Help/Videos

Support Plan

If you need phone/screen share or email support after your first free year of support please click below
You may find the answers below in tutorial videos, user manual, and troubleshooting help on the bottom of this page

Support Plan Renewal

Renew your Support Plan Icon

Quick Links

Feature Overview Video

A short video showing some of the benefits of using Nextkast Radio Automation Software

Quick Start Video

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

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

Advanced Music Scheduling

A complete tutorial on Music Scheduling built into NextKast

Manually Create A Playlist for 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 VT

How to do a live radio show using NextKast

Podcast Creation and Voice Tracking with Nextkast

Use NextKast Pro to help you make radio podcasting easier!

MobileVT web based remote Voice Tracking

Remote Voicetrack from iPhone, Android, PC, Or Mac

Run Nextkast In the Cloud via VPS

Shows you how to set up NextKast in the Cloud

voice tracking tutorial

Simple quick tutorial from one of our users on how to in Studio Voice track

goLive Remote Radio Hosting

A quick tour of the new goLive feature for Nextkast Radio Automation. Host live radio from most web browsers and devices. There is even the possibility to host multiple presenters simultaneously.

Overview Video

NextKast Feature Overview

FAQ

Is NextKast an option for Full Power FM Stations?

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 flexibility of the large automation products with the benefit of direct contact with the developer. Call us today to find out more (210)286-2975

What Are the differences between the Pro,Broadcast and OnAir Versions

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 Pro Version allows for in studio voice tracking and the Broadcast Version has all the features of modern large scale radio automation software including remote voice tracking. The onAir version ads traffic merging and satellite triggering for Terrestrial Radio Stations.

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. Here is a VIDEO that may help you to set this up. Our new version now allows you to broadcast live from your cloud server.

Can I run NextKast in Manual mode to do Live Radio

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

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. Run Nextkast Live

Does NextKast have built in Audio Processing?

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 use an external Music Scheduler?

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.

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 intro until, outro starts, and next Start to mark when the next song should start.

Can I import my library from another automation system?

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.

Can I schedule my rotations / clocks?

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 types of audio files can Nextkast play?

NextKast currently can playback .mp3 .wav .aiff .ogg .m4a .mp2 .flac .mov .mp4 audio file types.

Can I generate playlist and voicetrack ahead of time?

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?

There are many options for remote voice tracking including native PC and MacOS apps,as well as MobileVT out browser based remote voice tracker.

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 I output Station audio into a separate Sound card?

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 each player can be assigned to a specific sound card.

How do I use an external mixer with NextKast?

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, Windows 11
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, Windows 11
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. This Tutorial video may also help: https://youtu.be/yMUIeCbK4NQ

 

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.

more to come…

Help Articles and Additional Tutorials

Import Data from Other Radio Automation Programs RadioDJ

radioDJ-ImportDownload

Play URL Stream/ FTP file / Remote File

Stream-URL-1Download

Nextkast Setup with Shared Network or Cloud Drive

Netowrk-Drive-1Download

Quick Video Tutorial in Spanish

A quick video showing some of the features of Nextkast done by one of our Spanish speaking users. Nextkast radio automation in Espanol

NextKast Setup Tutorial: Broadcast Live Radio

https://radio.co/blog/nextkast-setup-tutorial-broadcast-live-radio On paper, NextKast is an automated music and audio media playout software for Windows. What makes it unique is the deep wealth of features hidden underneath. Voice tracking, audio processing, and built-in podcast creator make NextKast worth trying for your radio station.

Release History

Version 6.2.6 (07/01/22)

7/1/22 version 6.2.6 NEW Initial release for GoLive MobileVT feature (BX and OnAIr) New playout only screen , size the two frames as preferred(All) Refreshed some GUI icons (All) New option to hide mic, linein and sweeper buttons in adv settings (All) New Stacked Player View option available in settings -> adv screen (All) added […]

Version 6.2.3 (04/21/22)

NEW New update method to fix update error when checking for update from help menu (all) Adjustable re-connect tolerance in advanced audio settings (all) FIXED Added new playlist macro file list, creates the ability to save a set of playlist macros and save them in a category (bx and Onair) Fixed unintentional fade when playing […]

Version 6.2.2 (02/13/22)

NEW Made it possible to drag and drop newly created URL files (all) Better on screen indication of when a player is player a URL or remote file FIXED Fixed bug that when a wav file with wrong tag is deleted and re-imported old tag would persist Fixed On deletion of live playlist item playlist […]

Version 6.2.0 (1/8/2022)

1/8/2021 NEW1. on lineIn press or playlist macro trigger of lineIN, selected sound card will display (BX & onAir)2. selectable soundcard on playlist macro linein (BX & onAir)3. show trigger state on main screen from satellite switcher (broadcast tools switcher or Axia GPIO) (onAir)4. Manual play button on Sweepers will also play from sweeper imaging […]

Version 6.1.7 (10/31/21)

NEW1. added RDS out for onAir version2. allow web/ftp/http embedded files to preview properly3. added category health window in song pick errors4. added axia livewire gpio trigger ability (onAir Version) FIXED1. more fixes for the case when a track starts while rotation is still loading2. remove uncheck schedule warning from nkManager3. faster song picker4. fixed […]

Version 6.1.0 (8/28/21)

NEW1. Added MobileVT Browser based voicetracking that works on PC, MAC, Iphone, Android, and Tablets (BX and onAir)2. Added OnAir version focussed on FM/AM radio (OnAir)3. Selecteable font on countdown clocks (left click for two built in options, right click for any font installed in system4. Improved various User Interface Visual Elements FIXED1. More fixes […]

Version: 6.0.11 (6/8/21)

New1. Sample buttons can be assigned to tracks to trigger at marked points. (preview track and press sample button to mark)2. Intro until displayed in playlist builder screen3. added shortcut keys ctrl-o and ctrl-s to open settings window7. rendering now allowed in nkManager4. Played history window now has live mode to show recently played and […]

Version: 6.0.7 (3/17/21)

New Features1. modified playIntroFromCategory to have the ability to include artist or title, or both2. improved re-merging of traffic logs with already merged playlist formnatural log, marketron, and addmaster in broadcast version3. added importing of .m4a meta tags4. Update date time format on clock to adhere to regional setting5. added rotation override for hours to […]

Scroll to top