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remote broadcast needs change according to the event or context. possibilities for remote broadcast setups include:

online streaming (see below)
archiving / recording (see below)

remote broadcasts can also include news gathering / recording interviews, dj / turntables / live audio / PA setup, etc. KCHUNG has equipment specifically set aside for members to use in remote broadcasts - once you know what you need, ask a station manager or staff member about borrowing.

figuring out exactly what equipment to bring depends on what you plan to do, but in general, you'll need a computer with nicecast installed, and/or a transmitter and a mixer / audio setup. the transmitters all accept 1/8" line level audio inputs (from computer or mixer headphone outputs, for example).

online streaming for remote broadcasts

KCHUNG uses a second stream for remote broadcasts and special events. (listen here). to use this stream, you will need a computer with audio input (if the source of audio is anything outside the computer) and an internet connection at the location from which you will be broadcasting. there is a macbook with separate 1/8" audio input and output available to borrow for remote broadcasts that is already configured with the necessary software, but you can also install and run on your own computer if it's easier. we use the application nicecast to connect to the streaming server.

in nicecast, configure the server window info as follows:

name: kchung mobile broadcast
server type: shoutcast
password: eORX7okQgn
server address:
port: 9208
mount point:
public url: [automatic]

make sure to click this link before you start broadcasting to clear any automation that may be playing on the channel (note that these are active links, and will interrupt whatever is currently streaming):

...and then click this link when you are done to return to automation:

archiving / recording remote broadcasts

just as all KCHUNG broadcasts are recorded in the chinatown studio, we try to record and archive all remote broadcasts. this can be done either directly from nicecast using the program's archive function, or using another application such as audacity to record audio as it comes into the computer. broadcasts can also be archived using a handheld digital audio recorder, bypassing the need for a computer. if you plan to use both online broadcast and a transmitter, make sure you have the appropriate audio inputs and outputs and connecting cables to route the sound: an example setup would be:

  1. audio from microphone to mixer
  2. line out from mixer headphone jack to computer audio input
  3. computer streams and archives using nicecast
  4. line out from computer headphone jack to transmitter line input

many possibilities for configuring this depending on what is needed.

once the remote broadcast is completed and you have the audio files, bring them to the station and transfer them to the studio computer. make sure all files are correctly named (i.e., with only the one hyphen between the name and the date, no special characters). convert any high-resolution (wav / aiff etc) files to mp3, place them in a folder named with the broadcast date (year-month-day), and put the entire folder (mp3's only) into the "archive" folder on the desktop. put any high resolution files into the "wav archive" folder on the desktop. these files will be automatically uploaded to the KCHUNG archive and accessible after the next broadcast day. if you have any questions about the archiving / uploading process, ask a station manager or email [email protected]

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