Start - Quick Start Guide: Cloud DJ
In order to use Cloud DJ, you will need to get it set up to your SHOUTcast server. Here’s how to do that:
- Log into your Wavepanel, and hover over CloudDJ
- Hover over MyCDJ, then click on settings
- You will need to fill in all the information on the left hand side of the page to start CloudDJ and connect it to your SHOUTcast.
- The title is just a label to use in CloudDJ – useful if you have more than one CloudDJ service. The CloudDJ password is used when uploading files via ftp.
- If you have ordered SHOUTcast with us, then you can select your server from the dropdown and the information will populate automatically. If you have a SHOUTcast server hosted elsewhere, or on a different account, you will have to fill in the Host, and Port fields with details from your SHOUTcast server. For example:
IP Address: 123.456.78.9
The DJ password is used to connect to your SHOUTcast server. If your SHOUTcast server is from us, it will end in _dj
server type is the version of SHOUTcast your server uses. All Wavestreaming servers use v2
The Stream ID only applies to SHOUTcast Version 2 streams. If you are unsure then set this to 1
- The Output Bitrate is the quality of the stream. This must not exceed the allowed bitrate of your stream, or you may get disconnected! (Most Wavestreaming packages come with 128Kbps maximum bitrate. Check your welcome email or open a ticket and ask our support team.)
- The Stream Title and Station URL are relayed to SHOUTcast and will appear in your listeners preferred audio player (The Station URL should either link to your website, or a social media page to engage listener interaction.)
- The Genre is the type of content your station broadcasts. This will also be passed to SHOUTcast and will be used in the SHOUTcast directory.
Cloud DJ modes
Cloud DJ can work in 3 modes:
- Shuffle Mode: Plays all uploaded tracks in a shuffled sequence.
- Playlist Mode: Plays a default playlist. (Playlists can be set up using the Playlist Tab.)
- Schedule Mode: Allows you to create a complete radio schedule. Using a calendar view you can add your playlists in 15 minute intervals.
There is a more detailed post about the different playout modes here
Once the settings have been populated, click Modify. Your Cloud DJ has now been initialised.
Uploading files to Cloud DJ
Before uploading any files to Cloud DJ, we advise that you ensure your files are in the optimal format below:
128Kbps Stereo MP3 with a sample rate of 44100Hz (44.1KHz) carrying version 2.4 ID3 tags. Please ensure your filename does NOT contain any special characters (@#$£*), track metadata stored in tags can contain these.
This will ensure the optimal performance of Cloud DJ.
There are two ways to manage files in Cloud DJ, in browser, or ftp.
In Browser File Management
This is the simplest way to upload tracks.
- Go to Wavepanel
- Go to Cloud DJ, then MyCDJ, then Files
- Open the folder on your PC containing your formatted MP3 files
- Highlight the files you wish to upload
- Drag and drop them into the Files page of your wavepanel
A progress bar with appear at the bottom of the page. If you wish to cancel any uploads click the View Details button then click Cancel Upload next to the file(s) you wish to cancel.
You can also see how much storage space you are using from here. Browser based uploading will not allow you to go over your storage limit.
Note: If your Cloud DJ storage does not seem to be updating, Wavepanel may be caching data on your computer. Please go to Cloud DJ Settings and click the blue ‘Sync Files’ button on the right hand side. This will refresh your files list and provide an accurate usage level.
FTP file management
We recommend FileZilla for FTP (it’s free).
To find your FTP details:
- Log into Wavepanel
- Go to Cloud DJ, then My CDJ, then Settings
- Your FTP details are displayed in the Control Panel
Once you’ve got these details, open up Filezilla. Enter these details at the top of the FileZilla window. You will only need to enter host, username, and password fields. You can ignore the port field.
When you have entered this information click Quick Connect. This will connect to your Cloud DJ Storage Space.
FileZilla has two folder directories. The left is your computer. The right side is the Cloud DJ Server.
There are two ways to upload files:
- Navigate to the audio file location in the left file directory, highlight selection and drag over to the right to upload. (For single files you can just double click them to upload)
- Find the file on your computer using Finder or My Computer and dragging it over to the file directory on the right of FileZilla
- When you can see successful transfers in the bottom pane of Filezilla, this means they are on your Cloud DJ
- Cloud DJ automatically syncs all file and folder changes. Once you have uploaded all your tracks, just refresh the ‘Files’ page in Cloud DJ to see them all
- You can organise the view by artist. Just click ‘Artist’ at the top of the column
For more detailed instructions about file management, see our guide.
Once you have files uploaded, go to Cloud DJ then MyCDJ. You should see a message the Cloud DJ is offline. Click the button under this message, and your Cloud DJ will start broadcasting.