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April 11, 2011 in , by admin | Comments Off

This guide will teach you how to setup your very first internet radio station using free tools available to everyone on the internet. Through this tutorial, we will be creating a fictional radio station called “My Stream Radio.”

Step 1: Plan the format of your radio station out.

The first step is to figure out what will be broadcast on the station. For most, the answer is music. Others may want to include talking, preaching, or sounds of nothing. it’s your station, and you can do whatever you wish.

For our fictional station, “My Stream Radio, ” we will be featuring the soothing sounds of cavemen yelling, screaming, and an occasional chant. For “My Stream Radio”, I just happen to have several CDs, tapes, and even a few vinyl records full of this kind of content. I now know what I plan on broadcasting…step 1 complete.

Step 2: Digitalize Your Content

Now it’s time to take all of my CDs, tapes, and vinyl records and convert them over to a digital audio format. How exactly do I do this? Well first, I need to understand a little bit about digital audio. For my radio station, I am going to convert all of my content over to a very common format, mp3. Let us get to know our friend, mp3, a bit better….

In simple terms, a mp3 file is an audio recording format that strips away all of the sounds that the human ear cannot hear into a nice, small file size. The quality of a mp3 is determined by the bitrate that it is created at. There are several different bitrates available.

Sound Quality based on bitrate:
24 to 32kbps = AM radio quality – good for talking
48 to 80kbps = FM radio quality – decent for music
92 to 128kbps = CD quality – great for music
192kbp to 320kbps = better than CD quality

Remember the higher the bitrate you choose to rip at, the more space the files will take up. This probably won’t be a problem since most computers come equipped with WAY to much memory. Seeing that I have all of this extra memory on my computer, I will go ahead and rip my CDs at 192kbps (to me, this bitrate has an excellent sound quality and does not take up to much space).

Now that I have figured out some of the basics of a mp3 file, it’s time to start ripping! I am really anxious to get “My Stream Radio” up and running, so I will go ahead and rip the easiest things to rip…CDs.

How to rip CDs:

1. Download a CD ripping program. Common and easy to use ones include Windows Media Player, iTunes, and Freerip. (Windows already comes with Windows Media Player installed…lucky you!)

2. The next few steps depend on the CD ripping software that I downloaded. For my rip, I decided to use Windows Media Player. Now before I start ripping, I want to make sure the proper settings have been set in Windows Media Player. To access these options, I go to the “Tools” menu, than select “Options.” I then select “mp3″ under “format.” I then set the audio quality to 192kbps. I am now ready to rip!


2010-02-18 12:49:22 by -

There are a few internet radio streaming

Receivers that came out last year $100-200. But if it's for your living room, maybe it would be a better idea to invest in a media PC so you can stream your mp3 collection, and hook it up to your TV for movies, etc.
And no you don't have to spend $2000 for a good computer, $300-500 should easily buy you enough RAM and CPU for those purposes.

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