New and existing customers often ask what technical requirements are needed in order to go live or to use an automation program in LiveDJ mode. Here, we will discuss operating systems, RAM, performance and Internet speed recommendations.
LiveDJ mode is when you configure your computer to initiate a streaming session to your Live365 station. This lets you host a live talk show or program your station using software running on your own computer.
Here are our technical recommendations:
- Your PC or Mac operating system and drivers should be up to date. Linux is a valid option as well, if you have an Icecast encoder solution for that operating system.
- We suggest that a Windows computer be running, at minimum, Windows 8.1 with all updates. Windows 10 is ideal.
- Mac users should be running, at minimum, 10.11 "El Capitan" macOS but the newer versions will help with performance and reliability.
- 8 GB of RAM is the minimum recommendation.
- Avoid using applications that require a lot of CPU processing. You should exit out of as many programs as possible before starting a LiveDJ session.
- Web browser tabs can use a significant amount of RAM and CPU resources.
- Programs such as graphic editors are known to cause interruptions to live streams.
- One approach is to try opening up other programs (if needed) to see if they negatively affect your live streaming.
- A wired Internet connection is required. This means having an Ethernet or coaxial cable connecting your computer to your Internet router or modem. Wi-fi is known to cause stream drops and glitches in a live session.
- Your upstream speed should be at minimum 1 Mbps (megabits per second), but higher than this is never a bad thing.
- Our platform is designed to work with Chrome, Firefox and Safari web browsers. Other web browsers will work, but you may experience some minor problems.
- Accurate metadata for each individual song is required.
These minimum recommendations should be enough to get you started. Let us know if you have questions about your setup.