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August 12, 2013 at 2:11pm

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How to broadcast on Concert Window OPEN

With Concert Window OPEN, we’re making it easy for musicians to do live webshows. Here’s how it works.

Option 1 (easiest): Play right into your laptop. Use the built-in camera and microphone. Before the show, do a test broadcast (there’s a link on your Artist Dashboard) to get situated and make sure the sound is coming through at a good volume. You may need to adjust the input volume on your computer’s “Sound” or “System Preferences” control panel.

Option 2 (for higher quality): Connect a USB camera and/or microphone to your laptop. This will give you higher quality video and audio, especially if more than one person is performing. Our broadcasting software will automatically detect the inputs. We recommend the following gear:

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Logitech HD Pro Webcam ($75) High-quality, all-purpose USB webcam.

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IPEVO Point 2 View USB Camera ($63). Great for visual artists and other close-up work.

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Snowball USB Microphone by Blue ($58) Excellent all-purpose microphone, especially good for music

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MXL Tempo SK USB Microphone ($65) Recommended for close-up audio

Alternatively you can plug in a USB audio interface (like the Focusrite Scarlett, $149.95) and from there, your microphone of choice. We’ve also heard that Zoom H4 recorders ($269.99) will work as microphones when plugged in via USB.

* NOTE: While webcasting, your internet connection should be at least 1 mbps upload speed. Test it here.

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Want to broadcast using a full camera setup? Check out this blog article for instructions. 

Go ahead and schedule an OPEN show now!