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Streaming with a good sound

2020-07-07

Theme:PA, Tips & Useful Info

Now that we're spending more time at home, live streaming is getting more attention. It's fun to watch, but more and more people are getting invoilved in chatting and playing music themselves. In addition, there may be many people who are thinking about using the online streaming for live events, lessons and so on. So, I looked into how to control live streaming easily even for beginners at low cost!

■ The easiest way

Live streaming is possible as long as you have a smartphone or a computer with a camera and an internet connection. Sounds and images are picked up by the smartphone camera and microphone, and streamed on the Internet via a streaming application. For example, in the case of YouTube, a live streaming function is available via streaming software. There are many other live streaming apps.

Youtube Live https://www.youtube.com/live/
Pococha https://www.pococha.com/
Ichinana https://17media.jp/

■ How to improve sound quality

There is a limit to the sound quality and image quality you can get with only a smartphone. I have recorded the sound of a piano with a smartphone, but sometimes the sound cracked, or was flat, and at times the sound and the image timing was off. In order to deliver high-quality sound, it is important to have other equipment such as a computer and microphone. If it's convenient, you can connect a USB microphone directly to your computer and use it.

CLASSIC PRO / CDM80U

This is a microphone that is useful for both live broadcasting as well as for video calls.

It can be used simply by connecting it to a computer via a USB cable. Being a condenser microphone, it picks up detailed sounds.

SAMSON / GO MIC Titanium Black

This is also a USB microphone. Ultra-compact with a length of only 7 cm, it clips directly to a computer. It's attractive, and you can buy it for less than 5000 yen.

■ Samson Go Mic Quickstart Tutorial for PC and Mac

Samson Go Mic Quickstart Tutorial for PC and Mac This video is easy to understand Really, you just connect it to your computer! You can also monitor the sound by connecting headphones.

■ Using various microphones

Those who are particular about sound may want to use a variety of microphones other than a USB type. In such cases, it’s common to combine a computer and equipment with an audio interface function with a microphone input. If the model can supply phantom power, you can connect a condenser microphone in addition to a dynamic microphone.
*Please note that USB microphones and camera/computer microphones that use plug-in power cannot normally be used with an audio interface.

Soundcraft / Notepad-5

Depending on the specs of the software to be combined, only one channel of sound may be input even if the audio interface has multiple input terminals. For example, with a Notepad-5, the sound of channel 1 and channel 3/4 are input into the software in ZOOM meeting, but only the sound of channel 1 is sent to Skype.
*If you want to send multiple voices, you may need other equipment.

Microphone
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Mixer (with audio interface function)
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computer
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This is an image of the connections.

Summary

  • You can do live streaming with a smartphone or a computer if it has a microphone and camera
  • USB microphones are convenient for getting a good sound
  • When using a dynamic microphone or condenser microphone, use equipment with an audio interface function that has a microphone input.

Above I introduced a method of streaming with a little better sound. I hope this article helps you.

Kudo Aoi

幼少からクラシックピアノとエレクトーンを習い、大学では軽音楽部でシンセ・キーボードを弾いていました。サウンドハウスでは電子ピアノ担当として日々勉強中です。

CLASSIC PRO / CDM80U desktop USB microphone

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