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How To Install RadioDJ

 


This is the first in a two part tutorial on using RadioDJ in MLG (Moonlight Grid).

If you're thinking of becoming a DJ in MLG one of the first things you have to decide is which software to use. The choice is between paying $100's for something like SAM, using cracked software which can include malware, or finding a good free option. Whilst Mixxx, is excellent for a Linux system it can be unpredictable on Windows. Fortunately however there is a very good alternative for Windows called RadioDJ, and like Mixxx it is free to download and use.

If there is one drawback to RadioDJ it is that it takes a few stages to install and set up, however, this tutorial will walk you through each stage to make it as quick and easy as possible. The first step is to go to the RadioDJ Download page to get the latest version, then unzip the package. If you don't have a good unzipper, 7Zip is a good free option.

Install A MYSQL Server

RadioDJ uses MYSQL as a database for all of the music on your PC, and it is required to set up the software. This is the step that might make a few people turn away from installing RadioDJ, but so long as you follow these steps it should be quick and painless.


2. Scroll down and choose either the 32bit or 64bit version, depending on your Windows version. 

 3. Now unzip the downloaded folder and run the installer.


 4. Select the Server only option (highlighted in red above), then click Next.



5. In the Configuration window select Development Machine and click Next.

 
6. You now need to choose a password for MySQL. Write it down because it will be needed later. MySQL is now set up on your PC.

Configuring The RadioDJ Database

We now need to configure the MySQL database to work with RadioDJ, which if the above steps were followed correctly should be quick and easy.


1. Go to the folder that contains the RadioDJ files and click on Database Setup (highlighted in red above).


2. A window similar to the above should open. The spaces with text need to be completed:
3. After entering this information click on Install Database  in the top right corner and if all went to plan should see MySQL Server Is Online  highlighted in the bottom left corner. The database can now be used to import your music files.

Installing Encoder Plugins

For licensing reasons RadioDJ doesn't come packaged ready to stream MP3s so you'll need to add a plugin.

1. Go to this Altcast page and download the latest RadioDJ encoders then unzip the folder.

2.  Put the bassenc.dll file into the main RadioDJ folder.

3. Put the Plugin_Encoder.dll, Plugin_Ecoder files and the Encoders folder into the RadioDJ Plugin folder.


The next time you start RadioDJ you should see an Altcast tab to the upper right similar to the above.

 Setting Up A Stream For InWorldz

Now that RadioDJ is up and running all that needs to be done is to add a stream so you can begin DJing in MLG. If you don't know how to get a stream this is described in the Mixxx tutorial. The link is on our home page.

1. Once you have bought a DJ stream in MLG you should have recieved a notecard with the stream's details, such as IP address, port and password.



2. Click on the Altast tab in RadioDJ, then click on the green + icon. A window similar to the above will open.

3.  Give your stream a unique name. Then add the information from the notecard to the window.

4. If you haven't been given an Admin password, this is usually 'admin'.

5. If you are streaming at 128Kbps the sample rate is usually 44100, at 96Kbps it is usually 22050.

5. In the Reconnect option enter the number of second you want the stream to reconnect after a disconnection. In this example 10 seconds has been added.

6. Click Save Stream and you are done. If you want to, you can add more streams under this tab.

RadioDJ is now set up and ready for you to start DJing in MLG.
Although this process may seem a little long winded, it is worth remembering RadioDJ is completely free,
which will eaither save you $100s or stop you worrying that you may have downloaded malware with cracked software.
Once set up RadioDJ is easy and trouble free to use.


Once you have RadioDJ installed and configured the hard work is done, and what follows in this tutorial is quite simple to pick up.
The first step is adding music to the RadioDJ database, but before we move on to that take a look at the pic below that explains
sections of the User Interface (UI) you'll need to know. Click the image for a larger view.


1. Play/pause the playlist. The area below this is where your playlist will appear.
2. Tracks Manager. This is used to add tracks to the database.
3. Playlist builder.
4. Opens a saved playlist.
5. If you have edited a playlist on the fly, the changes can be saved here.
6. Click the Input button to use the mic. Click again to turn the mic off.
7. The search bar allows you to search the database. The area below this shows tracks in the database.
Use the blue arrows to go from page to page of the database.

Hovering your cursor over any button on the UI will show a description of the button.

Adding Music To The RadioDJ Database

One of the most difficult steps of setting up RadioDJ for a novice is configuring the MySQL database, and if you sweated over this,
then you'll now be glad you did because the database is one of the pleasures of using RadioDJ.  Simply follow the steps below to populate the database.
Once this is done using the search function and creating playlists will be very simple.


