Here's a dumb idea: Radio stream-hosting VST

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Here's a dumb idea: Radio stream-hosting VST

Post by ¼ dead » Wed May 31, 2017 5:38 am

This would be useless for most practical purposes, and I can't find it, so it probably doesn't exist, but I was wondering if there might be some kind of VST that lets a user load and play broadcast stream .m3u's, either from radio stations or police scanners. The idea being that this allows one to use live(ish) broadcast streams as sound sources natively inside of a DAW (yes, I mean FL Studio), instead of routing a signal into the DAW externally. I have a lot of latency issues trying to process real time incoming audio with different programs, and something tells me that a VST that handles a streaming audio source natively as an "instrument" would cause less audio latency and jitter.

If it doesn't exist, is anyone willing to attempt to create such a thing? Otherwise, feel free to clue me in on all the practical reasons why this concept is totally naive and unworkable. I already know this can only work with an Internet connection. I'm not worried about that, since I just want to use it at home for fun/experimentation purposes. I'm not even too concerned about how to render the audio as an external .wav file without first recording a segment of the stream from within a DAW, though the thought of being able to render it "live" to a preset track length does sound interesting in terms of chance: You'd get a different track every time you render the project, since it's recording a random source as it comes into the DAW "live" via the Internet! I doubt that's doable, but it still sounds neat.

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Re: Here's a dumb idea: Radio stream-hosting VST

Post by Misomusist » Wed May 31, 2017 7:43 am

I can internally set my sound card output to be the recording sourceto another program, so I've played with that quite a bit, the trouble being the quality is god-awful, I think maybe running out and back in via hardware might be better, probably depends on machine, software, and sound hardware. :mrgreen:
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Re: Here's a dumb idea: Radio stream-hosting VST

Post by rasmussen » Wed May 31, 2017 8:04 am

Try getting asio4all if you are having soundcard issues, you can play with buffers.

Also look into Jack / Jack DMP it'll let you route audio from one program to another. Works on mac linux great but I use windows and it can be a bitch to set up but it can work, I got it working a few months ago.

Also they make reasonably cheap soundcards that are good, I picked up one of these
https://us.focusrite.com/products be sure to get the one with midi io if your into that.

I had a motu which was great but it was firewire and I upgraded a few years back and couldn't use it.

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Re: Here's a dumb idea: Radio stream-hosting VST

Post by ¼ dead » Wed May 31, 2017 12:28 pm

I am honestly just hoping to remain terminally cheap by not having to buy any external interfaces or new soundcards. My desktop's a relatively ancient public school computer that was rescued from becoming a pile of smoldering e-waste, and it's just not up to snuff for semi-real-time DSP without getting horribly constipated.

I will at least look at Jack DMP, though. Thanks.

PS: I barely know what I'm talking about, so keep that in mind.

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