Sound and Streaming
Posted on November 8, 2011
If you use Winamp and want your transmitted and streamed audio to sound professional but do not have the expensive processor (i.e., Innovonics) I strongly suggest the Stereo Tool Plugin by Hans van Zutphen available in a free version, or a more complete inexpensive version
I am mentioning the Stereo Tool for two reasons at this present moment, for one thing my radio signals have that full present sound which is a total pleasure to listen to all day and it’s because of the Stereo Tool. But the other reason this plugin is on my mind is because of a problem I’ve been having which I have theoretically traced to the Stereo Tool.
In another thread, asking for Shoutcast help, I have made several entries regarding the frequent disconnection and reconnection of my Shoutcast Server from the YP (Yellow Page Directory) at shoutcast.com.
One cause, I found through experimentation, is the conversion going on in real-time within Winamp as it converts the audiofile bit-rates to the streaming bit-rates. Winamp does this very well until some odd-ball file values show up and then it seems to appear like a “lost source.”
One audio file in particular causes the connection to drop and reconnect about once a minute during its 15-minute length. It is a Time-Counter that I use to fill time with clock-like pulses similar to WWV Time Radio. My theory is that the pulses happen BEFORE the Stereo Tool can hard-limit them, thus exceeding the headroom limit from the Shoutcast Server. With this in mind, it is possible that other disconnects may be happening from any audio material with a strong starting velocity.
If my theory holds up, all I need to do is drive my stream with a very careful top-end threshhold.
I will be back after manipulating things.