Over To You: What Do I Need To Broadcast Live From My Laptop?

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The world’s out there for DJs who want to broadcast their mixes over the web… but what’s the best way to go about it?
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Digital DJ Tips reader Thabul Speks writes: “If I wanted to DJ online and do live broadcasts and podcasts, what equipment would I need? What’s the best way to start?”

Well, the answer depends on whether you want to broadcast just your mixing or a more radio-style show, and whether you want to just do it live, or for listening to afterwards too (ie for later access by listeners who missed the live broadcast). The answer also depends on whether you want to do it for free or via a paid service. For instance, if you want to do it for free, don’t expect to be able to reach a huge audience live, because someone has to fund that bandwidth.

Likewise, if you want to broadcast your voice, your DJ sets and maybe guest DJs, you’re going to need to think about how you are going to mix those audio sources. And while some DJ software will let you broadcast direct, it’s typically only the full paid-for versions, not the LE versions that are supplied with most DJ controllers, that have this feature.

Over to you…

As this isn’t something we’ve yet covered here on Digital DJ Tips, we thought it best to throw it open to the community, because there is a lot of experience in this area among our readers and I’m sure you’ll get several useful replies to help you on your way.

So, over to you: Can you help Thabul with some idea about what he needs, what services can help him with live broadcasting and podcasting, any online resources, and what he should do next? Please share your experience in the comments. Many thanks!

Phil Morse
Editor – Digital DJ Tips

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On 9 August 2011 04:48, DJ Speks wrote:
If I wanted to DJ online and do live broadcasts/podcast, what equipment do I need?