As I was saying...
I'm pleased to say that 'Virtual audio cable' has proved an excellent solution to the problem of not being able to mute Zara Radio- I now have the output from Zara fed into VAC and the output from VAC fed into Oddcast... and can use my other audio applications without intereference from what is being broadcast.
I tried the free version first, but it has 2 major disadvantages:
1) None of the help files in it work!
2) It is preset to add a female voice to the outgoing stream which says the world 'Trial' about every 5 seconds!
Also, the program is written by a gentleman whose first language is not English, so some of the text is a bit difficult to follow- But given that even I could install without the help files, it must be fairly straightforward!
It is also important to remember to UNINSTALL the TRIAL version BEFORE
installing the full paid-for program. (It's £12, by the way, you can also pay in Dollars or Euros etc etc)
I admit that the installation/uninstallation did get a bit laborious, because the program does not appear in the 'add or remove programs' list in control panel (well, it didn't here...) so it was necesary to find each individual file and delete it- I had to install and uninstall a couple of times, in fact, before the program would work properly.
Anyway!!! Once it WAS installed it worked fine-
The program handles up to 256 'cables' (i.e. inputs and outputs) but I've only set up one...
It seems simply to be a case of opening your streaming program (in my case, Oddcast 3) and selecting 'Live Recording', then choosing the 'Virtual cable' Input from the drop down menu:
(NB: I found I had to close Oddcast and reopen it before the Virtual Cable option would appear).
Then in the 'Options' menu in Zara Radio select 'Outputs' and do the same as above:
NB: Another thing I found was that this only seems to work if the 'virtual cable' option is selected in Oddcast FIRST, and THEN in Zara.
I'm not sure if this will be the same for everyone.
I also note that when I close Oddcast, it reverts to using the original soundcard when re-opened. (this may be because I am using the standalone version, however).
So... Hope that wasn't TOO tedious for everyone!
But on the other hand, maybe someone else can use this information in future.
I would like to know if anybody knows a way of displaying song titles using Zara Radio, as presently I don't have this facility.