|FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)|
What Are the differences between The Standard and Pro Versions?
Please refer to the bottom of the download page for the feature differences and make sure to download the trial of the version you would like.
Can I use NextKast with Any Stream Provider?
YES, Nextkast supports Shoutcast v1 and v2, Icecast , Live 365, and Radio.co and is not restricted to any stream provider.
Can NextKast run in the Cloud on a Virtual Server?
YES, Nextkast has the ability to run on a windows server ( for example windows server 2012 in the 'Cloud') This option will allow you to run your station from a server farm with more robust internet connection and backup power etc... Instruction are on page 48 of the user manual.
Can I use run NextKast in Manual or Auto Mode?
YES, you can choose to drag songs in the available player and do announcements live, or run in completely automated mode where Nextkast will automatically pick the songs for you according to your rotation/clock categories.
Can I talk over/In between Music?
Yes, Nextkast has a Mic input that will allow you to talk over, or in between music tracks. You can also record your voice, and then play it during a transition, or as a track.
Does Next have built in Audio Processing(Adjustable In Pro Version)?
Yes, Nextkast has a built in Auto Gain Control, EQ and Audio Compressor to make your station sound Pro. In addition you can use external sound processing like BreakAway and Stereo Tools as DSP plugins.
Can I play .pls playlist files(Pro version)?
Yes, you can create and load .pls playlist files into NextKast, it even supports sumilcasting other streams using the .pls file/URL
Can I mark my tracks to show intro, outro and next start?
Yes, you can mark these for each track loaded. Sweep start can be marked and each track can have a unique sweeper, along with inrto until, outro starts, and next Start to mark when the next song should start.
Can I run a Top of Hour Station ID?
Yes, this is possible by enabling top of the hour setting in the settings screen and making sure the first item in your rotation is the station Id category. Check the video on the left for more details.
Can I schedule rotations?
Yes, for instance you can schedule a daytime, drive time, and night rotation, to change the sound of your station depending on the time of day/night.
Can I run Commercials?
Yes, you simply make a category or categories for your commercials and then place them in the rotation where needed.
What Type of Audio Files does NextKast Require?
NextKast currently can playback .mp3 .wav .aiff .ogg .m4a .mp2 .flac audio file types
Can I broadcast Skype Calls(VOIP) Using NextKast(Pro Version)?
Here is a Brief Overview of how to Broadcast Skype Calls Using NextKast and two Sound Cards.
Can I generate playlist and voicetrack ahead of time(Pro Version)?
Here is a link to a video that shows you how to create a playlist and voicetrack it ahead of time:
VoiceTracking Video Here is a Sample Voice Tracked By Don "Records" Ludden
Can I REMOTE voicetrack (Pro Version)?
With the help of external drive sharing apps like Drop Box, Google Drive, and OneDrive, you can remotely Manage and voicetrack. The Remote Location simply runs a separate copy of NextKast and sets the Remote Path to the Drive Sharing location. The broadcast System also points to the same Drive Sharing Location. Our New Broadcast version now also has a Server / Client method which does not require drive sharing for Remote voicetracking and remote management, details on page 35 of user manual.
How do I set up Nextkast to run without a stream provider Using the built in Shoutcast Micro Server?
Here are the instructions. This will allow you to run a PRIVATE stream and use a free phone app to listen from anywhere in the world.
Can output station audio into a separate sound card (FM radio transmitter)(Pro Version)?
Yes, in 'broadcast settings' you can set the broadcast sound card to output just the stream data
and not what is heard in studio for example( voicetrack previews, song previews) will only be
heard in studio and not on broadcast soundcard. In the Broadcast version all each player can be assigned to a specific sound card.
How Do I Use an External Mixer With NextKast Pro?
In Nextkast you can use our line in method to use an external mixer and then send the mixed audio with mic and other sources mixed in back to our internal encoder. Here are the Instructions
NextKast Minimal System Requirements:
NextKast Optimal System Requirements:
|TroubleShooting (Common issue solutions)|
Tracks Repeating too frequently or tracks not getting picked as desired
See page 60 of the user manual for detailed diagnostic help on scheduling
Cannot connect to stream server
The first and most IMPORTANT suggestion is to copy and paste server paths and passwords instead of typing them. Most connection issues stem from incorrect server type, or incorrect credentials being entered into encoder settings. Generally the error dialog when attempting to connect will give you a clue. One possible correction is to try to add a 'http://' in front of the server path. Also note that admin and admin passwords do need to be entered and can be found from your stream provider or your centova cast status page.
Audio Delay in microphone and music attenuation of music when mic is active:
Due to buffering in the windows audio engine, a small delay of the size of the input buffer size below plus the output buffer will be introduced between the when you speak to when the output is heard. This defaults to 500ms or half a second. This should only be an issue when monitoring with headphones is required. The delay can be eliminated by muting the mic from the sound card, this can be done by checking the mute mic monitor in Mic settings window. If you need to hear yourself the best option is the use the 'Line In' External mixer option described here: https://www.nextkast.com/nkExternalMixer.pdf
Music levels can be lowered automatically when the mic button is pressed, this is called 'ducking', The amount of ducking can be set in the mic settings window.
I want to hook up an external Mixer, How do I do it?
'Line In' External mixer option described here: https://www.nextkast.com/nkExternalMixer.pdf
The nextkast App is behaving erratically
The most common reason this happens is third party anti virus software is interfering with nextkast operations. Uninstall thierd party antivirus and reboot to resolve. Windows 10 has a built in anti-vuris software that works best on its own.
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