Software - Setup With Winamp (Win)

Our Support Technician Josh guides you through the initial setup of the SHOUTcast DSP plugin for Windows.

What is Winamp?

Winamp is a media player developed by AOL for Windows PCs. It allows you to easily manage your music files into playlists and offers plugins to control fading and playback effects. The SHOUTcast DSP plugin is available for Winamp which allows you to broadcast to your SHOUTcast server directly from the application.

Before you Begin…

Winamp is only available for the Windows operating system. If you are using OSX please consider purchasing Nicecast. You can find our Nicecast setup guide here.


What Do I Need?

When both are installed, open Winamp. It should look similar to this:

Selecting The Plugin

If the SHOUTcast DSP window does not appear when you launch Winamp; go to Options, then click Preferences. On the left side of the preferences window expand plugins then click DSP/Effects. On the right pane double click “Nullsoft Shoutcast Source DSP“.

Entering Your Wavestreaming SHOUTcast Server Details

Choose the Output tab then pick an output from the list.
Under the Connection tab, enter your server details (available from your Welcome email):

  • Host: eg.
  • Port: eg. 1234
  • UserID:SHOUTcast: Leave blank / CLOUD DJ: The default is ‘dj’
  • Password: This is your ‘DJ’ password (Usually ends with _dj)
  • Stream ID: Always default at 1

Click the Directory tab. You will need to enter your station details here such as name and website URL this will be displayed in the SHOUTcast directory.

Next, click the Encoder tab. Change the Encoder Type to your desired format (usually MP3 or AAC). In Encoder Settings select your bitrate (Wavestreaming standard packages offer up-to 128Kbps Streaming).

Click connect and play some music. Winamp will now be streaming to your SHOUTcast server.
You can see this by visiting Wavepanel and clicking on your SHOUTcast Server dashboard.

Wavepanel Dash

What If I Want To Broadcast Live, Like Using A Microphone?

If you don’t want to stream music through Winamp and you want to play everything either off your Sound-Card or a Microphone, then select the Input tab and select an option under Input Device. This will then broadcast all the sound which transfers through your sound-card/microphone.

Important information for Windows Vista/7/8

The way Windows audio layer controls devices has changed in newer versions of Windows. The following steps must be taken to enable soundcard recording in Windows Vista and above.

  • Ensure your Soundcard drivers are installed (This may not work with the default Windows Driver, Consult your PC manufacturers website to obtain the most up to date version).
  • Right-click the volume icon in the task bar and choose Recording Devices.
  • If Stereo Mix is not visible, right click in a blank space and choose Show Disabled & Disconnected Devices


  • Stereo Mix should now show up. Right click it and choose Set as default recording device.

Note:Some Laptop soundcards may not support stereo mix in newer versions of windows. In these cases it may be advised to use an external USB soundcard.