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Talk Over a Live DJ Broadcast

How to take over your radio station's audio to talk live on-air.

3 Different Methods

Note: The following guide uses Winamp for Windows to connect live to an online radio station and control music and microphone volume levels.

There are 2 different methods you can use:

  1. Sound Card Mode: Switch between Winamp, microphone, or any other audio device connected to your computer to take over your stream.
  2. Mixing Desk: Connect one or more microphones and easily adjust the volume levels from your mixing desk.

If you don't have Winamp then follow this guide.

 

1. Winamp Sound Card Mode (Windows)

Connect devices like your microphone or mixer to take over your broadcasts through Winamp’s sound card mode.

Go to Input and select your chosen Input Device in the drop down menu – Check the input device is working when connected in the Input Levels.

The SHOUTcast DSP will broadcast your computer's Default Recording Device. You can adjust this by right clicking the speaker icon in the sytem tray (by the clock) and choosing Recording Devices

Connect to your station using your streaming details in your DSP plugin’s Output area to live broadcast to your listeners.

 

2. Nicecast (Mac)

Add an option to automatically crossfade between your microphone's audio and your music using Nicecast's effects mode by doing the following:

  1. Select Effects
  2. Right-click on an effect space and choose 4FX Effect, then Voice Over.
  3. In Audio Input choose your microphone.
  4. In Crossfade move the cursor to adjust the music and microphone volume ratio (it's best to adjust this whilst broadcasting).
  5. In Auto Ducking adjust it to a level that you want the music to fade down whilst you're talking over shows.
  

 

3. Mixing Desk

A mixing desk gives you greater control over your radio station by enabling you to directly connect microphones and adjusting the volume levels for smoother fade in and outs between music and spoken word.

We recommend the Behringer Xenyx 802 if you’re in the market for a new mixing desk as you can use 2 microphones if you’ve got guests, have plenty of control over your audio with lots of dials, simple setup, and it’s quite affordable at $90.

We recommend the Behringer Xenyx 802 if you’re in the market for a new mixing desk as you can use 2 microphones if you’ve got guests, have plenty of control over your audio with lots of dials, simple setup, and it’s quite affordable at $90.

Watch the video below which shows you the mixing desk in action and how to get setup with live callers.