What settings should I check to make sure I'm not getting a mis-matched bitrate message?
With the new release of Nanocaster 2.8, it is extremely important that you make sure that your tracks, playlists and live feeds matches up with your Live365 account setting. Also, when you are encoding or recording new tracks, you'll want to check the following:
- Bitrate: You will want to make sure that the bitrate on your station, tracks, playlists and live feed matches up. (i.e. 64kbps)
- Sample Rate: We do recommend that you record any files that you create with a sample rate that is a multiple of 11. Typically, your tracks will sound better, and are in better quality, when it is recorded or saved at the 44.1kHz level.
- Stereo/Mono: When you record your files, we do recommend that you record it at Stereo. You can down-convert it to Mono, if necessary. But, you typically run into a lot of issues if you try and convert a Mono file into Stereo.
- mp3 vs mp3PRO: It is important that you make sure your live feeds are encoded at the proper setting. If your station is setup for mp3PRO but you're streaming only an mp3 feed, this may cause some issues. If you're using Studio365 or Studio365-Loader, it should automatically convert the files to mp3PRO, if necessary. However, if you're using the Web Upload tool or an FTP client, you should make sure that you're encoding it at the proper format.
- CBR vs VBR: You will want to make sure that your tracks are encoded in the Constant Bitrate (CBR) format. If it is encoded in a Variable Bitrate (VBR) format, this can cause some issues when you try and use it in live mode or upload it to your account for basic mode.