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Behringer UCA202 for streaming inputs and Linux servers

Post by radiowave911 » Tue May 13, 2014 3:44 pm

I am setting up a new streaming encoder/server for our station. We are currently running a product called Broaswave that is on an XP box. I discovered that tehy do not let you move it to another system, you have to purchase it again. I am setting up a trio of Linux boxes to handle the two streams.

One box is the server, running Ubuntu Server x64 12.04. This runs icecast2 and acts as the actual server the clients connect to.

The other two boxes are running kubuntu 12.04 desktop and are the stream encoders using darkice - these feed the streams to the icecast2 box (a main and an alternate stream -useful when we need to do two games at once)

Our streaming is primarily for sports broadcasts (we do a lot of high school sports) and Sunday worship services. I really did not need a high-end audio card. The PCs I am using are small form factor, so a full size audio card is out of the question. The built-in audio lacks line-in capabilities - at least I cannot find a stereo line input setting anywhere.

A search of the internet turned up the subject devices. These are really targeting the consumer market, but just work for me. They have stereo line inputs and outputs, presented as RCA connectors. There is a headphone jack that you can use to monitor the input, and an optical digital output. All for $30 on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-UCA202- ... ger+uca202).

Works great. Now to get the auto start scripts written and tested and the check script that will be run via cron to make sure the encoders and server stay running (and restart when necessary) and I can put this into service - and get them off my desk.
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Re: Behringer UCA202 for streaming inputs and Linux servers

Post by Shane » Tue May 13, 2014 9:41 pm

I have recently begun using these on remotes due in part to only having mic level inputs on resident sound adapters. They work really well.

I'm interested in how you do streaming for church services. Now using a 8khz audio line from the local telco and it's about legacied itself out (i.e.: too many failures, etc.).
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Re: Behringer UCA202 for streaming inputs and Linux servers

Post by radiowave911 » Sun May 18, 2014 9:03 am

The church services come to us in various formats (CD, cassette, and one live on a RPU). All we do for streaming is send a program output to an encoder, which then sends to the stream server.

When we moved to the new school in 2007, we installed an Axia Livewire system. I have 2 of the Analog node outputs dedicated to streaming, and created a control panel in the Axia software to switch what is fed to each of those outputs (Main Program, Main Audition, Production Program, Production Audition, or Nothing). Currently, the streaming is handled by a single Windows XP system running the Broadwave streaming software (encoder/server in one). I want to eliminate that, and introduce a bit of flexibility.

Moving to the Icecast platform lets me do that, plus adds the possibility of being able to send a stream TO the station from the field by using a small PC to encode in the field and send to the stream server, and using the PC in our main studio to listen to that stream to bring it up on-air. That will be worked on AFTER I get the Icecast system fully on-line.
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