Our radiostation just switched to Shoutcast webcasting (from WMA casting) and got two streams, one 128k, another 32k. We broadcast live from our studio.
We measured and the approximate lag between "live audio" and what the users actually hear is about 17 seconds for 128k and over 50 seconds for 32kbps. With Windows Media at 24kbps, the delay was 10 seconds.
This delay is not very desirable, as instant messages to the DJ on air with questions like "What song are you playing right now?" are usually late (it's more like "What song were you playing one minute ago?")... You get the idea.
So I heard this was because of the large buffer that Shoutcast has (1 meg?). Is there a way to reduce this buffer? I looked through the server config files and couldn't find anything. Is there a hidden option of sorts, or is it possible to hexedit the server to change that value?
Thanks in advance for your help!