RadioBOSS Cloud is a self contained system. It has everything to run a radio station with no external dependencies: an AutoDJ with track selection rules and scheduler, a streaming server, music file storage, a simple and fully customizable radio station page with various widgets.
Few easy steps to get radio station online with RadioBOSS Cloud.
To start, login to the control panel – you should have an email with login details. If you don’t have RadioBOSS Cloud account and like to have one, please see our Plans page.
1. Basic configuration
Select Settings on the left. On the General tab set the Time Zone, this will be handy to schedule events according to your local time.
Optionally, set the code page for non-unicode tags to make sure it reads tags properly for all music files. This can be changed later any time, in case you see some tracks names do no appear right, select another encoding and click the Update tracks library button.
By default, stream format is MP3, 128kbps. You can change it in the Streaming tab.
On the Station Info tab change station name, genre, URL and other settings. You can also upload the default cover art – it will be used to show cover art for tracks that do not have cover art information.
Click the Save button to save the settings.
2. Upload music.
Select Media on the left menu. Create necessary folders using the New button under the folder list. We recommend organizing a folder structure where music, station IDs, adverts, heavy rotation tracks etc are all in their own separate folders.
Select the folder where you want to upload the files, and use the Upload files button to upload one or multiple files or Upload dir button to upload all files from a specific folder on your computer. You can also drag-n-drop files from your computer folders into the files list to upload them.
3. Set up rotation.
Once music files are uploaded, you should set up a rotation.
In the Media section, select the playlist you want to modify (the default “Playlist” or create a new one using the New button).
The example shows to build a simple rotation when it selects e.g. two files from one folder, then selects one or more files from another folder, mixed with station IDs. An example rotation:
- Two regular tracks
- Station ID
- One Top-100 track
- Station ID
In order to build such a rotation, use the Add button to add items to the playlist. Playlists can contain various types of items: music tracks, network streams (to relay other network streams), Track Lists (this is a special feature to select one track from the folder).
- Use the Add button, select Track List at the top, select the folder where you have regular music tracks. Check the Include subfolders option if you want to also include tracks in all subfolders.
- Repeat step one, to make it select the second track. This will make it select two “regular music” tracks in a row.
- To add a station ID, use the Add button, select the folder where station IDs are located. It is recommended to turn on the Ignore repeat protection rules because repeat protection rules should not be used for those.
- Add Top-100 track: click the Add button – this is similar to step one, only this time you select another folder, where Top-100 music tracks are.
- Add another station ID, same as step three.
You can add one or more tracks directly to the playlist: drag with mouse, or use the To Playlist button. Multiple tracks can be selected with Ctrl or Shift keys.
4. Start playback
Make sure the playlist with the rotation is selected, click the To player button to send it to player. This will load rotation to the player. Go to Overview (on the left), you should see that your playlist is loaded. Click the Play button to start playback.
You can listen to your stream using the mini-player located at the top right corner. The tune-in links are located in the Information section.
5. Separation rules.
By default, RadioBOSS Cloud will use all tracks from the source (a folder) – that means, no track repeats until all tracks are played. But you may wish to have better than that, like, do not repeat artists or same tracks within the set period of time.
To achieve that, open Settings and click Repeat Protection at the top. Set the rules according to your needs. Click the Save button to save settings.
Scheduler can be used to switch between different rotations, to start TOTH jingles, run adverts etc. Click Scheduler on the left to open it. For more information about the scheduler please see Scheduler.
7. Live broadcasting.
To perform a live broadcast, you’ll need to use a streaming software that supports Icecast. Please see Live streaming guide for details on how to set up live streaming.