Live stream your music and gain more followers on YouTube with these awesome audio setup tips!
The recent pandemic has made it extremely difficult for musicians to meet their fans and play their music. Fortunately, live music streaming on YouTube is substituting for cancelled concerts and gigs. But how do you duplicate the same sound and audio quality as in concerts or physical performances in a live broadcast?
Here are some tips from the awesome Owen Video and other streamers from the BeLiver Facebook Community on how to make your audio sound crisp and perfect for that ear-catching YouTube Live music session!
There are a couple of ways to get amazing audio for your YouTube Live music streaming. One option is to directly connect an external microphone to your computer.
When you’re live streaming using BeLive, you can use external microphones that can connect to and be recognized by Chrome or Safari. One such microphone is the ATR 2100, a handheld microphone commonly used for podcasting, stage-use, voiceovers, and live performances. Since it comes with a stand, you can just prop it up beside your computer and start to live stream music with amazing audio.
Also, because it has an XLR output, it can be plugged right into your computer without needing a third-party software to make it work. Plus, you can plug it into a mixer if you need to for your music as well.
If you have the budget, then it’s highly recommended to include a mixer into your audio setup. By using one, you can connect an external microphone and other devices to your computer through a USB adapter. Once connected, your computer will recognize it as an audio setup that you can connect to your browser. From there, you can configure your audio settings in BeLive and go live!
This is the best audio setup you can do for a flawless music streaming session on YouTube Live. However, it can cost you some extra dollars. The Alesis Multimix 4 USB, for example, will cost you about $99 on top of a $100 or so microphone. Nevertheless, the audio results of using a mixer will make your live broadcast sound amazing! Viewers will definitely be coming back for more!
If you’re planning to jam with a guest, it’s always best for him or her to join with a desktop + mixer setup. But, that’s not always the case.
Guests who plan on joining the live stream using a mobile phone who want crystal clear audio can still do so by using a compatible mobile microphone. Owen Video recommends Samson Go Mic Mobile which can be linked with an iOS phone. It hooks perfectly onto the back of an iPhone and it also has a receiver box with a wireless lavalier to clip to your lapel.
Even when you’re not doing a live music streaming performance, hearing feedback or echo during your broadcast can become annoying. Getting feedback during a live stream may even cost you your audience and, sometimes, even your guests.
To avoid audio feedback, awesome live streamer and BeLivers Community moderator Steven Healey suggests that everyone in the room wear headphones or earbuds. This is especially crucial if they’re monitoring the show or joining in as guests.
Now if you want to make your live stream look more amazing with cameras and lighting, that’s a different conversation we’ll be tackling very soon! For now, check out this helpful article on how to make your broadcast look more professional.
Get more audio setup tips to live stream music and other formats on YouTube and Facebook from Owen’s BeLive Weekly video below.
How do you set up your audio? Do you have your own tips and tricks to share with other live streaming musicians? Comment your thoughts below and help other musicians stand out on YouTube!
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Pam is part of BeLive’s marketing team as a content writer. Living in the Philippines, she loves the comfort of home but jumps at the chance to travel anywhere new! This means exploring new places (particularly restaurants) makes her happy! She’s eager to try cuisine from around the world, but a lot of times her palate prefers Filipino food made with love. Overall, she lives in awe of everything new and tries to live life in the most exciting way she can.