much time you have left in the queue at the bottom of the Window. It says, "Remaining Program Time". It says both how long it will take to play all of the tracks you currently have queued, followed by what time it will be. This of course can be delayed with talk breaks and updates accordingly.
The most recent stuff for seeing what is currently playing, "just heard" previously before the current song, and the track before that, are at the top of the window and is accessible.
I've been doing live shows for six months or so, you can listen to archives found within the same podcast to get a feel for how i do things.
As for requests, I have a request ID. If someone has a song while tracks are playing and I want to play it for them, I will sometimes be nice and put both my request ID and said request track at the top of the queue with the "add to top of Radiologik DJ queue" iTunes script so it will play immediately after the currently playing track, or after a voice break. Otherwise, if it is a short set of songs before the request, I will just add it to the queue along with everything else and it will play when it gets to it.
You will unfortunately be command-tabbing back and fourth from iTunes and Radiologik, but that's just how it is. I've gotten used to it and it's... okay. Literally the only things that remain inaccessible in Radiologik are the advanced Preferences pain, which I will report on the forums to see if this is fixable, and the program queue. In order to see what we play that is further than the current and two or so most recent tracks is to simply look at your iTunes playlist. When I say the artists that are coming up, and the songs/artists I've played in a set of songs, I scroll through my iTunes playlist and attempt to read them as best as I can, lol. Some of the stuff is in other languages, but I'll butcher those too haha.
So yes, it is a lot more accessible than when you last used it for sure. I can remember when this app was just a bunch of unknowns and didn't read anything.
A side note: I have been told that adding something to the Radiologik DJ queue will put it in specific players. For example, promos/jingles under 30 seconds will be added to the spot player as opposed to regular music.
This, it appears, has not been happening for me. I don't really care about this issue as some people may, becuse as long as my intro transitions into my first track okay, which it normally does flawlessly most times, that's great.
I encourage you to give it another shot.
Ok, so basically accessibility still is where it was when i last checked. The fact that the queue isn't accessible is in my not so humble opinion a deal breaker especially since the developer says he can't fix it for fear of adding new bugs instead of those he has fixed. What if i don't remember the songs that are coming after the one that's playing, do you have to go to iTunes to pick that up and does the itunes playlist delete itself so that you can see only the current track and the tracks that are after it?
In a live situation you don't have the time to go through an itunes play list if it's not synced, at least i haven't.
Thanks very much for the podcast, I tried Radiologik a while ago and couldn't get the hang of it, so it's definitely given me a better idea of how it works. I do have some questions though.
<li>In your demo, you started off with a playlist prepared and then used the track prep feature in Scheduler to make sure the transitions are smooth. If I queued up 5 songs for example, removed the gaps with the track prep feature, then someone sent in a request and I added it to the queue, would the transitions between that and any new tracks added to the queue be lost? If so, how would I then remove the gaps before they go on air?</li>
<li>If I wanted to play jingles on air, would I just add them to my iTunes library and then add them to the queue the same as a normal track? And again, how would I insure there are no gaps between the jingle and the next playing track? I would most likely use the same jingle 2 or 3 times as well, so I'm assuming the Track Prep feature would only work once.</li>
<li>Finally, if I'm playing a 30 second bed for example, and I'm still talking when it comes to the end of the bed, how could I get it to play it again until I've finished talking? Similarly, if I start a 30 second bed and I only talk for 20 seconds, how can I skip the last 10 seconds and jump to the next track?</li>
Hope all these questions make sense, and thanks in advance for any help.