Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to demo the Quantum with good friend and excellent engineer, Brian Lloyd of TinyDoor Studio’s in Cincinnati. One of Brian’s many venue’s is Cincinnati’s beautiful looking, sounding and newly renovated Memorial Hall.
A quiet Sunday afternoon offered a nice opportunity for me to record a few of my own ideas as well as a chance for Brian to A/B some microphones. Showing up with a nylon string guitar, floor tom and my 10-string Puerto Rican Cuatro we got to work. Brian had a handful of mics including the Josephson C42, Townsend Labs L22, Sennheiser MKH40 and Royer 121.
Big thanks to Nathan Lively of Sound Design Live for the opportunity to share my career, gear and knob turning advice. I address a few of my monitor mixing tips, learning to say no in order to do more of the work you WANT to do, wireless coordination and IEM tips as well as a little history on my career path. Plus some cowbell smacking music interludes on the podcast! Enjoy! Interested in my additional live sound tips and tricks?
Do you have a “sound nerd” in your life and need to find a few perfect nerdy gifts? I’m here to help with this live sound gift guide!
All of these recommendations I’ve personally used with great success. In fact, many of these items remain on my own Amazon wish list! I can’t tell you how often I needed a sharpie and some board tape! My post “What’s in my Live Sound Bag” also has some additional ideas, too!
I’ve linked to Amazon to make it easy! (let me know if you ordered from this list and I’ll mail you a free sticker of your choice!)
One-on-one workshop with me!
I started Sound Nerds Unite as resource of live sound tips and techniques I’ve gathered over my career. Teaching and mentoring via group and one-on-one workshops is one of my passions! Maybe your Sound Nerd would benefit!
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A proper case!
The Pelican 1510. Small yet roomy enough for all of these goodies. Plus it has wheels and perfect for that extra step needed to get on that drum riser. Opt for the lid organizer to keep your kit tight!
I can’t tell you how many items I’ve lost along the way. Give yourself a better chance! Try the P-Touch labeler.
I always have a handful of good ole’ [amazon_textlink asin=’B008MVYL7C’ text=’3M “foamies”‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6b9ac5bc-1f1c-11e7-87a5-fbff6679f512′] for myself and friends, yet this set stays with you at all times and sounds quite a bit better!
If you spend any time with your sound nerd, the discussion on microphones can run deep! I’ll keep it simple here and recommend a few workhorses: Shure SM58 and for easy home recording, the Rode NT-USB.
Essential. Although once loaned to another, human, the Sharpie will magically disappear. Save money and buy your Sharpies in the 12-count boxes. Using the “twin tip” is pretty helpful, too.
Taking the plunge to free yourself of wires and enjoy the freedom of wireless microphones is quite tempting. Although if you’re not careful, the wireless path can bring about challenges not seen before.
The wireless landscape for our entertainment world has some twists and turns. The “chunk” of bandwidth allotted for wireless microphones and wireless in-ear systems shrinks every year. Tip: Be sure to double check the range of the unit. Stay within the 470Mhz – 614Mhz. Avoid anything in the 700 Mhz range.
Although I’ve written more complex articles tacking the wireless beast, this short article aims to recommend some quick wireless microphone best practices and affordable recommendations for the wedding DJ, singer or simple corporate gig.
Static and Drop Outs!
The two most common complaints I hear when helping troubleshoot budget friendly wireless is “static” and “drop outs“.Both problems are closely related to poor reception from transmitter to receiver and channel selection.
How to make it better!
Line Of Sight – keep the receiver off the ground and high enough to “see” over people.
Antenna Orientation – Orient the antennas in a 45 degree “V” shape.
Fresh Batteries — wireless transmission needs proper power — low batteries are no help. I recommend quality alkaline batteries like [amazon_textlink asin=’B00GTYF1ZU’ text=’Duracell ProCell ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’70c63ca6-d96a-11e7-b8d1-7d81815708a8′] or [amazon_textlink asin=’B00006LHDI’ text=’Energizer Industrial’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’75cf2ce4-d967-11e7-8d57-b7a497af35db’].
Scan – If available, use the scan function every time you set up and use your microphone.
(Tip: Be Sure to check out Amazon’s used options to save some $$!)
Streaming High-Quality Live Audio Over The Web & Remote Mixing!
In the June 2017 issue of Live Sound International/ProSoundWeb, I wrote a brief article reviewing an exciting tool to send high quality audio over the internet within the Chrome browser — CleanFeed. I promised in the article to go into a bit more detail on my own workflow and uses for Cleanfeed.
This post aims to share my workflow for using Cleanfeed to teach, troubleshoot and take control of a console and “mix” the show — remotely. I’ll be adding more content daily, so stay close.
What is Cleanfeed?
Cleanfeed is low-latency, 2-way audio streaming software that, supported by the “cloud,” runs seamlessly on the Google Chrome browser with Windows, Mac, Android and Linux platforms. (No iOS support yet.) Simply launch Google Chrome, go to Cleanfeed.net, create an account, and off you go – send, receive and record superior live audio using only a browser.
Here are some screen shots of a fun test using Cleanfeed, TeamViewer and X-Edit to remotely listen to and control a friends X32 console.
I was in my New Orleans hotel room, my friend and fellow sound nerd, Mike Ingram, was at his studio in Cincinnati. He initiated a Cleanfeed session and sent me an invite. I joined the session and could hear the output of his X32 Producer which was connected to his audio interface and Macbook, respectively. Mike then sent along a Teamviewer invite so I could remotely control his Macbook and in turn, control his console.
The same can be done with other consoles that have companion software. As mentioned in the article, also having a stereo mic setup can give you a gentle representation of the room/environment.
My Basic Tools
Macbook (2010 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo)
USB Audio Interface
Microphone with switch (I use the affordable and reliable [amazon_textlink asin=’B0002H0RCC’ text=’Sennheiser e825s’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’soundapi-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fa501472-47c9-11e7-b94d-073a0ea4625d’])
Choose audio device before launching chrome.
Use Loopback (Mac) to route audio to and from the browser and other audio applications. Tip: Loopback is offering a special $10 discount to the Sound Nerds Unite family by using the discount code: SNURADINA.
“Speech Optimized” mode seems to be a great starting point in regards to sound quality and data. Yet, moving to “Music Optimized” is a great choice, too. Just see what works best for you.