msgrumpybear (msgrumpybear) wrote in midnightcafedjs,

A word to the wise...

Shoutcast appears to be at least partially responsible for the problems many of us have been having with ID3 tags. Everyone will have to switch over from Shoutcast to SAM if you plan to keep broadcasting. It appears Shoutcast is not uploading all of the required track information to Live365. Right now we've got numerous violations listed and I know many of those tracks on Jason's computer which are listed as violations had proper tags for a FACT because he used the same program to make them that I use, and I made many of my mp3's from my CD's on his computer before I got this new one.

I'm running a test from SAM and all of the information appears to be uploading. Jason was using Shoutcast and the album information was missing for his entire show. If you're not sure how to do it, Robert and I both use it and can probably help walk people through it. Shoutcast is apparently also not uploading track times properly. So, as of now everyone needs to plan on learning to use SAM for broadcasting.

SAM is not that hard to use, but you need to make SURE you wear headphones so that you can adjust levels properly. Once you get used to it, it's very easy to use. Also, if you plan to do a live broadcast that runs longer that 4 hours, SAM resets itself. SAM also resets itself after encoding 4 hours if you don't turn it off between uses. In other words, when you're done you need to go back into preferences and turn the encoder off when you aren't broadcasting. You can set SAM up so that it actually records your entire broadcast automatically while it's encoding. We can help you with that too.

If you continue to broadcast, you must use proper tags. This includes Artist, Album and Song Title. Make sure all your mp3's have proper tags. Spend a little extra time checking that out when you're setting up your playlists. It's not difficult to do, and it's less of a pain in the ass than having the violations because currently, MCR can't be listed in the live365 directory since they have cracked down. We'd like to see that change. For station promos ID/PSA must go in the album AND the artist fields. You can edit them in winamp by right clicking on the track name and highlighting where it says file info. It doesn't look like it matters whether you put all of the information in ID3v1 or ID3v2 just as long as all the information is in one or the other. It's easy enough to copy so it's in both.

SAM encoders are on the MCR website. Everyone may want to download it and start messing around with it. SHITcast doesn't seem to be working and it's really not worth all the hassle with broadcasting. (This is part of the reason I was getting burnt out and I'm sure there might be others who feel the same way, but if you WANT to start broadcasting, learn SAM. It's not too tough.) Hey now that I figured out the problem is I actually feel accomplished. Not that that means I'm in any huge hurry to do a show again. But hopefully this will help keep someone else from feeling burnt out or frustrated.

Something that should make many of you feel a little better... if you used CDex for making your mp3's that does a pretty good job at storing all the track info and putting it in the proper places. :)

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