Rocket Broadcaster 1.1 Released

We're pleased to announce the release of Rocket Broadcaster 1.1! This update brings a number of new features, including support for VST plugins, support for High DPI / Retina displays, a master VU meter, auto-start on launch, and more!

PRO VST Plugin Support

Process your radio's sound with your favorite effects and DSP plugins. Rocket Broadcaster now supports 32-bit VST 2.x plugins, the leading standard for audio effects plugins, and has been tested extensively with Stereo Tool, a broadcast mastering processor used by over 1,000 FM radio stations. VST plugin support is available today for all Pro Edition users, and if you're a Free Edition user, you can still try out VST plugins for 10 minutes at a time to hear how good your broadcast could sound.

Looking for some good VST plugins to try out on your station? Check out our list of top VST plugins for radio broadcasters.

Process your radio station's audio with world-class DSP processors like Stereo Tool. (Click to enlarge.)
PRO Auto-Start Broadcast on Launch

Professional broadcasters running Rocket 24/7 or in Windows server environments can now automatically start broadcasting each time the program is launched. An option is available in the preferences to toggle this behaviour.

High DPI / Retina Display Support

For Windows users with high resolution displays and display scaling, Rocket Broadcaster now looks better than ever with improved visuals and High DPI support.

Rocket Broadcaster scales seamlessly and stays crisp on high DPI displays.
Master VU Meter

To help you visualize the effects of a VST plugin, Rocket Broadcaster now includes a master VU meter. For example, if you're using a compressor/limiter VST plugin with sufficient makeup gain, you should be able to see your master sound levels peaking near the top more often. You might also notice there's a small (~100ms) delay between the input and master stages in Rocket, and this is due to the input and output processing being fully decoupled and protected with extra buffering, to enhance streaming stability.

Other Tweaks
  • Increased the default buffer size to 2048 samples, which improves performance on older PCs.
  • Added extra buffering to "Other Application" audio capture, to improve stability when your system is under load.
  • Fixed a rare condition that impacted stability at launch for a small number of users.
Download the Update
  • Free Edition - Download the latest update here!
  • Pro Edition - If you're a Pro Edition user, click the download link in your registration email again to get the latest update.

Lastly, I'd like to thank everyone who has submitted ideas or comments about their experience through our feedback form, or sent in an error report. I read every single one of these carefully, and features like VST plugin support were a direct result of your feedback, so please keep it coming! (And the error reports help me track down hard-to-find bugs too.)

Version 1.0.9 Released

Can't connect to a stream? Yeah, we've been there. And there's so many potential causes that it's not usually clear what's wrong. We've got good news though - This release adds a couple new features to help broadcasters out when troubleshooting streaming issues. The new Stream Diagnostic Test aims to give you a better clue about what's wrong and some suggestions on how to fix the problem. You can run the diagnostic by clicking "Test Stream" in the "Streams" screen.

Here's a breakdown of what's new:
  1. Stream Diagnostic Test - In the Streams dialog, you can now test each stream, and Rocket Broadcaster will run a suite a tests to ensure your stream will work correctly. If there are any problems found, Rocket Broadcaster will tell you what they are and some hints on how to fix them, which should hopefully make stream troubleshooting easier.
  2. PRO Logging - For Pro Edition users, Rocket Broadcaster now logs information about each stream to a log file located in your My Documents/Rocket Broadcaster folder. This is particularly useful for seeing a history of how long each stream stayed connected for, and seeing if there were any disconnections. The logs are rotated every couple of megabytes to ensure they won't consume too much disk space.
  3. Some minor tweaks to the Radionomy broadcast wizard were made to further improve compatibility with some stations.

To download this new version, click the download link in the corner above. Pro Edition users should click the link in their registration email again.

Version 1.0.8 Released

Today's update introduces the new Broadcast Wizard, which simplifies stream setup for new users, and includes 60 minutes of free streaming in case you don't have a streaming provider yet.

Here's a breakdown of what's new:

  • New Features:
    • Added the Broadcast Wizard, which is shown on first run and is accessible at any time from the File menu.
    • Rocket Broadcaster now comes with 60 minutes of free streaming, so you can still broadcast right away even if you don't have stream hosting or are new to internet radio broadcasting.
  • Usability:
    • You can now right-click on streams in the main window to edit them or copy their streaming link.
    • The "Broadcast Now" button has been split into separate "Start Broadcast" and "Stop Broadcast" buttons.
    • Creating a new broadcast project automatically opens the Streams window.
    • The Streams window now remembers which stream you were viewing last.
    • Better feedback is provided if you try to start a broadcast with invalid stream settings.
  • Other:
    • The mount and username fields are disabled for SHOUTcast, since they aren't used for that protocol.
    • Improved artwork

To download this new version, click the download link in the corner above. Pro Edition users should click the link in their registration email again.

Version 1.0.7 Released

This update further improves compatibility with a range of soundcards, and should fix issues some users encountered with stuttering or distorted streams.

Here's what's new:

  • Comprehensive samplerate conversion support. The internal engine now processes at the playback samplerate for higher precision. You can now mix and match playback samplerate, recording samplerate, system audio samplerate, and stream samplerates.
  • "Other Application" volume is now linked to your Windows master volume, due to some technical restrictions.
  • Some minor user interface improvements - more to follow soon.
  • Fixed manual metadata updates when using automatic metadata capture.

To download this new version, click the download link in the corner above or for Pro Edition users, hit the link in your email again.

Barring any surprises, the next update should include some user interface improvements and possibly the addition of the Broadcast Wizard, to make getting started easier for new users. Stay tuned!

Version 1.0.5 Released

Thanks to everyone who's tried out Rocket Broadcaster and sent in their feedback. A number of issues were identified and a couple of small updates were released in the past few days to fix them. This new 1.0.5 releases includes all those bugfixes, plus a few more.

Here's what's new:

  • Improved Shoutcast compatibility (especially with Radionomy).
  • Improved UTF-8 handling for Icecast metadata.
  • Added more bitrates to the Pro Edition, going down to 32 kbps now.
  • By popular demand, the Free Edition is now fixed to 128 kbps instead of 192 kbps, for better compatibility with certain stream hosting providers.
  • Fixed a crash due to an incompatibility with the system audio capture format, and improved that format's compatibility to work on more PCs.
  • Fixed a confusing bug where audio would be choppy with the "Windows Default" playback device. Ditched support for the very old WMME API in favour of only WASAPI and WDMKS, which are better in every way anyways.

To download this new version, click the download link in the corner above or for Pro Edition users, hit the link in your email again.

Rocket Broadcaster Launched

Houston, we have liftoff! Rocket Broadcaster 1.0.0 for Windows 7 and greater is now available.