As all of you know by now, I am doing a Radio Show entitled “Lyrical Graffiti” as my final project. Many have wondered how I put on such a quality production whilst working from home. In this blog post, I will now do a tutorial on how I set up the software for my shows. The first thing you will need is a microphone (preferrably USB). I personally use the Yeti Pro which has an excellent sound quality. It will also help to have a high quality pair of headphones to be able to monitor your sound. I use the Beats By Dr. Dre Pros. It is very important that you plug your headphones into your microphone as opposed to your computer. Now the way I set up will not be for everyone as it all depends on what mic you have. Here is a pic of my setup:
Next you will need to download four programs if you dont already have them: Mixlr, Itunes, Audacity, and Skype. All four of these programs are FREE. First you will start by opening Mixlr:
After you open Mixlr, you should scroll over to the audio source tab. From there you need to click on the audio source tab. From there you should see the scroll down menu that says audio source. From there you will need to select what device you will use.
As I stated before, my mic is the Yeti Pro. Now it is VERY IMPORTANT that you choose your microphone the first time it is listed. This is important as the first listing is listed under what they call a “loopback device”. The second option is an input device. Choosing your mic as a loop back device is very important as it will enable mixlr to broadcast whatever you hear in your headphones as well as whatever sound the mic picks up as an input device will only allow mixlr to broadcast what the mic picks up. Also, from here you will need to open the program Audacity.
From here the first thing you should do is go to the microphone icon and right click the upside down triangle to the right of it. From here, you should scroll down and click on the “Start Monitoring” tab.
Following this, you should scroll to the left and select your input source, which in my case is the Yeti Pro.
From here, you should see green and red bars highlighted in audacity above the aforementioned microphone symbol. This means that your microphone is ready for use. This will also have an echo effect in your headphones, and you should hear yourself in your headphones when speaking into the mic. The levels should fluctuate when you speak into the mic or play music from your itunes collection. Also open up Mixlr as the levels should fluctuate in that program too.
After this you are finally ready to broadcast. All you have to do is go back to the “My Broadcast” tab and hit “Start Broadcast”. I doubt you’ll be able to top my broadcasts (just kidding).