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SAM Cast Setup & Broadcast Online Radio

SAM Cast setup for your online radio station | Install everything you need to get started with Spacial's SAM Cast encoder software.

James Mulvany

by James Mulvany in Production

Last updated 04.08.2023

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Sometimes broadcasting software can be a bit of a head scratcher with all their bells and whistles, but what if you just want something simple? This is where a SAM Cast setup can really come in handy.

The little sister of the widely popular SAM Broadcaster, SAM Cast is a stripped down version that lets you connect to your station, manipulate audio, and provides a simple setup experience.

Dive into what makes SAM Cast stand out, what you can actually do with it, and how to use it to stream live to your online radio station.

What is SAM Cast?

SAM Cast is a live streaming program for talk and music broadcasts developed by Spacial. Compatible with Windows 8/10, it's designed with simplicity in mind as you can add Digital Signal Processing (DSP) plugins to use with your chosen media player like Winamp and iTunes. The free trial version of SAM Cast offers live audio from your microphone, but you need to purchase the full version to stream pre-recorded audio and music from your media player - You can find out more here.

SAM Cast Features

SAM Cast is essentially a stripped down version of SAM Broadcaster; it has an encoder that pushes your audio from either your microphone or media player, with a little wiggle room to manipulate the output.

Free Trial vs Paid

Who doesn't love a freebie? The free trial gives you a taster at what you can do with SAM Cast, like broadcasting live sounds from your microphone. The trial version seemingly doesn't end, so you can use it for as long as you like granted you just want to do live talk shows.

The full paid version however offers a few more features like DSP plugin support - You can connect SAM Cast to your media player like iTunes or Winamp for music and pre-recorded audio.

Sound Processing

You can manipulate your out going audio by using SAM Cast's built in sound processor.

SAM Cast Sound Processing

Features include a stereo expander, equalizer, 5-band processor, clipper, and gate AGC. You can adjust the levels to get them just right, then save it as a preset for future broadcasts.

Online Radio Encoder

Much like SAM Broadcaster, you can add encoders to stream audio from your computer's sound card, through SAM Cast, and out to your online radio station.

SAM Cast Live Encoder

When setup just open up SAM Cast and hit a button to start broadcasting online to your listeners.

SAM Cast Setup: Connect to Your Online Radio Station

How to connect SAM Cast to your online radio station (like and broadcast live to your audience.

What You Need

Download SAM Cast - The free trial lets you broadcast from your microphone for a limitless amount of time, but offers limited features, however, you can get the full paid version.

Initial Setup

  1. Install and launch SAM Cast.
  2. Select Encoders.
  3. Click the + button and choose MP3 (LAME_ENC).
  4. Choose 128kbps for Bitrate, then click the Server Details tab.

Enter Your Station's Details

Your station's details are unique and can be found under the Live tab in your Dashboard.

  • Server Type: ShoutCast v1
  • Server IP: Your host URL (e.g.
  • Server Port: The 4 digit port number (e.g. 1000)
  • Password: e.g. 11a1aa1a1a1a
SAM Cast Configuration

Broadcast Live

Before you can broadcast live, you must schedule a live event within your station's calendar by following this guide.

Select the encoder you just added and click the play button, SAM Cast will then connect to your online radio station. Start broadcasting your audio by clicking the Start button to stream your audio live.

Check you're broadcasting in your Dashboard. The No DJ Connected status should have changed to DJ On Air.

SAM Cast Broadcast Live

Listen to your stream either from your dashboard or listen links to make sure the signal is being sent - Check out this guide on how to use listen links here.

That's it! You're now up and broadcasting using SAM Cast. If you have any trouble connecting or need someone to walk you through getting SAM Cast setup, then get in touch with support.

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