Great Audio for Livestreams

Before we built livestreaming at Union, we surveyed thousands of yoga students and found that audio quality was the most important thing to them–we didn't believe it at first, but when we thought about it, it makes complete sense. If you're practicing, you use your eyes some of the time but your ears all of the time. With millions on millions of minutes streamed since launch, we have heard that reaffirmed through post-class surveys and tickets we receive from end users.

Before we start with the recommendations, a recommendation. You may be tempted to just use your phone or computer and scream at it from across the room, but please, don't. It will sound echoey, tinny, and thin. With the continuing advance of options online, we believe that students will gravitate to quality so make sure you sound good.

For Just Your Voice

Use high quality Bluetooth earbuds so your voice sounds close and warm. They're battery powered and snuggle right in your ears, so you have full range of motion.

Affordable Options

For iPhone

For Android

For Your Voice + Music

This is the best sounding setup and a good way to get music mixed perfectly with your voice, but will require spending some dough and some channeling your inner A/V nerd.

Camera

  • iPhone X, Xs, 11, or 11 Pro

  • A recent Android Phone with a great camera

Adapters

Audio Mixer (must have a USB-B to A output)

  • Yamaha at $149.99 (recommended for Apple devices. Easier to use)

  • Berhinger at $78.99 (less expensive option)

Wireless Microphone

Any XLR wireless mic system can plug into your mixer. Below are only two potential recommendations we have experience with. We recommend getting an omni directional wireless microphone for best quality.

  • Samson Wireless Aerobics Headset: $299 (comes with built in receiver, transmitter and XLR cable.)

  • This option is frequently sold out, but really any Samson product should do you right

Audio Cables

Put it all Together

  1. Connect camera device to adapter.

  2. Connect adapter to power.

  3. Plug USB A into adapter and the other end in the USB B part of the mixer.

  4. Plug the XLR cable from the mic into the mixer and connect it to the receiver.

  5. Run the splitter from an external audio source such as a laptop or your studio mixer.

  6. Using an 3.5mm AUX cable connect one part of the splitter to an external speaker so the teacher can hear the music.

  7. Using the 3.5mm to ¼” R+L cable connect the other side of the external audio sources splitter to the mixer.

  8. Make sure all devices are powered on and plugged in.

  9. Begin playing music from external audio source, fire up a test stream, and test the audio levels. Add the mic and adjust levels as necessary.

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