If the Airtime server has a web browser installed, you can access the administration interface by opening the address:
If you have set up Airtime so that it can be accessed from other computers, you would use a domain name instead. For example:
You can log in for the first time with the username admin and password admin.
After you have logged in, you should see the Master Panel, which is present at the top of every page of the Airtime interface. On the left hand side, the Master Panel displays the details of the Previous file played out, the current file playing (with an orange progress bar and time elapsed/time remaining), and the details of the Next file due to play. It also displays the name and scheduled time of the current show, with a blue progress bar.
Beneath this side of the Master Panel is the main navigation menu, with sub-menus labelled Now Playing, Add Audio, Playlist Builder, Calendar, Configure and Help. We'll be looking at the contents of these menus in the following chapters of this book.
On the right hand side, the Master Panel features an On Air indicator, which turns from gray to red whenever a file is being played out. There is also a clock indicating the Station time and time zone. Over on the far side, an About link opens a pop-up window with some information about Airtime. The name of the user currently logged in is displayed, and below this there is the link to Logout.
On the Configure menu, click Preferences to set your Station Name and the Default Fade time that you would like to set for automated crossfades. The Stream Label option allows you to set the metadata that will be sent with direct Icecast streams; Artist and Title, Show, Artist and Title, or Station name and Show name.
You can also enable live, read-only access to the Airtime schedule calendar for your station's public website with the Allow Remote Websites to Access Schedule Info? option, if you wish. (There is more about this feature in the Advanced Configuration section of this book). Then click the Submit button.
If your station has a SoundCloud account (on http://soundcloud.com), you may want to upload live show recordings to this service automatically. Click the small black triangle next to SoundCloud Settings to show this option. Apart from checking the Upload Recorded Shows To SoundCloud box, you will need to enter your SoundCloud login email address and password, and the metadata that SoundCloud will use to categorize your show recordings. You can also set a default genre, track type and copyright license here, including one of the Creative Commons licenses (see http://creativecommons.org/).
Please note that like most online distribution services, SoundCloud terms of service require you to have copyright in, or permission for Internet distribution from the copyright holder of, any media that you upload.
Checking the stream
If you have enabled the streaming option when you installed Airtime, you can check that the Icecast server is running by opening port 8000 of the server in your web browser. For example, on the server itself, you can use:
You should see the Icecast status page, with details of the connection that Airtime has made to Icecast. If you have only just installed Airtime, there won't be any media playing out yet.