NextKast Internet Radio Automation Software
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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.


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


Search Window

How to use the search window to add tracks from your library into a playlist


Podcast Creation and Voice Tracking with Nextkast

Use Nextkast Pro to help you make radio podcasting easier!

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

NextKast PRO User Manual?
Download PDF Quick Start Guide
And Manual
user Manual
What Features Are Available in NextKast Pro?
Download Feature List Here
Feature List

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.
MicroServer Instructions


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



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 recommend using Microsoft Security Essentials 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 recommend using Microsoft Security Essentials if you desire to use an anti virus software.