Radio is often ruined by presenters talking nonsense, phone-ins, commercials, poor audio processing and too much music repetition. CruiseOne was setup to change this norm.
Music variety is paramount. Expect the unexpected.
Simple. No adverts. We are not in this to make money.
Dedicated hardware means excellent network reliability.
We want to sound our best. Audio quality is vital.
Music & Bands
THE CRUISE NETWORK
CruiseOne is part of the CruiseNetwork which dates back to 1992. It all started as an FM station on 101.2 broadcasting across the Wirral in the UK. Classic FM launched that year (those old enough will remember the bird song playing on the FM band for months across the entire UK) which meant that we had to change frequency to 100.5. Broadcasting Wednesday and Sunday evening as well as whenever we felt like it during some evenings when there was nothing going on, it became a well known station.
In 1994 other commitments saw FM transmissions become less regular with occasional high power tests from 'favourable' locations. The biggest of these was a 1kW test from Hope Mountain in North Wales. This successfully covered the entire North-West of England and down to the Midlands. Fun times!
CruiseOne was a name chosen back in 1998 when it became clear that the future of radio would not be FM only. The first internet broadcast was actually in 1999 streaming a 32kbps RealMedia stream. Bandwidth just wasn't available then.
These days we stream a continuous c.400kbps and could do that 50 times over on our current leased line. It's amazing how things have changed. Before beginning a full-time station, we spend months investigating the best options to get the best audio quality on an internet stream. We tested 4 broadcast processors as well as software alternatives. There is more information on our streams and audio setup here.
Finally in September 2008 we began a full time 128kbps stream using Shoutcast. Since then we have focused our sound to create a 'CruiseOne' sound while remaining as diverse and openminded as possible. We currently have about 11,000 songs in the playlist and a strict head of music ensuring the sound stays fresh and new. We hope you like what you hear.
Thanks to Will, Kate, Paul, Rachel, Alex and all those involved since 1992.
ABOUT OUR SETUP
Tech & Equipment
As mentioned in our promise, reliability is key in running an internet radio station. Equipment needs to be well made, software well tested, networks solid and capacity has to be available. No-one wants to listen to a station that buffers every other minute.
We currently connect to the net via a dedicated 1gbps link. This allows us to support in excess of 1000 listeners at 256kbps. We have tested at maximum capacity without any network buffering issues.
256kbps MP3 Stream
We encode our MP3 stream using the LAME codec. The version we choose to use is 3.93 which, after comparing directly to the newest version of LAME sounds a lot better. You can download it here. As an MP3 stream, it is compatible with pretty much every player and system. You will need a connection of about 300kbps to stream this reliably.
96kbps AAC+ StreamContact Us with any Questions
To facilitate the increased use of mobile devices, the 96kbps stream keeps data costs down but audio quality is still high. You will need a 3G or 4G network to listen.