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What Businesses Can Do To Avoid Epic Sound Fails On Livestreams

Katina Davenport

Posted on April 19 2020

What Businesses Can Do To Avoid Epic Sound Fails On Livestreams

Video link to the Teddy Riley vs. Babyface battle on IG. How to avoid epic microphone set up issues for mobile live streaming.



Hello everyone! It’s Katina from Lattes and Mamma T’s Boutique with a topic that many businesses can relate to--going live to promote their business.

Live streaming can be a bit daunting. Especially in this climate where most business are working online to continue their business--many of them doing more live streaming events. It can be tricky; and from yesterday's performance from Teddy Riley and Babyface (mainly Teddy Riley) there was a lot of audio issues that could have been avoided. 

If your business will be going on live streaming platforms take a look at the tips I have included for good audio on mobile live streaming. 

How to Have Great Audio for Mobile Live Streaming

The first thing you may want to do is turn off your bluetooth. Bluetooth can interfere with live streaming. I have had bluetooth give a horrible feedback tone in an interview while live streaming on a radio broadcast and Facebook Live at the same time. I was told to turn off my bluetooth. This may not be an issue for every case, but it would be worth hitting the off button to ensure great live audio. 

Do not stream on another mobile device or laptop with the audio on full blast to try to hear the broadcast. It will cause echoing and feedback. Have a friend join the broadcast so they can let you know whether the audio is coming through clearly. 

Do a sound check before your live starts. Make sure the mic you are using is working correctly and doesn’t cause any disturbances, even if the live will be on Instagram. You will not be able to use a privacy setting to broadcast without anyone knowing, however, when trying this tip announce to viewers who join why you are broadcasting. They will be able to communicate whether the audio is good or not. Remember your audio settings and leave it alone. This would be a great time to get used to the controls and responding to comments if any should come through. Delete the test run when finished, if you like. 

You can do a test run on Facebook using the private setting with another friend. 

You can use plug-in lapel mics and handheld mics to help your audience hear you clearly. It's not required but it does help. I have even watched live events where others where using some type of mic and sound system outside of the mobile phone. 

No one wants to experience avoidable audio mishaps on any live streaming broadcast. Take a look at the Teddy Riley vs. Babyface battle. Someone managed to get it so I am including the full video here

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