How to enable AutoDJ?

When you get a new server, AutoDJ is disabled by default. To enable AutoDJ, perform the instructions described below. 
You may also check this Video Tutorial

1. Stop your server

2. Go to Settings -> AutoDJ -> Permitted and enabled.

3. Select -> AutoDJ -> Permitted and enabled and click Update

4. AutoDJ icon should appear in the menu

 

Notice: The server will not start unless there will be some files uploaded onto the server and added to a playlist.

Once you have enabled AutoDJ you can upload some audio files onto the server by selecting AutoDJ -> Files -> Upload. More details in this tutorial.

You can also upload file via FTP account, watch this video tutorial to learn how to do that. Next, you need to add uploaded tracks to a playlist.

How to start uploading audio files to the server?

To learn how to upload files on the server to use them with AutoDJ, watch the video or see the tutorial below:

 

1. Select FILES on the left side of Centova Control Panel main menu, under the AutoDJ section

NOTE: If you cannot see the AutoDJ icon in the menu make sure you have enabled AutoDJ

2. To open upload windows click UPLOAD at the bottom fo the page

3. By clicking SELECT FILES you will open the file explorer on your computer.

4. Select the desired files and click OPEN. You can choose MP3, M3U and WMA files.

5. After you have finished uploading all files click CLOSE.

6. In order to go back to the main Centova Control Panel click RETURN at the bottom of the page.

How to get started?


Would you like to create your first Internet Radio Station? Here is a brief tutorial that will give you a clue about how does it work. 

Prefer watching videos to reading? Check the Video version of the Getting Started Guide:

There are two ways of broadcasting online. You can broadcast live from your computer or upload files onto the server and use AutoDJ. If you want to go for the live option, you need to install and configure live broadcasting software.

If you prefer to upload files onto the server and use AutoDJ all you need is a web browser, you do not need to install any additional software. Using the AutoDJ feature, your Radio Station can broadcast 24/7 even when your computer is turned off. 

It is also possible to combine both methods, use AutoDJ to keep your Radio Station online 24h and go live anytime you want to!

1. Your server account will be activated automatically, right after our system registers the first payment. You will receive all log-in credentials by email. Use them to access Centova Cast Control Panel of your Radio Station.

2. If you have a server package with the AutoDJ function, start by enabling the AutoDJ feature.

3. Upload your tracks and records onto the server and create playlists.

To learn more about playlists and AutoDJ, read updating playlist tutorial and uploading your files to AutoDJ tutorial.

Once you have uploaded tracks and created at least one playlist you can start the server.

4. If you have a Server Plan without the AutoDJ feature you can skip the steps 3, 4 and 5. 

To broadcast live check Live Source Connection details for your server and configure your broadcasting software:

To see how to configure your broadcasting software please check a guide for the software that you use here.

5. Share the WebPlayer link with your potential listeners or publish the Radio Player Widget on the Website of your radio station. It is also a good idea to join TuneIn - the world's largest Internet Radio directory. If you would like to make your radio station even more mobile friendly, get customized Mobile Apps that can be installed by your listeners on their mobile devices.

 

How to use FTP Software for quicker file upload?

 

Centova Cast panel has an in-built file managed but you can upload files quicker by using FTP software like Filezilla.
Watch this video tutorial or follow the instructions below to learn how to configure your FTP software and upload files to the server

Use the FTP CLIENT CONNECTIONS details from QUICK LINKS:


Enter a hostname or an IP number of the server (e.g. eu1.fastcast4u.com)


Enter your Centova Cast login username


Enter your Centova Cast login password (also called as an administrator password, it can be checked in Settings of your Centova Panel).
IMPORTANT: Leave the port number blank or enter "21". Do not use the port number used for live broadcasting software.

Click Quickconnect, your FTP software should connect to the server

How to configure Winamp with SHOUTcast DSP Plugin?

If you prefer to watch a video tutorial, we have also prepared it for you. Watch the process of configuration of Winamp with a SHOUTcast DSP Plugin:

- Without AutoDJ

- With AutoDJ

If you do not have all required software yet, you can easily download Winamp and SHOUTcast DSP Plugin from our website.

