How To Get Great Sound With Facebook live using a $15 gadget

Jul 12, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

How To Get Great Sound With Facebook live using a $15 gadget

Jul 12, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you’ve ever tried doing a facebook live session you know that using your phone’s onboard microphone really sucks. Here is how we solved this problem with a $15 cable from rode.

Of course, we do assume that you have a microphone capable of producing great sound (we are using Rode’s Filmmaket kit). So it is not $15 for great sound, it is extra $15 to bring your (already awesome) sound into your smartphone or tablet live broadcast. The cable is called Rode SC4, and it converts DSLR microphones into smartphone and tablet microphones.

In the video we also show how to hook up more than one microphone to an iPad, say for an interview or a panel using a Tascam DR70, and a few XLR microphones.

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Lastly we show you how we attach the lav mic under a shirt using some 3m medical tape. Being who I am, I tape it between shirt and body. (which means that my chest hair suffers when I take it off), but it is also a great trick for placing a lav between two shirts in a way that does not produce shirt-sound.

How do you hook up your sound for facebook live? let us know in the comments.

P.S. never record when the AC breaks. NEVER!

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9 responses to “How To Get Great Sound With Facebook live using a $15 gadget”

  1. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    Had to crank the sound up all the way to hear him…lol. Guess he didn’t use his own advice.

    1. Rick Avatar
      Rick

      Yeah, had both the feed and the computer volumes cranked to the max and still couldn’t hear it well enough to follow what he was saying.

  2. Renato Murakami Avatar
    Renato Murakami

    Yes yes… $15 for the adapter, plus $400 for the wireless lav, or a mixer plus several mikes that, if whoever is getting this wants some quality, it’ll be some extra thousands… not to mention how you’re going to be carrying around all that extra junk to make Facebook Live videos.
    I mean, thanks for the effort of writting the article and making the video, but I don’t think this makes much sense for most Facebook Live Videos makers….

    Here’s my tip: try getting a smartphone that has a camera with a wider field of view, and a good internal microphone. It’s something that is not often reviewed, but there are some smartphones with pretty good mikes out there. It won’t be as good as using an external mic, but it’ll improve quality. I do remember that both my Lumia 808 and my Lumia 1020 had microphones that you could even take into concerts without the sound recorded coming out all distorted and whatnot.

    Anothing thing to try: Bluetooth headsets, or even the cheap headphones that comes with your smartphone – lots of them have microphones where the buttons for volume control are. Just use that similarly to how you’d use a lav.

  3. Carlos Avatar
    Carlos

    That’s quite misleading, $15 for adaptor. It’s like saying great pictures for $30, but that’s just the shipping of a $3000 camera… Tip: use your phone’s headphones with a mic to record the audio, just don’t put the headphones on, use the mic part.

  4. Judi Avatar
    Judi

    What is the name of the “cool little device” in the beginning that holds the device? Sounds like you said lavi pod.

  5. Madigan Makes Avatar
    Madigan Makes

    Currently when I try to stream live sound using the TRRS adaptor on a H1 Zoom stereo external mic, FB uses the internal phone mic anyway. Tested with an audio recording app, and the mic works fine. SO it’s a FB issue?

    1. Chris Branham Avatar
      Chris Branham

      Is there a fix for this issue. I’m having the same issue.

      1. ettword Avatar
        ettword

        me too