Be an Internet DJ in 5 Easy Steps

Tutorial on how to turn any PC into a DJ booth to broadcast your favorite music from home, at a party, or anywhere else to the world.

For those budding Internet DJs out there heres a quick how-to-guide on how to turn a PC into a DJ booth you can control from home, at a party, or whever else you choose.

The easy to follow steps below will guide you through the process and will get the globe groovin to your MP3 collection in no time at all.

Download WINAMP Music Player

Download the SHOUTcast DSP Plug-In

In order to broadcast to a running SHOUTcast server, you need this plug-in to add this capability to the WINAMP media software.

Download SHOUTCAST Server 1.9.5

This is the server program you need to run on your computer and which WINAMP, using the DSP plug-in, will connect to in order to broadcast your content.

Configuration – Okay, heres the fun part.

First, open WINAMP and select “preferences.”

Under preferences scroll down to DSP/Effect and double-click it.

The SHOUTcast Source box should open up in a new window.

Second, to make it easier, run the server for the DSP plug-in at this time so you wont forget to do it later and wonder why you can’t connect, get really frustrated, start kicking your PC and saying awful things about it’s mother, and, oh wait, that was me. Sorry.

Anyways, so yes, start the server first. You should be able to find it here:

Thirdly, click the INPUT tab and make sure WINAMP is selected for the input device, or if you will be using the MIC to really get in the drivers seat select “Soundcard Input.”

Fourthly, select the ENCODER tab and choose your settings. Depending on how many people you intend on reaching with your broadcast, think bandwith vs quality of transmission, choose the settings accordingly.

Port forwarding.

First of all make sure you forward your port settings if using a router. WINAMP reccomends to forward both ports 8000 and 8001, it’s unclear why specifically, but I heeded the advice nonetheless. Then click the YELLOW PAGES button and select a name for your station. Click CONNECTION when done choosing a name.

And well, finally, you’re ready to press that magic CONNECT button to send your grooves out into the far reaches of the internet to family, friends, and anybody else brave enough to listen.

(NOTE: Picture says DISCONNECT but only beacuse program was active, will say CONNECT in yours)

Enjoy. Now go forth and spin.


Jared Moya

I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates.


hay nice guide but it only cover shoutcast .. why use a unicast stream when there is peer 2 peer technology that does a far better job to that end i also made a guide how to set up your own internet radio station useing streamerp2p theres even a video to show you how you should also check out for more information on how the software works and to see the list of stations that broadcast with streamerp2p


the two shoutcast page links no longer work

Boomer The Dog
Boomer The Dog

No, the sound doesn't need to be loud, your friend is probably just jamming because he's pumped up from being on the air. You could have it quiet in the room and use headphones just as well, but he's probably re-creating the club experience and might even have strobes and black lights in his room too! Port 8000 is where the stream goes out from your Shoutcast server to the Shoutcast site and the world, port 8001 is your relay port if you want to have another Shoutcast user connect to your computer for you to relay their show. They would connect to your computer at 8001 and give the password, and then their sound would go from your computer to theirs and out to their listeners. Random people don't just connect to 8001, it's for a DJ in another location who wants to have their friends to come on to their station. Boomer


I'm not an internet dj and don't aspire to be one, but I have a question about how this works. My neighbour is an internet dj and for two hours every week plays his music loud enough that it vibrates the walls. Can you answer this question: Does the music have to be played out loud in the room it's being played from in order to be online?


Do you know of a site where I can down load several days of music as it wouold be played in a night club. An auto D.J. for a night club. Thanks,