Before you start the configuration process, log in to the Centova Cast Panel and select the Quick Links section. 



Find ShoutCast/Icecast server details under Live Source Connections:


 

Open Winamp with a DSP plugin installed. If your DSP plugin did not open, then push CTRL + P and enter DSP/Effects under Plug-ins tab. Then just double click Nullsoft SHOUTcast Source DSP.



You should be able to view Winamp with a DSP plugin like presented below:



Select MP3 Encoder to choose an MP3 encoder or ADTS-AAC for an AAC+ encoder:

(Notice: Majority of the players on the Internet support the MP3 standard only, we recommend using the MP3 standard for your main stream)



You will see an Encoder Settings button if you selected the AAC codec or a list with Encoder Settings if you selected MP3.

 

To adjust the bitrate for MP3 Encoder select it from the list, remember that the selected bitrate may not exceed the maximum bitrate of your server. 
(Note: If you use Auto DJ the bitrate of your live stream should match the bitrate set up for Auto DJ) 

We recommend using only 44100 Hz Sample Rate for MP3 encoders. 



To change bitrate for an AAC+ Encoder, enter Encoder Settings button. The Sample rate (Hz) and settings of channels will set up automatically.




A window with a bitrate slider will open. Select an appropriate bitrate. Remember, not to exceed your maximum limit, you can easily check it in Centova Cast Control Panel. 
(Note: If you use Auto DJ the bitrate of your live stream should match the bitrate set up for Auto DJ) 



The maximum bitrate for your server is visible here:

 

Configuration of Shoutcast v1:
(for Shoutcast v2 see below)

To enable Shoutcast v1, you have to check option "Use SHOUcast v1 mode (for legacy servers). You need to enter the server address, port number and password.




Configuration of Shoutcast v2:

To connect to a Shoutcast v2 server, enter details marked on a screenshot below. You need to enter server address, port, DJ username, DJ password and Stream ID (mount point number, the default setting is "1").




 

If you wish to record and save your stream, Select "Save Encoded Output", and choose the location where it should be saved.

How to configure B.U.T.T.?

 

If you do not have all required software yet, download and install B.U.T.T. (Broadcast Using This Tool). 


This simple app does not allow creating any playlists, so it can be used to broadcast the sound from your microphone, line-in input, an external mixer of from a different software.

1. Before you start the configuration process, log in to the Centova Cast Panel and select the Quick Links section. 




2. Find ShoutCast/Icecast server details under Live Source Connections:


If you would like to use AutoDJ and broadcast live using BUTT, you need to create at least one DJ account in Centova Cast Control Panel by selecting the DJ option in the menu of Centova Cast Control Panel.
Check this tutorial to see how to create DJ accounts

Restart the server after adding each DJ account. Only one DJ can be connected to the server at the time.

If you do not use the AutoDJ feature or have a server without AutoDJ, you can skip this first step.

3. Open B.U.T.T software and select Settings



4. You should be able to view the Settings page as presented below, select ADD Server




5. Open your Cantova Cast Panel to copy the encoder settings to BUTT like presented below:

Even if you use SHOUTcast V2 server, we recommend connecting in the Shoutcast v1 mode:

6. If you use IceCast Server, enter live as a mount point name and source a username:

7. Select the Audio Device and adjust the broadcasting bitrate and make sure that it does not exceed the maximum broadcasing bitrate for your server:



8. Make sure that the sound level indicators are going up and down, that means that you are ready to broadcast:

9. Hit the play button and, if you are connected to the server successfully, you should see the a Connection established message and idle state will change to stream time

How to configure SAM Broadcaster?

If you prefer to watch a video, check the video tutorials that we created. They show the configuration process for SAM Broadcaster:
- Without AutoDJ
- With AutoDJ

To obtain all configuration data required, log in to the Centova Cast Control Panel and access the Quick Links section.



