These days audio streaming over the internet has become a craze. So many people have their weekly or daily podcasts. If you are also trying to start your career in podcast streaming, then you should first start with some audio streaming over free networks such as IceCast or SHOUTcast.
For starting your online audio streaming setup, all you need is a decent microphone, a laptop and a small software called butt (broadcast using this tool). This small program packs everything that you would need to start streaming online.
This program is not designed to be an online streaming server for your music files or audio files of any kind. It works only with microphone input and the line-in port input. If you have an equalizer then you can send its output to the line-in port of your computer.
The program is very easy to use. After launching it, you have to configure the streaming servers and that is all. After that you can launch it anytime, and start speaking on your microphone. It will start streaming over the configured servers.
If you choose SHOUTcast for streaming then you will have to create an account at SHOUTcast and then use your credentials in the “broadcast using this tool” configuration settings. It can also use a self hosted Icecast server or you can ask for an account from commercially hosted Icecast servers.
You can choose the bitrate and the audio quality from the audio streaming settings. We can choose from various audio codecs such as MP3, AAC+, OGG/Vorbis, OPUS and FLAC.
When you are broadcasting a live radio show of your own, you would want to keep a recording of your own show too so that you can later use it. This program offers recording your live streaming in form MP3 files. The filenames can be set to your own chosen patterns. It can also be split into every few minutes (such as 60 minutes or 120 minutes).
Conclusion: “Broadcast Using this Tool” is a small tool that covers everything you will need to start live audio streaming over SHOUTcast or Icecast servers. The interface is designed to be very user friendly and it comes with a manual that shows the users everything they would want to start their own radio show online.
You can download “broadcast using this tool” from https://danielnoethen.de/butt/.