1. Click the Tracks Manager button (2) to the lower left of the UI and a window similar to the above will open. Your window won't
contain any tracks however.

2. At the bottom of this window there are two buttons (highlighted in red) that allow you to import either a folder containing tracks into the
database, or just one track. As your database will be empty you'll need to click the Import Folder button.

 

3. Another window similar to the above will now open. Click the icon highlighted in red to navigate to the folder containing the tracks you
want to import, then click the Import Directory button at the bottom of the window.



4. If you click the button highlighted in green, this will open another window as above that will allow you to select the Categories, sub categories
and genre of the tracks to be imported.

The RadioDJ database will now be populated by your tracks, so the next step will be to build a playlist.

Building A Playlist


1. Click the Playlist Builder button (3) towards the bottom of the UI and a window similar to the above will open.

2. If you have sorted your tracks according to category, sub category and genre, then you can use these drop down menus to help you
navigate to the tracks you want. You can also enter the name of the track or the artist's name into the search window, highlighted in red.

3. The top half of the window will show the search results, depending on the criteria you used. You can listen to a track by using the play and stop
buttons to the middle left of the window.

4. The database will contain a number of pages of tracks and you can move from one page to another by using the blue arrows to the
middle right of the window.

5. To add a track to the playlist, drag it to the lower half of the window.

6. Once you have all the tracks you want, you can change their order by dragging them up or down the playlist position.

The bottom left of the Playlist Builder window indicates the length of time the playlist will take to play. In MLG you are typically looking
to build  a playlist that lasts for two hours, which is roughly 33 tracks or so. Click the image above to see this function clearly (where is says 'Duration').


7. To save the playlist go to File > Save Playlist and a small window will open as above. Name the playlist then click the Save button.


8. To open a saved playlist in the UI, click the button (4) and in the window that opens (as above) use the top drop down menu to select your
playlist, then click the Open button.The playlist will now be loaded to the left of the UI.

Click the play button above the loaded playlist (1), and assuming your stream is set up in InWorldz, and is showing as connected under the
Altcast tab, you are now DJing. There are however a few more things you'll be glad to know.

Using A Mic

If you plan to DJ in MLG then you'll need to use a mic to engage with your listeners and build a following. By clicking the Input button (6)
your mic will go live on your stream. When using the mic it is probably best to pause the music because there is no control in RadioDJ to
lower the music volume whilst the mic is in use. 

However, check the configuration of the mic in Windows' sound settings because this may allow you to lower other sounds whilst the
mic is being used. Also, check your sound card manager to see if it also allows other sounds to be controlled whilst the mic is being used.

Click the Input button again to turn off the mic.

Adding A Request To A Playlist

If you are asked to play a track that isn't included in your playlist, you will first have to search the database to see if you have it.
You can do this to the right of the UI by using the search function (7). You can search by track title or artist's name. 

If you have the track it will be displayed under the search window, where you can drag it to the playlist.
Once it has been added to the playlist it can be dragged to the position you want it.


If the track isn't in your database you'll need to acquire it and then import it. Once the track is on your PC do the following:

1. Click the Tracks Manager button then in the window that opens click the Import Track button.

2. You will then see a window as above. Click the plus icon to the top right of the window (highlighted in red).
This will allow you to navigate to where the track is stored on your hard drive (see below).


3. Click on the track to be imported, then click Open in the Windows' navigation panel. The path of the track will now show in the import window.
Click the Import button, then close the window.  

4/ Close the Tracks Manager window.


You can also import a track whilst playing a playlist by hitting the  Options button at the bottom of the UI and selecting Track Import (see above image).
The Import window will open and you can import the track by following the process described above.

The track has now been added to the database, so you can search for it to the right of the UI and drag it to the playlist.

A Note About Making Changes to A Playlist

It is possible to make changes to a playlist whilst it is playing. The changes can be saved by hitting the save button (5).
However, any tracks that have already been played will automatically be removed from the saved playlist, so its sensible to keep this in
mind to avoid ruining a good playlist.




Playing music in MLG or SL

The server with port number address should be added to a parcel of land in MLG or Second Life
so everyone on that land parcel will hear you play
If you own the land yourself go to About Land/Parcel Details in the menu or right click on the ground and choose About Land.

Land Menu          Land Pie Menu

Click on the "Media" tab and paste the URL into the "Music URL" field

Media Menu

Close the dialog, and when you press play on the music player you should hear your own stream
If you do not own land ask the Club Owner or Manager to change the URL for you

If you are trying to stream from an object of some kind (ex: SHOUTcast Board, radio) please see the instruction that came with your object.



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