To make sure that your station sounds as professional as possible, it’s a good idea not to switch to your live broadcast in the middle of a song. This article offers two different approaches to timing your LiveDJ transitions.
Because of the nature of internet radio, when you are broadcasting, there will always be a slight delay from your live stream to what your listeners hear. This delay can vary anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds. This delay can make mastering the transitions from CloudDJ (AutoDJ or scheduled programming) to your LiveDJ difficult, until you learn the methods described below.
First, make sure you are editing the station where you want to make these changes. Highlight and click the station name to select it. If you are unfamiliar how to navigate this part of Live365, please see this help article which describes dashboard navigation.
Once you have selected the appropriate station, you will be taken to that Station's Menu page. From this page, you will be able to navigate and make changes and adjustments to your station.
Method #1: Tracking Playout through the Progress Bar (visual cue).
On your station overview, you will find a progress bar for the song that is currently playing. If you watch closely, you will notice that the progress bar is always slightly ahead of what you actually hear airing on your station.
In order to time your LiveDJ transitions appropriately, you should start your live broadcast as soon as the orange progress bar for the current song:
(1) Reaches the end of the grey area
(2) This will help to ensure that you don’t start your LiveDJ session halfway through the previous track.
Method #2: Tracking Playout through a trigger Event (audio cue).
If you know the exact time that you want to broadcast live, you can prerecord a custom 2 minute long audio track that introduces your live broadcast, and is followed by some instrumental music that slowly fades out over the length of the track.
Insert that track into its own Playlist, then schedule a 2 minute long Event for when you want your live broadcast to begin.
Using this method, you can transition to LiveDJ as soon as you hear the music begin during your trigger Event. LiveDJ will override your scheduled trigger Event.
This method is especially helpful if you have a difficult time tracking the progress bar visually.