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HOWTO: the easy guide to getting Traktor to stream with Shoutcast

This is a 7 step tutorial guiding you through the process of setting up Traktor so you can stream to a shoutcast server. This guide has been written and tested with Traktor Pro & Traktor 3 on Windows XP, but works with Vista / Win7 as well.


Step 1: Download the latest versions of Icecast2 and Winamp + Shoutcast. When installing Winamp, make sure to enable "OGG Vorbis Playback". Usually it helps to install Asio4All under Windows, to reduce audio latencies a lot.


Step 2: Load up Icecast, and go to Configuration > Edit Configuration. In the xml file that opens you can change the password (default = hackme), make sure the hostname is "localhost". You can change the port if port 8000 is taken by another program, make sure to change it at steps 3 & 6 if you do. (image)


Step 3: In Traktor, go to preferences > broadcasting and use the following settings:
Password default = hackme.


Traktor Shoutcast

Step 4: In Icecast, press "Start Server". Icecast should now look like this.


Step 5: Now Icecast is running, start playing a track in Traktor, and hit the "broadcast live" located in the Audio Recorder box in Traktor Pro (image) as well as Traktor 3 (image). When Traktor succesfully connects to Icecast the button will stop blinking and stay lit. Icecast should now look like this, indicating 1 client has connected.


Step 6: Load Winamp up, it's time to tune in to your own server! Open your browser and go to http://127.0.0.1:8000/. This should load your local Icecast server page, press "Click to listen" and download the example.ogg.m3u file (image). Play the file in winamp, after some pre-buffering you should now be able to hear the track you're playing with a slight delay. Mute winamp (image).


Step 7: In Shoutcast, go to the Input tab and switch it to "Winamp" (image). The input levels should show activity if everything is working correctly.


(Optional) Step 8: On some PC's running Traktor + Winamp simultaniously creates problems where you can only run one or the other at the same time. If this is the case there are ways around this. One solution is to use a second PC or laptop on your network to tune in to your icecast stream.

On your second PC, instead of going to 127.0.0.1:8000 you will have to find the first PC's internal IP addres, usually something like 192.168.x.x . On the second PC go to 192.168.x.x:8000 and continue from Step 6!


You should now be able to stream whatever you're playing in Traktor to a shoutcast server. If anything in this guide isn't correct or something isn't working right, let us know in the shoutbox next to the article, or pop into our chatroom.