With most of the world locked up at home due to the Covid-19 outbreak, more and more people are looking to live stream on all the popular social networks. But, not everyone is a seasoned techie when it comes to sound and video. We have compiled 10 tips to get you started and easily improve your live streams from home! Whether that is a live gig for your followers, a book club for your friends, or a work conference call, these tips will help you improve your setup for you and your viewers.
QLab – 02 – Preparing a Mac
A Mac, like every other computer, has things going on in the background. Even when you are scrolling through facebook, the Mac OS will be busy in the background checking for updates, syncing to iCloud etc. If you are using your Mac to play back audio cues that need to be played back flawlessly on time, you don’t want your Mac to be thinking about doing something else. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to minimise this happening.
QLab – 01 – Introduction
What is QLab?
Qlab is an application that runs on Apple Macs. It is a playback engine designed for the entertainment industry. This series will go through Qlab being used in a theatrical settings, but it can just as easily be used in other live event and broadcast situations. QLab is designed to be highly customisable and programable, enabling you to run complex shows from a simple push of a ‘go’ button. This tutorial series will be using QLab 4.
Midi Time Code (MTC), Qlab, ETC Ion
So, the aim of this little project is to run Midi Time Code on a Qlab machine, in time with a music track, and have cues fire on the lighting desk at set points in the music track. Read More
The Ins and Out of Audio Signal Paths
One of the most important things to understand if you are operating any kind of sound desk whether in a live or studio environment is the Audio Signal Path.
It took me a good while to see the significance of understanding the signal path on the sound desk I was using. I thought that, because there was a button for everything, I could just wing it. I could always find what I wanted and away I went. Until it goes wrong, and you can’t understand why you’re not getting the results you want from the desk.
Fault finding is a brilliant skill to have. The best at it are those who take a step back and think outside the box – so as not to waste time on something that is less likely to have a fault. Oh and btw, it’s always the jack lead. (that the guitarist has bought with him) Read More
X32: Safely Powering Off your console
At the end of the day, all digital consoles are just computers with some fancy faders and knobs on them – more often than not laid out in a useful order. And as with any computer, they don’t like being shut down abruptly. If the device is writing to it’s memory or any other a number of other tasks it could get corrupted. You don’t want this happening to your new shiny mixing console do you?! Read More