Originally posted by Erik Spigle
I think I found the culprit. I was running the DSP plug-in through my output plug-in (SqrSoft Advanced Crossfader). It supports running DSP plug-ins within itself. I just set them each to run on its own.
But now I have another problem. When connecting to the server it is buffering about 90% of the time. I am streaming at 128kbps over a 100Mbit Ethernet network. I've done this in the past without any problems, but now it won't quit buffering on the client side it seems. The music plays fine, but it's ridiculous to watch the playlist and see it say Buffering %%%% and then flash the song title every so often after buffering. Any leads?
A couple ideas come to mind, but you didn't give many particulars about your setup. I had this problem when I was streaming using on-demand rather than they typical connect to the server.
The problem sounds like your broadcast PC can't provide the data fast enough for the playback to keep up. Assuming you're using WinAmp connecting via URL, on the PC you're using to play the stream on,
1. Go under WinAmp Preferences (CTL-P) and under Plug-Ins/Inputs, configure the Nullsoft MPEG Audio Decoder streaming options (try both higher/lower settings).
2. Go under WinAmp Preferences (CTL-P) and under Plug-Ins/Output try increasing or decreasing your buffering on your selected output device.
3. Stream your files at a lower bitrate.
4. Check your networking to insure that it's operating in full-duplex and not half-duplex (full duplex allows asynchronus operation, half does not).
Some of these settings will apply to the WinAmp that's maintaining the playlist, however I'd check the client side before I started messing with the server side. As always, back things up b4 you make any major changes.