1- You must have:
a computer with internet access (it may be a dial connection);
a web radio account for the streaming;
mp3 or ogg songs and recordings and/or sound equipment connected to the PC to play CDs, tapes, etc;
softwares like Darksnow-Darkice (Linux) or Edcast (Windows);
2- Switching on the equipment:
First of all, get a microphone. You can use those mics that are sold with the computer. Choose songs and recordings to play;
Connect the mic P2 plug to the mic line in on the PC sound board (it is in the back). If the plug is different, search for a connector at electronic stores. The piece might not be expensive.
Search for the audio exit in the sound equipment and connect it to the line in PC sound board. Use and appropriate cable (p2/p2 plug cable is the most commom).
3- Registering a radio account:
Dissonant Project keeps one host computer (named Ada) for audio streaming and to create free accounts for people and groups that want to use web radio in a way different from commercial broadcasters. If you want do do a non-profit program or talk about social ideas, keep in touch.
4- Configuration and installation
After creating a web radio account, you need to start the audio streaming. At this stage, you should learn how to install the appropriate program according to your operational system.
Darksnow software configures your web radio account and the Darkice transmits your data. There are many different Linux interfaces, we will only show you how to configure the software in Debian system (like Ubuntu, Kurumim etc.).
Download the software
Log in your package manager (eg. Apt-get, aptitude, synaptic) and look for Darkice and then Darksnow.
1- right-click the mouse on the program to install and check it;
2- click “apply” and follow the instructions.
*Hint: Linux platforms are more stable and have better compatibility with various technical programs designed for streaming. They also have everything to do with free communication.
After the programs are installed, open the Darksnow. To do that, press Alt F2, type “darksnow” and press “enter”.
Filling in the form: Pick up your account information (server, port, mountpoint and password). You will receive them by e-mail if you set up the account with Dissonant Project.
1- in the first window, type:
Server: ex.: ada.dissonante.org
Password: (your password)
Level of verbosity: 10
2- If you want to save the transmission, write a name on the Archive Dump. To identify the file to be saved, click on the File Dump button and choose to save the file transmission.
3- Audio options:
Format: mp3 or ogg/vorbis
Ratio of bits: 24
(if your PC is old, try 0.5)
Bits per sample: 16
Number of channels: 1 – Mono
Device: depends on the type of your computer's audio card. The /dev/dsp is the simplest device
4- Describe your radio
Name: ex.:Radio Collective
Description: (make it short)
URL: (enter your website)
Genre: ex.: Alternative (program style)
Public: (yes or no?)
*Note: none of the data in item “4” is required, but they identify you on the internet.
Press the start button. If it works, great! If not, check possible errors or write to us (email@example.com).
*Tip: To transmit audio files from your computer or to mix songs, use other program, such as Jack. Start simple, use only /dev/dsp. Then, try new possibilities.
4.2. For Windows
The program may be installed as a plug-in (enhancement) for players, such as Winamp or Foobar. Here we will teach you how to install a version that works alone, the Edcast Standalone.
- Go to http://dissonante.org/site/downloads/edcast_standalone_elame.zip and download the latest version of the program.
Installing the Software Installation
Double-click the downloaded file and follow the instructions (we recommend you to accept the standard Edcast configurations).
Opening the program
1- Open the program. An icon of Edcast will appear on the desktop and Stard menu.
Setting up the account
2- With the window open, click the “Add Encoder” button. When a new window pop up, fill in the data of your web radio account.
How to configure audio options
3- Enter the account data
Server Type: Icecast2
Encoder type: Lame mp3 or ogg
Server IP: ex.: ada.dissonante.org
Server Port: 443
Password: (enter your password)
Mountpoint: ex.: Dissonant
Connect Seconds: 5
4- Identifying your web radio
Repeat the procedures for Linux. Both Linux and Windows use this data to name the radios on the net.
5- Advanced Configurations
Use it only if you want to store your radio broadcast. Select “Save Archive or Stream” and choose a folder to save your radio program.
6- Saving Configurations
After typing all the radio data, click on “OK” to save the configuration.
Click on “connect”. If the data is correct, the word “connected” will appear. Also access www.dissonantproject.org, click on “Online Radio” and check if you radio is listed.
If it doesn't appear, check for possible mistakes or write to us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*Hint: mp3 and ogg/vorbis formats are different ways of compressing audio files. Both Linux and Windows require a codec (a coding and decodign device) to be able to broadcast in mp3 format.
Advertising the radio link
With the transmission working, you just have to send your address to everyone. There is a pattern to be followed:
In case you forget your address, access the “Online Radio” section on the Dissonant site. Then click with the right button on “listen”. Copy the link of the new page, paste it on your site and advertise it to everyone.
Most audio players (Winamp, Windows Media Player, XMMS, VLC etc.) open automatically the web radio link.