Find the details of ShoutCast/Icecast server under Live Source Connections:



Open SAM Broadcaster and select Desktop B:



Use the [ + ] button to add a new encoder:



Select MP3 (LAME_ENC) to choose an MP3 encoder or aacPlus v2  for an AAC+ encoder then click OK:

(Notice: Majority of the players on the Internet support the MP3 standard only, we recommend using the MP3 standard for your main stream)



To configure the encoder consider your server details (see at the beginning of this tutorial) and follow these steps:

Check your maximum bitrate in Centova Cast Control Panel

1) Icecast:



2) Shoutcast:



The configuration of an MP3 encoder
(aacPlus codec described below)

Set the bitrate, it may not exceed the maximum bitrate of your server:
(note: If you use Auto DJ the bitrate of your live stream should match the bitrate set up for Auto DJ) 




The configuration of an AAC encoder



Set the bitrate, it may not exceed the maximum bitrate of your server:
(note: If you use Auto DJ the bitrate of your live stream should match the bitrate set up for Auto DJ) 



Select channel mode and format:






Configure server details

Shoutcast v1:



Shoutcast v2:



Icecast:

IMPORTANT: Default mountpoint for live stream in Icecast is called "/live" and the username is always "source"




If you wish to save a record of your stream on your computer, access Stream archive and select "Save stream to file"



Configure the file locantion and click OK:

If you would like to set up Statistic Relay (optional) please follow the steps described below:

Access Desktop B:



Click [ + ] in the Statistic Relay window:



Select SHOUTcast statistic relay: (Icecast statistics relay confiuration described below)


Configure SHOUTcast Statistic Relay and click OK:

Do not use the port number  from Configuration section. Find information in Centova Cast Overview
Password: your Administrator password (to be found in Centova Cast Control Panel -> Configuration -> Settings)



Centova Cast Account Overview:



Icecast Statistics Relay:



Configure Icecast Statistic Relay and click OK:

Username (always): admin
Password: your Administrator password (to be found in Centova Cast Control Panel -> Configuration -> Settings)

How to configure Virtual DJ?

Before you start using your VirtualDJ, have a look at the official Getting Started Guide.

For more advanced usage, check the Advanced User Guide.

Log in to the Centova Cast and open the Quick Links section. 



Find ShoutCast/Icecast server details under Live Source Connections:

 


Open VirtualDJ and select software Settings:



Select the Start Broadcast option:

 


Select Radio Server:


See below configuration for Shoutcast and Icecast. Note, that VirtualDJ only supports SHOUTcast v1 mode, if you have SHOUTcast V2 server you can still connect in V1 mode.




Click Start Broadcast:



How to create a PayPal Subscription?

To create a PayPal Subscription (recurring payment), open the invoice and make sure that PayPal od Debit/Credit Card option is selected as the payment method.
Your personal data, address and other invoice details are protected, so you need to be logged in to view and pay your invoice. The payment will be processed by PayPal.

Here is the list of countries in which sending payments through PayPal is supported.

 

Click the Subscribe button to create a subscription and be billed automatically by PayPal.
Creating subscription is optional. You can also make a one-time payment through PayPal without creating any subscriptions/.

 If you have a PayPal account just log in and follow the instructions given by PayPal.

 If you do not have a PayPal account you can easily create it and set up a subscription.

 Enter your details and card details to create a PayPal account.

 Confirm the subscription. Please notice that if you use other currency than USD or Euro, it will be automatically converted to USD. 

You can easily cancel your PayPal subscription at any time. 

How to pay with a Debit/Credit card?

FastCast4u Ltd does collect card details, for security reasons. Card Payments are processed by Paymentwall Inc. 
Your personal data, address and other invoice details are protected, so you need to be logged in to view and pay your invoice. 

1. To pay with a card, select Debit/Credit Card as a Payment Method:

See a list of countries for which this payment method is supported.

1.1 Click on BRICK by Paymentwall to open a secured Payment Gateway. 

1.2 After the system redirects you to the Payment Gateway, you can safely enter your card details. 

1.3 Alternatively, select Debit/Credit Card | Online Bank Transfer | Paysafecard & more... for more payment options.

 

2. You can also easily make a payment with a card through PayPal, also without a PayPal account.

2.1 Select PayPal or Debit/Credit Card option

2.2 Choose Pay with a Card option if you do not have a PayPal account.

How to configure Mixxx?

