Multi-tracking is just what it sounds like. It’s when you take multiple tracks and record them separately. Most of the digital boards out right now have a multi-tracking feature built into them! You can either record directly to an SD card, a USB drive, or you can connect a computer to the sound board via USB cable and record directly into a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) such as Pro Tools or Logic. You can decide if you want the channels to be direct out, or if you want to have them recorded post EQ and processing. Depending on your skill level with a DAW, the latter is often a great choice. Having the ability to record a service and then custom mix afterward (and can go back over and over it) can be a great way to get a great sound! Now, be careful because this is going to add a layer of complexity to your stream mix, gain structure is very important because you can’t go back and change it without re-recording the whole set!
There are many ways to route your audio stream and we wanted to cover three of them in hopes of helping you out if you have not had these set up before. Depending on your setup and circumstances, any of the options could be the right one for you, but it’s important to know the difference so you can choose what would be the best for your setup.
The first is, of course, is the simplest option. That is the Main out. You can take your main out line and also route it to a stream. This is the easiest and can be effective for providing quick, easy audio for a stream.
As most of us are still under stay at home orders and are looking at limited gatherings for a long time, everyone is looking at their broadcasting capabilities and how to make them better quickly. There are a few things you can do on your own to make sure you are getting quality streaming audio! Here's another quick tip for improving your audio:
During social distancing we at Lambda have made sure to include lots of training into our days! Not only have we brushed up on our OSHA training, but we’ve virtually attended a Danley Sound Labs seminar, BTX’s Stem Audio systems and so much more! Now is a great time to learn more about your equipment or do some trainings you’ve been putting off until you have more time. We hope to come out of this social distancing equipped with more knowledge and information on new systems and refreshed on our favorite ones. We hope you can do the same!
As most of our communities have switched over to streaming in the last few weeks, we wanted to focus on bringing you tips on streaming! Lambda want to make sure you are confident in your stream and give you other options as you look to adjust your setup to be more effective.
With the climate of today and many people not able to meet or travel for several weeks, the need for small conference room solutions has grown! Here at Lambda we want to provide you with the resources that will allow you to continue growing your business while keeping all of your employees safe.
Let’s start with conference Audio.
If you’re watching a stream there are a few frustrating things that can happen: the video can freeze or skip, the quality could be bad, or the sound could be difficult to understand or hear. Here we wanted to offer a few tips to help with your stream audio. Sometimes problems are unavoidable depending on the situation of the end user, but here are a few things you can do to make sure you are producing a good audio mix.
Mix to Headphones
- Mix to headphones. This will help cut out any disruptive noise and make sure you are accurately hearing every detail. Then check it on bad speakers and bad headphones. What does that mean? Most people who are watching a live stream aren’t listening to it on a high dollar, custom tuned sound system. Most people are listening on their phone or laptop or on a pair of headphones. So, create your mix to sound good on that! If you’re doing a live stream, be sure to do a test first so you know what will sound good on those phone speakers.
Check out these sleek transmitter/receivers from Hollyland! The Mars 400S transmitter/receiver system features a 400 foot line-of-sight transmission range. Each have an SDI and HDMI connections expanding your compatibility options.
Additionally, an optional second receiver can be linked up to the transmitter to accept the signal at the same time. The transmitter is also capable of sending the signal over built-in Wi-Fi to up to four mobile devices, whether it is also sending to a receiver at the same time or not. This allows different people or departments on your site to view the image being captured. The image is sent to the HollyView app, which is compatible with iOS and Android.
What does it matter? I can do it myself...
There are some who feel like they do not need a professional integration company or an Audio Visual design engineer when they change the AV system in their business. Perhaps they have a background in operating tech or maybe they are quick learners and feel confident they can easily plug new equipment in and start using it for a new project. Where there is a possibility you could get away with this once, chances are things won’t go according to plan. We’d like to take a minute to tell you why you need to consider having a professional Audio Visual Integration company for your next system install.
Incorporating Dugan’s proprietary voice-activated process, the Waves Dugan Automixer plugin automatically controls the gains of multiple microphones in real time, dramatically reducing feedback, studio noise and comb filtering from adjacent microphones. It maintains a consistent system gain, even when multiple speakers are talking simultaneously, and makes perfectly matched crossfades, without any signal compression, and without a noise gate that may cause unwanted sonic artifacts. Available for virtually any console, the Dugan Automixer is the ultimate solution for broadcast news panels, talk shows, houses of worship, film and television dialog recording, and any other discussion panel or conference scenario involving multiple microphones and participants.
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