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.
Recently I have been working on a show at a theatre that is basically a game installation. There is a game that has been developed that runs in the space. The audience generate data and at the end of the game it gets displayed on the screens. This part of the show uses OSC commands to communicate between various macs dotted around.
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.
How does a microphone work?
A microphone is a type of transducer. It converts sound pressure waves into electrical signals that can then be manipulated and amplified. Different technologies are used in different types of microphone to pickup the sound pressure wave. Some are better at picking up different frequencies compared to others and are therefore more suited to particular jobs.
Sound is vibration through a medium such as air or water. This vibration causes a mechanical pressure and displacement of particles, the frequency of which affects the pitch and the amplitude of which affects the volume. A good analogy for sound is dropping rocks into a pond. A big rock makes large ripples (waves) and travels further. The smaller rock makes smaller ripples (waves) and doesn’t travel as far. Sound travels at 330mps.