iCast Pro, Voice Record Pro and DS106 Radio an iOS workflow.

After a couple of days fighting Nicecast and talking to the Skype lady I took a wee break today. I remembered Scottlo had blogged about a new iOS app for broadcasting to icecast and though I’d give it a spin. The app is iCast Pro.
I had occasionally used papaya but this has been discontinued. The developer has developed a new app KoalaSan which looks great, especially as it handels audio from other apps and records broadcasts. Unfortunately it does not support mp3. I konw that that will not work on EDUtalk where I do most of my broadcasting so I put my money on iCast Pro.
The setup is straighforward once you note the gotcha from Scottlo’s post. you need to choose icecast as a server in the settings, the icons are not, imo, easy to spot.
I made a couple of quick tests on both EDUtalk and ds106 radio and the app works with both. You can setup multiple stations.
The interface is a wee bit distracting, full of cogs but most of the buttons are clear.

The next bit I wanted to figure out was how to record the broadcast. I had looked into this before with out much success. i have two apps on my iphone that support background recording, Audio Memos and Voice Record Pro. i gave them a quick test and the quality was a lot better in Voice Record Pro so when for that for my main test:

  1. Opened Voice Record Pro and started a recording
  2. Switched to iCast Pro and started broadcasting.
  3. When I finished I stopped broadcasting and returned to Voice Record and stopped recording.
  4. In Voice Record I converted the file to mp3 and uploaded that to dropbox.
  5. Opened the mp3 in audacity and trimmed the start, exported to mp3.

I didn’t try to adjust the audio in audacity at all.

Here it is:

download iCast-Pro-Voice-Recorder-HD

Chicken Nice

A few notions around the use of audio and some notes on nicecast.

advancednicecastusage – sirdarkstar
ds106 – Community – Google+

After all the nicecast changing and testing of effects I’ve been doing the audio on this one is pretty rough.
I also got some, quite a few, sections of silence.
Screen Shot 2013-09-21 at 20.31.59
Not sure where they came from, I am putting it down to nicecast flakyness, perhaps due to the fact I’ve been hammering it (had a crash just before broadcast).
download chicken-nice.mp3

Mel Blank and sound effects Man – Chicken farm song Creative Commons license: Public Domain.
Gif from NYPL Labs : Stereogranimator.

Chickens Clucking

rooster 01

Some comments about comments, here are some of the posts I was talking about:


update Quite a lot of interesting discussion on G+ around this.

Scratching The Commons


download scratcing-the-commons

my bookmarks Pinboard tagged ‘creativecommons’
Creative Commons – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Creative Commons
Lee “Scratch” Perry – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lee “Scratch” Perry – Google image Search
Lee “Scratch” Perry – Chicken Scratch – YouTube
Stroszek: the Dancing Chicken – YouTube

Update: 30 Aug

You can set the default license for YouTube to “Creative Commons – Attribution”
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