 

If you would like to start broadcasting live using Mixxx, make sure you have all the software required:

Download and install Mixxx: mixxx.org/download

Download Lame MP3 codec from our website and install it having installed Mixxx first. 

1. First of all, if you would like to use AutoDJ and broadcast live using Mixxx, you need to create at least one DJ account in Centova Cast Control Panel by selecting the DJ option in the menu of Centova Cast Control Panel.

Check this tutorial to see how to create DJ accounts

Restart the server after adding each DJ account. Only one DJ can be connected to the server at the time.

If you do not use the AutoDJ feature or have a server without AutoDJ, you can skip this first step.


2. Open Mixxx and select Options and Preferences:

3. If you would like to use a microphone, select it in the Input devices section.

https://img.fastcast4u.com/tutorials/mixxx/mixxx5.jpg

4. To configure the connection to your Radio Server, select Live Broadcasting in the menu.

5. Open the Centova Cast Control Panel of your Radio Station and copy the following details from the Quick link section of your server:

- Hostname (1)

- Port number (2)

- as the password use the password and username of the DJ account that you have created separated by a colon (:), e.g. "testdj:mypassword" (3) or source password that you have received by email.

- Mount and Login – leave empty as presented below:

For a server with AutoDJ and a DJ account:

See how to create a DJ account

A server with no AutoDJ and no DJ account:

 

6. Fill in Stream details, it is up to you what details will you use. These are Stream Details that will be seen by your listeners. We also recommend selecting the Public server option and UTF-8 encoding for metadata.  

7. Select the bitrate (audio quality) of the stream. If you use AutoDJ the bitrate of your live stream should be the same as the bitrate of your server/AutoDJ. If you do not use AutoDJ make sure that broadcasting bitrate does not exceed the maximum bitrate of your server. You can check the maximum broadcasting bitrate of your server in the Quick links section of your Centova Cast Control Panel. 

Select the audio coded for your stream. We recommend broadcasting in MP3 file format because it is supported by most of the players on the Intenet. 

Click Enable Live Broadcasting to connect to the server and start broadcasting live.

You should see a confirmation that Mixxx has been successfully connected to the server:

If you see the same message as below, sure that you have downloaded and installed the Lame MP3 codec from our website

Important: Restart (close and open) Mixxx software after installing the codec.

Untick the Enable Live Broadcasting option to disconnect from the server. 

You are ready to start broadcasting live!

Learn more about DJing using Mixxx

How to create a playlist and what are the playlist types?

How to pay with a card through PayPal?

Can you easily make a one-time payment with a card through PayPal without a PayPal account.
You won't be forced to register nor create such an account when you select this method of payment. 

1. Open your invoice and make sure that PayPal od Debit/Credit Card option is selected as the payment method.
Your personal data, address and other invoice details are protected, so you need to be logged in to view and pay your invoice.

Click PayPal or Debit/Credit Card button.

To make a quick, one-time payment through PayPal, select the Pay with a card option. 
No subscriptions will be created.

 Enter your personal details and card number in PayPal Guest Checkout form:

The payment will be processed by PayPal.

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[VIDEO] How to create a custom theme for WebPlayer?

The default design of the WebPlayer doesn't fit your station? Or maybe you simply want to amaze your listeners?
Our WebPlayer provides the opportunity to modify the themes and create custom ones. Learn how to do it, with the video tutorial below.

TIP: You can put your own embed widget on your WebPlayer page, for instance, a chat box: https://minnit.chat/

Can I put a radio station on the website? (website radio player)

Yes, we do provide an embeddable and customizable WebPlayer widget for websites. It's a free addon to all server plans. 

Do you assist with configuration of live broadcasting software on my PC/Mac?

Yes, we offer a remote assitance using a dedicated and safe remote access software. Our help is mainly aimed to assist with a setup of connection to the server.

Do I need a royalties / music licence to broadcast online?

Depending on the kind of music, the content that you broadcast and your location, it's very likely that you need to cover licencing fees or royalties. That's especially important if you play commercial music.

Can you create a website for my radio station?

