High Quality Audio for Live Streams (Without Spending a Dime)
StreamYard Connect Ep53
Professional Audio Engineer Chris Curran of the Podcast Engineering School helps you get high-quality audio for live streams. He discusses your streaming environment, proper mic technique and how to deliver a good listener experience on Episode 53 of StreamYard Connect with Ross Brand.
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00:00:00 Intro Music
00:00:38 Ross Brand teases upcoming topics, countdown & intro video
00:01:54 Ross opens show
00:02:16 Why audio is the most important part of your live video
00:04:49 StreamYard’s lineup of shows
00:05:41 StreamYard Update: New Spanish language broadcast hosted by Diana Martinez
00:06:36 StreamYard Update: Audio upgrades for users turning off echo cancellation
00:09:37 Bandcamp: Ticketed live streaming for artists with integrated merch sales shelf
00:10:50 Live Streams vs Blogs: Survey reveals audience preference
00:12:19 Current USD value of live streaming industry and projected value in 2021 (hint: Billions)
00:13:05 Most popular category of live streams on Twitch (hint: it isn’t gaming)
00:15:34 Guest Chris Curran of Podcast Engineering School
00:16:35 Chris shares potential topics for his new live streaming show
00:17:00 Chris and Ross speak like two guys from New Jersey
00:17:40 Chris’ audio background in the music industry
00:18:55 Chris is fascinated by live streaming & enjoys watching Twitch
00:19:42 Chess streaming on Twitch is big
00:21:43 The appeal of podcasting
00:23:04 Reasons to repurpose live streams as podcasts
00:24:45 What was great about running a podcast studio?
00:25:30 Why Chris started the Podcast Engineering School
00:26:13 Who is the Podcast Engineering School for and what does Chris teach?
00:29:54 Audio vs video podcasts & Is it really a podcast?
00:33:04 Tips for upgrading your audio without buying new gear
00:35:20 Microphone technique: Tips for speaking into your mic
00:37:13 Should your mic go on a desk or table?
00:38:31 Ways to reduce noise in your streaming or recording environment
00:40:07 Where to position your mic for live streaming
00:43:29 How channel strips and preamps work
00:45:49 How does compression help?
00:46:20 How you can go wrong when you move your mic?
00:47:45 Do you need a mixer?
00:48:39 What is gain staging?
00:49:25 Preventing distortion & analog limiters
00:51:24 What to do about hiss in recordings?
00:52:09 The purpose of an audio interface
00:53:14 The only reason you would ever need a mixer
00:55:28 The gear you need to get started
00:56:52 Chris’ philosophy on buying gear
00:57:38 Can a USB mic sound as good as an XLR mic? The Shure MV7, Samson Q2U, ATR2100x
01:04:39 Episode 200 of The Podcast Engineering Show & Podcasters’ Lounge
01:09:29 Thoughts on lavalier mics and earbuds
01:13:29 StreamYard’s lineup of shows
01:14:09 Remix: Andrew Kan on Youtube tags
🎤 CHRIS CURRAN:
Chris is the founder of the Podcast Engineering School, training students to produce and engineer audio podcasts at the highest level and get paying jobs as a producer. He hosts the Podcast Engineering Show, which recently had its 200th episode. Chris brings extensive audio engineering experience from the music industry with album credits on recordings by many big-name artists.
Chris’ podcast: https://podcastengineeringschool.com/category/show/
About StreamYard Connect
StreamYard Connect highlights the different ways talented professionals use live streaming to communicate with customers, connect to new career opportunities and attract candidates to fill job openings. Plus we cover news and technology updates…and the production techniques that power successful live broadcasts. Hosted by Ross Brand and sponsored by StreamYard, a browser-based app that makes it easy to produce professional-looking livestreams. Join us on Wednesdays at 2pm ET for StreamYard Connect on the StreamYard Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.
StreamYard is a live streaming studio in your computer or mobile browser that makes it easy to host shows with stable, professional-looking streams.
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About Ross Brand
Ross Brand is a live streamer who has served in many capacities such as Red Carpet host for the Emmy Award winning Never Settle Show, produced by Al Roker Entertainment, brand ambassador for Wirecast, and on-camera host for multiple Facebook Live Video and LinkedIn Live developers and broadcast solutions, including StreamYard, BeLive and LiveU.
He was selected one of 5 Live Video Experts to Follow by Switcher Studio, the Number One Twitter Account for Learning Live Stream Marketing by Amp Live and a Top 25 Video Marketing Influencer by Onalytica.
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