This week, Lynx produced all of the audio recordings and streaming for the webcast of the 2016 GALA Chorus Festival. Our partners at StreamTek Productions produced the video capture and video stream for the event. These came from a variety of performances and interviews throughout the 5 days of the festival.
Our task is to take the audio from multiple sources in each venue and create a customized mix to send to the video team. Broadcast audio has been form-fitted for a leaner, web-based approach to audio/video transmission, at its essence. We take audio from the house mix (what the venue front-of-house sound engineer provides to the audience) mixed with several area microphones, both on-stage and above the audience. We then create a live mix in headphones that gives the listener a sense of what the live performances sound like in the venue. This mix is both recorded locally and streamed live.
Audio Recording Basics
Let’s look at three basic elements of recording a live event in this way.
A microphone is the oldest tool in the box for anyone looking to record voices, instruments, and just about anything audible. In addition to the use of good microphones to record audio, a user must employ good microphone technique to make the most of your audio recording. We will go over the basics of proper microphone technique, as related to public address or singing performance, in a later blog.
The Sound Board
If you have a PA system in use, you may have everything you need. You can simply record all audio that’s being passed straight from the soundboard. Live music “tapers” know this trick as the “board mix” or “board feed.” You can connect a pair of either XLR or TRS cables to a stereo output from the soundboard, and patch that directly into a recording device.
My current recommendations for recorders, which are our workhorses for the weekend, are the Tascam DR-100mkII and the Zoom F8. Start with one of these and a feed directly from your sound board. You can capture broadcast-quality audio of conferences, meetings, fundraisers, rallies, worship services, and concerts. Consequently, your post-productions options are also wide open, and potentially lucrative. You can archive, gift, and package to sell any and all of these recordings.
What about streaming / webcasting?
To reach a remote audience, you can use that same Board Mix and create a live web-based broadcast, or webcast. You can take a line (or stereo lines) out of the board and directly into a computer audio
The first radio broadcast was over 100 years ago. The first color television voice communication via satellite was of President Dwight D Eisenhower in 1958. The phrase “Live via satellite” is now well over 50 years old. Yet there is still something very powerful about connecting people, and their moments, across the globe. The ease of this kind of connection can be found when you use a software as simple as Google Hangouts or Skype. Applications like LiveStream and DaCast can immediately webcast your event. This happens in nearly real time to anyone who can log in to your event’s URL.
Finally, what kind of event are you seeking audio recording or streaming solutions? Let us know in the comments below!
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