All radio server packages and reseller packages comes with a free WebPlayer page that contains your radio player and basic social media details. You can customize it and add your own content there (more details here).

 

Do you offer any live broadcasting software or only servers?

You can find download links to Free Broadcasting software like Mixxx, BUTT, Winamp on our website in Client Area.

Why my scheduled playlist doesn't start on time?

Centova Cast will never interrupt a track to change playlists, so that it is waiting for the current track to finish. That means, if your scheduled playlist should start at 8:00 and 5 minute long track starts at 7:58 it will play to the completion. So, your scheduled playlist will start play at 8:03. 

How can I receive calls from my listeners?

We recommend you setup call-in between Mixxx and Skype. Just follow this tutorial

How can I listen to my station?

You can listen to it through the Webplayer Page or your streaming server page, please check Quick Links in Centova Cast.

Why my live broadcast keeps cutting?

Most probably you have a problem with the internet connection, please contact your ISP.

Do I need to stop AutoDJ before going live?

Only if you have server based on SHOUTcast v1. In SHOUTcast v2 or IceCast it is not necessary. 

How can I contact FastCast4u Support?

We do our best to provide 365/7/24 Support Availability, that's possible thanks to two Customer Service Centers.

The main form of contact with us is the contact form available on our website. We also provide a LiveChat popup that you will find on our website, in Client Area and Radio Control Panel when we are online as well as telephone support.

You may easily check our availability and find out contact details on our Customer Support Page

Can you activate my Service before I make payment?

All Services and Products are pre-paid and will be delivered after we register the invoice payment. If you want to test our services first, you can ask for trial package, that is free for 7 days.

How much time does the app development process take?

The App will be created within 14 working days from the day that all details required to create the Mobile App are submitted and confirmed by the Operator. This time period does not include the time required to review and publish the App by Apple or Google, that is not dependent on the Operator and it cannot be a subject of a complaint.

Do you provide assistance regarding website design?

No, we do not provide website design services nor assistance regarding website design.

Can I pay in my local currency?

You may pay in any currency, it will be converted to USD to Euro automatically by out payment operator. So, we accept currencies from all countries.

Do you collect card details?

FastCast4u does not collect any card details from Customers. All payments are processed by external, trusted payment operators like PayPal, Paymentwall, and others depending on your country.

Will a subscription be created automatically? Will you charge my card automaticaly?

We do not create any subscriptions for Customers. You can create a subcription on a request via PayPal or Paymentwall if you select a Subscribe button instead of a One-Time Checkout. We believe in a fair billing policy and do not force Customers to create any subscriptions.

Why my is my service suspended?

Your service can be suspended if we do not register a payment within 5 days after the due date. Notice that we send notfications by email and SMS if you fail to pay the invoice before the due date.

What happens If you are late with payment?

Typtically, your service will get suspended within 5 days from the due date. After 3 months your files and server account will be removed and it will not be possible to restore them.

Can I cancel my service at any time?

Yes, you can cancel your service at any time. For that, you need to submit a cancellation request. Please notice that if you cancel the Service before the end of the Billing Period you agree to lose the fee that cannot be prorated or refunded.

Can I use FTP account in Centova Cast to upload private files?

No, you don't. You can only upload audio files and cover art images. Other files may be removed from the server and in some cases your account may be suspended or terminated. This regulation does not apply to the Web Hosting Service.

How much disc space is in unlimited package?

AutoDJ disc space for Unlimited Services equals currently available disc space of a machine (maximum is up to 4TB) shared by all the Customers using the same machine.

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How to set up my WebPlayer?

Your WebPlayer will be activated automatically as soon as you get your server plan. It will be in a default mode, for customization follow this video

Is my Live Broadcasting software is compatible with the server?

You may use any free or licensed software or streaming devices that are compatible with SHOUTcast v1, SHOUTcast v2 or IceCast. If you are not sure if the solution you want to use is supported, feel free to discuss it with our Technical Support.

Can I stream online wihout any live broadcasting software?

Yes, you can also stream using AutoDJ without installing any additional software - you just need your web browser to upload tracks to the server and manage your playlists online.