One of the great benefits of having a mobile friendly, binaural 3D Audio microphone like the Hooke Verse is being able to use it with your other mobile based recording tools. Previously I’ve shown you how to record 3D Audio on to any app, but today I’d like to dive specifically into the world of live streaming and show how the Hooke Verse can bring your livestream to the next level, making your audiences truly feeling like they are there with you in the moment. Because that’s what binaural is all about–giving the feeling that your audience is there with you in that moment of the recording. It’s the whole aspect of binaural that is especially mesmerizing. Bringing binaural audio to livestreaming is just another step in the game.
What you’ll need
1. A mobile friendly binaural 3D Audio microphone: Hooke Verse.
The Hooke Verse is the world’s first bluetooth binaural recording headset. It can attach to your mobile cellular device to record just about anything in binaural audio with our free app, and can even be used to livestream.
2. A mobile friendly recording cable.
See, Android and iOS devices are natively not set up to RECEIVE stereo audio over Bluetooth. They can SEND stereo audio over bluetooth to devices like headphones and speakers without a problem, but receiving the audio has never been done before. That’s why we use our Hooke 3D Audio recording Android and iOS apps. The apps make the handshake with our proprietary Bluetooth recording codec and allow you to stream wireless binaural 3D Audio to your phone.
What does this mean? It means in order for us to live stream to apps like Facebook Live, Periscope and Vimeo, these apps would need to incorporate the same codec that is in our Android and iOS apps in order to stream WIRELESSLY. As much as we wish Hooke Verse could work WIRELESSLY with every app, on every platform, no matter the OS or hardware configuration, it would be nearly impossible to get every app to incorporate our codec. That’s why we include a recording cable free of charge. Plug our 3D Audio recording cable into the Hooke Verse, then into your phone. The cable will automatically over ride the built in microphone.
3. Turn your phone into a stereo input.
The Hooke Verse outputs binaural 3D Audio as a two channel stereo audio file. The headphone jack on your iPhone and Android phone is a mono input, meaning it only records in one channel. So you can’t plug our recording cable into the phone and expect to record stereo audio. You have to go into the phone’s lightning or micro usb connector. There are many devices that will turn your phone into a stereo input, we recommend the Blue Mikey by Blue microphones. Plug this adapter into your phone, then plug the Hooke recording cable into the STEREO 1/8″ jack on the Blue Mikey, and it makes the connection for a stereo input much easier.
4. Hit Record!
No matter what the app, upon opening the app it will look to the built in mic on your phone as the primary recording source. When the app opens with the Hooke Verse plugged in, it will automatically treat the Hooke Verse as the recording source. Simply hit record and all of your live stream video will transmit in rich binaural 3D Audio, instead of a flat mono audio via the built in phone mic. All your listeners will need is a regular pair of headphones to hear the binaural 3D Audio. No special algorithms or speakers required, so just let them know that they can just sit back and enjoy the all-encompassing audio.
5. Not all live stream apps are created equal
For instance, Periscope and Twitter support stereo audio. Facebook, Facebook live and Instagram do not. You can read more about that here.
Here’s a Facebook Live Stream using the configuration above. Notice how it converts all audio to mono?
Facebook Live and Hooke Audio Live Stream Test
Posted by Anthony Mattana on Monday, January 2, 2017
Here’s a Periscope Live Stream Using the Exact Same Configuration as Described Above. Notice How It’s in stereo (two channels)?
Periscope and Hooke Audio Live Stream Test https://t.co/7IMs3EmdeK
— Hooke Audio (@Hookeaudio) January 2, 2017
If you’re as frustrated as I am that Facebook and Instagram do not support stereo audio, let them know! It’s 2017 for Pete’s sake, and as essential parts of our daily lives, they should be ahead of the curve. Let’s get them to start caring about audio, and caring about it correctly.
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