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Archive for the ‘BASS’ Category

SmackFu: Shoutcast Metadata Protocol

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/05/04

The SmackFu: Shoutcast Metadata Protocol page describes how the Icecast and Shoutcast meta-data (like song title) are being sent inside their streams.


  • The above only explains the song meta data (artist-title); you cannot update the Stream Title without performing a reconnect, as they are in the stream meta data; this post explains why.
  • The stream headers are explained here, but they don’t contain the song title!
  • Icecast uses the dash “-” as separator between artist and title of the song, so if an Artist contains a dash, you are out of luck, as this thread shows.


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Some notes on BASS (re)encoding and tagging audio files

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/04/27

When (re)encoding files through BASS:

  1. always make sure you either have RAW PCM format source; decode back from anything else back to RAW PCM if you have compressed sources; this BassEncoder.EncodeFile thread explains why.
  2. not all of the BASS encoder classes support tagging with artist/title; use external tools for that; this message explains which encoders (partially) support tagging.
  3. often it is not possible to find the encoder that both encodes the audio in the quality level you want, and supports the tagging you want, so you definitely need to look at the above mentioned tagging tools.
  4. if you want to play lots of files in random succession, it is wise to calculate ReplayGain and apply it: it makes your files sound equally loud: note this is not wise if you want to play full albums, but is wise for playing random tracks. This ReplayGain thread can provide you with a start.
    You can do gain correction with BASS, or opt for external gain tools on


PS: more on Audio correctionň

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