No argument with that ST, a great performance of a great song will always shine through. But few people can constantly deliver such and no one can all the time.
When recording audio, for public consumption or just for your own and friend amusement treating the space you record in is an absolute no brainer. It needn't cost much (my 'studio' acoustic treatment cost significantly less than an S1 Pro).
Video presents an additional problem in that any acoustic treatment must either be off camera or look good in shot but I think it is still well worth experimenting.
Feb 12, 2020
Thanks Sam, we have been looking at doing the same thing. We thought about a open jam to boost spirits if nothing else. Any info would be great as these are difficult times for all. Be safe and play on.
Sep 13, 2018
One of our favorite Open Mics in Annapolis started doing a Virtual Open Mic on Facebook this week. What they did was create a public group page that everyone who wants to play joins. This gives them the ability to Go Live to the page for everyone watching to see, which worked out better than the initial idea of skipping around to each band's FB page. So, they made a schedule of performers (15 min each) and the host went Live first to open things up, then introduced the next group. The next group then went live on the group page and everyone watched their performance. Then they introduced the next performer, who then went Live. Rinse, Repeat. Worked out pretty good and since each performer went live themselves on the Group Page, they added verbiage to their Go Live post like their band website, Venmo and Paypal links, so anyone who wanted to donate could do so, as many of these folks support themselves in part or in full through their music, etc.
There was a variety of ways that people got sound into FB Live; some were just a solo or duet group with a guitar and a laptop webcam/mic, others were a full band with PA. Some of the bands used a phone or webcam (which we've done on occasion and works relatively well), while others plugged their mixer output into the laptop/PC and used that for FB audio with either a webcam or separate video camera. We're going to participate in the open mic on Monday and will probably just use our phone again to stream us playing through our PA (L1 compacts with analog mixer), but I may experiment with running our mixer's USB output into my webcam-enabled netbook and see how that does.
Mic plug: our Pastors and some of the Band have been livestreaming short webisodes from our church during the week and Wednesdays are a musical webisode. I have to say I'm pretty impressed with the Blue Yeti USB Mic that the Pastor got for his Macbook (running Wirecast to YouTube and FB). It's a multi-pattern mic that we set for stereo mode and put it between a guy singing with an acoustic and a girl singing with piano and it did pretty darn well. Even in the big empty 350 seat Sanctuary it didn't pick up a lot of room noise, but what it did pick up lent some light reverb to the mix which actually worked well. It'd be a mic worth checking out if you want something simple to use to stream a solo or duo act.
Nov 22, 2008
I found this after posting in the "What are you doing with the spare time".
I tried Facebook Live with the laptop camera and microphone; I was paying my usual busking rig: mic, guitar, VoiceLive 3 and Bose S1. The sound was horrible! I did the show and deleted the video...
The video image was also very poor but that's not very important.
I tried a second time this Wednesday. Here is the set-up:
I hope this can be of some help.
Keep on strumming
May 18, 2017
I used an S1 in this video from the other night. The S1 is about 10 feet from my iPhone- the sound came out very good ... not as good as a direct line in, but very acceptable
Aug 1, 2010
I played around last weekend with all kinds of different setups. My wife and I were toying with the idea of an online concert.
I started with my T8S USB into my webcasting laptop (which has one of those "all-in-one" TRRS jacks for audio input/output, and I didn't have a proper cable/jack combo handy.) It has an acceptable internal webcam (not great, but then I have a face for radio ... my wife, however, deserves better video quality.) We stood about 6 - 7 feet back from the laptop to frame the picture correctly.
I have 6 inputs: Two Shure Beta 58a's in 1 & 2; Squier Telecaster in 5; Taylor 424ce in 6; and stereo backing tracks into 7 & 8 (I normally run the tracks into USB, but couldn't since the T8S's USB out was being used for the webcasting system.) We monitored with an L1 Compact connected to the T8S headphone jack -- very handy for independent volume control!
I struggled getting acceptable volume and mix into the laptop. The mixes in my test broadcasts were never quite what I thought i was hearing from the Compact. Also, since I didn't have a long USB cable handy, I found myself frequently walking back and forth from mic to music laptop to mixer to webcasting laptop to start/stop recordings and to change settings, and getting tired of it.
I also tried a T1, and I perceived that it pumped more volume into the USB (not sure if that was really true, but I was running out of time to research all the options before going live.) I then hit upon an idea -- connect the webcasting system to the T1 via USB, then connect the T8S L/R main outs via TRS cables to the T1 channels 4/5, set the trim and master volume on the T1 ... what a difference!
While it looked like a Rube Goldberg setup, it fit what we were doing: I had the T8S and music laptop next to me to choose tracks, adjust levels, mute channels & FX, and adjust the monitoring level; the T1 was next to the webcasting laptop and was pretty much left alone. Reverb settings on the mics from the T8S were passed through the T1 to the webcast. Although we lost stereo by going through the T1, the majority of our audience (mostly seniors) doesn't use earbuds anyway and wouldn't notice the difference.
The live webcast far exceeded our expectations in terms of sound quality as well as audience numbers. As often happens, when we played it back later, we found out how out of practice we were! The overall volume, while acceptable, was lower than other similar webcasts. We did find later while the T1 trim was properly gain-staged, we could have pushed the channel and master volumes much more.
I'm going to get a long USB cable and test the T8S alone again the next couple of days. Overall, we're very pleased with results!