Guide To Being A Second Life DJ


Want to be a DJ in Second Life? Streaming in Second Life has become one of the fasting growing interests and allows people from all over the globe, all walks of life to stream a mix of their favorite music. Love Rock? Love Romance? Love Jazz? Love Country? There is an audience for all genre styles. Now you may be wondering, what do I need to start streaming? This guide is to help you get up and running quickly. Second Life allows two formats to be streamed SHOUTCAST and ICE-CAST, with SHOUTCAST being the most popular.

First you need the software for your computer to decode your music. This software allows you to setup a playlist of songs, and the ability to TALK on microphone to your listening audience. There is PAID software and FREE software. One of the most popular is SAM BROADCASTER. I will list based on PAID and FREE. Because everyone has their own taste, you can pick and choose to find the one that fits your needs the best.

You will want a GOOD microphone. Do not go with the cheap dollar store or $9.95 headsets, you will sound absolutely horrible. If your serious about being a DJ, you will want to invest in a high quality mic. My choice was the Blue Snowball sold on Amazon at a cost of $59.95. Of course you can search Amazon or an on-line retailer for a good quality microphone. Your VOICE matters when it comes to streaming. The DJ who is active with the guests and can speak clearly and upbeat will find a bigger following and more tips. A small investment can go a long ways 🙂

 

PAID SOFTWARE:

 

SAM BROADCASTER

Pros:
SAM broadcaster is a favorite amongst Second Life DJs. It is also easy to set up and easy to use.

Cons:
The cost is the major drawback with the pro edition priced at $299.

 

VIRTUAL DJ

Pros:
A choice between two packages per month and one time payment

Cons:
You have a choice of VirtualDJ 8 PRO “Subscriber” at a cost of $19 USD a month.

A one time payment of $299 USD for the VirtualDJ 8 PRO “Infinity”

Cost could be a factor

 

RadioBOSS

Pros:

Three packages to choose from

Cons:

RadioBOSS Express 5.6.2.0 $119.95 USD

RadioBOSS Standard 5.6.2.0 $199.95 USD

RadioBOSS Advanced 5.6.2.0 $239.95 USD

Again, cost could be a factor

 

FREE SOFTWARE:

 

RadioDJ

Pros:

Free Software

Cons:

Can be a bit challenging to setup as a first time user.

Setup help: Tutorial

And a Getting Started guide

 

Internet DJ

Pros:

Free Software

Cons:

Made for Linux Systems such as UBUNTU

 

Butt Broadcasting

Pros:

Free Software

Cons:

Can be a bit challenging to setup as a first time user.

Here is the Manual to guide you

 

Once you have found the software of choice and have installed, now it’s time to get the stream from your computer into Second Life. You will need to purchase a stream provider in Second Life, they act as a relay from your PC to Second Life. The cost varies on who you wish to go with, however, you will want to take the following into factor – how many listener’s will be listening to your stream, what kbps you want to stream in. Personally, after DJ’ing for over 4 years in Second Life I have found a 100 listener stream and 128kbps to be sufficient. You can find streams ranging from 400L for the month up to over 2,000L. Some offer web based interface, and most are just add to your stream software and your set.

You will find that most of the stream providers that are priced 500L or less actually are as good and sometimes better than the higher cost streams.  Cost does not always mean better!

A few important things to remember:

  • Legal Issues: If you choose to stream your own music into SL directly or using a streaming relay host, the content and any copyright/royalty fees and any other possible issues are your responsibility.
  • To hear streaming audio, remember that you need to enable the options on the Audio/Video tab of your Preferences (Edit > Preferences) in the Second Life client.
  • If there is an invalid URL in the “Music URL” field on the land, you won’t get an error message in Second Life (you’ll simply won’t hear anything).
  • You can only change the Music URL directly on land that you own or on group land when you are an officer.
  • You can stream MPEG-audio (.mp2, .mp3) and Ogg Vorbis (.ogg) from streaming servers or pre-recorded sessions/tracks from a basic web server.
  • Streaming directly from a audio file URL (as opposed to a live streaming URL) will play the file once, but not loop it.

 

 

 

 

 

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