Live streaming is practically the only method at the moment to get your music out there, or what ever you do creatively which can be done by this way. Whether that being visually or via online radio streams etc. Its definitely worth familiarizing yourself with the different methods of doing it.
The method I personally use to live stream many of my shows for events brands i’m involved in, and more importantly helping to keep engagement at a peak with our fans, due to the current restrictions due to Covid 19. Might i also add, that in all fairness its been a life line not only for me and many countless others to be able to at least express their craft this way, and to engage with fans from the comfort of their own home. Its also been been vital to keep ones sanity.
From a visual prospective I have found that their are many options available dependent on your budget ,which will all give quality results. However, some are better than others and you’ll have to make the decision as to what type of investment you’ll look at out laying on your equipment.
The technique i have used in the past which won’t break the bank, is as follows;
I’ll start with your mobile phone and the connection that you’ll need to route your audio output from your mixer.
This method will also give you a good quality audio signal without background noises being picked up.
A handy little device I recommend is the (I Rig Two), which retails for about £45 – £50. Or you could go for the I Rig one. The difference between them is that the (I Rig one) doesn’t allow you to control the volume on the unit, like the i rig two does, and it doesn’t have the fx switch or Thru. But, in all fairness your streaming audio from your mixer source, and a straight audio signal should be all you need to achieve a broadcast . Another attraction about the (I rig 1), is, that it costs about the price of a four pack of beer. Good right! Here’s the full list of leads you’ll also need below to get started.
Presuming that you have a mixer set up with your decks, instrument, or controller set up already the list goes as follows.
1 x Mobile phone
1 x I Rig Two or I Rig One
1 x Phono to jack or mini jack, and a mini jack connecter if you’re using mini jack. ( choose length of the lead to give yourself adequate distance from you and your mobile phone.
1 x Mobile phone stand. (Optional)
To set this is all up is pretty straight forward in the following steps.
1) The I Rig 2 or the simpler I Rig one mini jack lead connected to the unit will need to be connected directly into your mini jack headphone input on your mobile phone.
You’ll notice that on this lead on the (I RIG unit) has 3 black rings on the metal connector insert, as opposed to two on a standard mini jack audio lead. The three rings on the (I Rig) connector communicates to the mobile device that it’s a direct input signal being omitted to the device, instead of an output signal.
2) Insert the the mini jack lead into your mobile phone.
3) using your separate Jack input lead. Insert the the jack end into the other end of the I Rig.
4) Insert the other end of the jack lead into ethier one of the Jack outputs on your Mixer (L 0r R) making it mono or if you have used a mini Jack to phono. Insert both phono leads into your mixer outputs.
5) You can use the record out,master out or booth output on your mixer to give you more control on the volume levels. Most mixers these days have the volume knobs for these output signals located on these knobs ( Booth, Master).
Before going live on facebook you might want to set up a test group on facebook and set it to private.. After you have done this add someone to give you feedback on audio levels from there facebook feed, prior to your performance. Once you’re happy with the sound quality, and the position of your mobile phone camera your broadcasting, you’re good to go.
There’s are also a range of apps which you can use to simulcast your performance to other platforms such as youtube, mixcloud, facebook, twitch at the same time. Plus, other handy assets to enhance your branding at the time of your performance. These include over laying your logos on your video stream, which I’ll write about in a future post.
Enjoy your streaming,