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Help Videos


Quick Start Video

Get's you up and running quickly by describing the steps to get Nextkast set up for the first time


NextKast Pro Overview Video

What Makes Nextkast Unique?



Connecting to you Stream Provider

Steps required to connect Nextkast to your Stream Provider so you can start broadcasting.


Connect to Live365

How to get connected to your Live365 account


Using The Scheduler

Once rotations or playlists are created this video walks you through the steps of setting up a schedule in Nextkast.


Manually Create A Playlist for a Date/Time

Create a custom playlist for a show and have it run Automatically no scheduling required


DSP,EQ, Gain, Compression Settings

Fine Tuning your stations sound settings.


In Studio Voice Tracking in Nextkast Pro

AN overview video on how to get started with voice tracking in NextKast Pro Version


Remote Voice Tracking in Nextkast Broadcast Version

AN overview video on how to get started with remote voice tracking in NextKast Broadcast Version


Running Live / Microphone Setup / Semi Real Time Voicetracking

How Do a live radio show using Nextkast


Podcast Creation and Voice Tracking with Nextkast

Use Nextkast Pro to help you make radio podcasting easier!


Run Nextkast In the Cloud via VPS

Shows you how to set up Nextkast in the Cloud

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the last 10 years Nextkast has evolved quickly to become a powerhouse of features at an amazing cost/value ratio. NextKast Brodcast Version is an unbelievable value for Full Power FM stations and provides all the features, support, and felxibilty of the large automation products with the benfit of direct contact with the developer. Call us today to find out more (210)286-2975


Please refer to the bottom of the DOWNLOAD PAGE page for the feature differences and make sure to download the trial of the version you would like. Simply put, the Standard Version is an autodj software which adds supurb sound and transitions, the Pro Version allows for in studio voicetracking and the Broadcast Version has all the features of modern large scale radio automation software including remote voicetracking


YES, Nextkast supports Shoutcast v1 and v2, Icecast , Live 365, and Radio.co and is not restricted to any stream provider.


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. Here is a VIDEO that may help you to set this up.


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. Here is a VIDEO that will help you understand how to run Live in Nextkast


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. Run Nextkast Live


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.


Yes, you can create and load .pls or 3mu playlist files into NextKast for Radio automation Playout, we support all external scheduling software like MusicMaster, Music1, Natural Music, Powergold, Station Playlist Creator, and many others.


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.


Yes,we currently have an importer that can load music and cue data from Station Playlist, RadioDJ, Natural Music and Others. Contact us for addition information.


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.


Yes, you simply make a category or categories for your commercials and then place them in the rotation where needed.


NextKast currently can playback .mp3 .wav .aiff .ogg .m4a .mp2 .flac audio file types.


Here is a Brief Overview of how to Broadcast Skype Calls Calls Using NextKast and two Sound Cards.


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


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.


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. MicroServer Instructions


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.


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





System Requirements?

NextKast Minimal System Requirements:
Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8-8.1, Windows 10
CPU Speed: 1.6 GHz AMD or Intel
Ram: Dependent on OS, Common NextKast RAM consumption is 40-100 Mega Bytes
Video Card Memory: 1 Gig Minimum
Hard Drive: Dependent on music libary data size
Sound Card: Most sound cards will work, Higher Quality Sound card suggested for FM stations and Mic Input
Streaming Requirement: For broadcasting to stream server an internet connection of at Least 1MB upload speed and 3MB download
Other Considerations: To eliminate all variables we suggest the broadcast computer has just the minimum OS installed and is used solely for NextKast. We highly recommend ONLY using Windows Built in antivirus if you desire to use an anti virus software.

NextKast Optimal System Requirements: 
Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows 8-8.1, Windows 10
CPU Speed: 2.3 GHz Intel Pentium 4 / AMD or higher
Ram: Dependent on OS, Common NextKast RAM consumption is 40-100 Mega Bytes
Video Card Memory: 4 Gig Minimum
Hard Drive: Dependent on music libary data size
Sound Card: Most sound cards will work, Higher Quality Sound card suggested for FM stations and Mic Input
Streaming Requirement: for broadcasting to stream server an internet connection of at Least 3MB upload speed and 10MB download speed, used exclusively for broadcasting
Other Considerations: To eliminate all variables we suggest the broadcast computer has just the minimum OS installed and is used solely for NextKast.We highly recommend ONLY using Windows Built in antivirus if you desire to use an anti virus software.

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 third 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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