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
- Type: Select the type of streaming server you want to connect with. Shoutcast 1, Icecast 1,
and Icecast 2 servers are supported. Mixxx works with Shoutcast 2 using the Shoutcast 1 protocol if you provide a stream name in Preferences ‣ Live Broadcasting ‣ Stream Settings. If you don’t provide a stream name, Shoutcast 2 rejects the connection (where Shoutcast 1 would accept this case).
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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. Some players that listeners can use have bugs that can cause audio glitches or disconnections when the Ogg Vorbis metadata is updated dynamically. If this is not a problem, you can enable this checkbox.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.