Streaming Audio FAQ

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GUIDE: STREAMING AUDIO


Key words: streaming streams music urls radio audio sounds winamp media microphones speakers

This guide contains the basics for getting started playing music on your land.

  • WHAT IS STREAMING AUDIO?

Music is played on your land in SL using a URL (web address) which you set up in your About Land options. You can hook up to an existing stream on the web, or create your own if you have the resources.

  • WHERE CAN I GET AUDIO STREAMS?

There are are lots of free sources on the web. Here are a couple of sites to start you off:

http://www.shoutcast.com/

http://www.icecast.org/

http://www.live365.com/index.live

Hard rock: http://64.236.34.97:80/stream/1039

Classical: http://64.236.34.196:80/stream/1006

Digital/Trance: http://radio.digitalgunfire.com:8000/

Smooth Beats: http://64.236.34.196:80/stream/1018

Space Lab: http://83.226.131.250:8000

Soft Space: http://64.236.34.196:80/stream/1018

  • HOW DO I SET MUSIC FOR MY LAND?

1. From the menu, select World/About Land. 2. Click on the Media tab. 3. Enter the URL to the music stream. 4. Click the Music control off and on to refresh the settings. The control is located at the bottom center of your screen.

  • CAN I PLAY A STREAM ON MY FRIEND'S LAND?

No, you must have land permission to edit land settings. You'll have to give them the stream to enter it. If you are an officer of a group, and the group owns the land, then you have the ability to change it. Otherwise, you must own the land.

  • HOW DO I PLAY MY OWN MUSIC?

This is can be a bit complex. Anyone can stream music via a broadcaster program like WINAMP or SAM2, however, you need a server to do so. Options include rent one offsite from a hosting company online or use your own if it's set up to play a shoutcast stream.

Note: Crow recommends SAM2 Broadcaster because it requires no plugins, they come with the program, and it's much easier to understand than WINAMP. For configuration of your broadcaster once you have a server and are ready to go, feel free to IM Crow in game for help.

www.winamp.com (WINAMP)

www.spacialaudio.com (SAM2)

  • CAN I USE A MICROPHONE AND TALK OVER THE MUSIC?

Yes! SAM2 provides easy buttons to manuever quickly back and forth between music and DJing. WINAMP I'm sure has the capability, however it would require a plugin to do so, the program does not come with it by default.

  • I CAN'T HEAR ANY SOUND, IS MY MUSIC BROKEN?

1. Make sure there is a Music control panel at the bottom, center of your screen. If not, go to Edit/Preferences, select the Audio tab, and make sure Play Streaming Music when Available is checked.

2. On the Music control panel, click Stop and then Play to refresh the settings.

3. If you still don't get music, double-check the URL you entered in the About Land box. Be sure the address does not have a small space in front of it. This keeps it from playing and has been a common problem. If there is a space, remove it.

4. If you still don't get music, the stream may not be valid. Try testing the stream in WinAmp to be sure that it does work.

5. Check your speakers. Are they plugged in, turned on, volume turned up?

6. If music and speakers test out, leave the parcel and come back.

7. Still no music? Try relogging.

8. If relogging didn't help, it could be a bandwidth issue, or a local problem on your computer. Time to file a bug report.


contributor: -CrowCatcher Valen