Tips and guidelines for sound feeds

1. Make sure your streaming device is fully charged before participating in the sound feed!

2. It can be impossible but try to avoid very windy locations or, if you are using an external microphone, put a windscreen on it.

3. Unless called for in the score please avoid lengthy, focused, intelligible speech. For example, if you are on a city street and there are people talking as they pass by that is okay but avoid streaming extended or clear conversations.

4. If you are streaming from your phone, any incoming calls will interrupt the streaming application. You will need to reinitiate your sound feed. It is best to activate the “Do Not Disturb” mode on the streaming device if possible.

5. For our purposes conference call applications like Skype or Google Hangout don’t work well, since they alter the audio output in undesirable ways. We currently recommend using Ustream.

6. By default the live streaming software transmits your video, but the video is not used by our performance. The Ustream Web interface, “Broadcaster” does let you turn off video, but the phone/table app does not. The audio quality should always be set as high as possible. If you even have a choice, do not try to modify the microphone settings to reduce background noise or anything like that. It is best to use the default microphone settings in Ustream.

7.┬áIf you are providing a sound feed from outdoors, where free Wi-Fi is rarely available, you will most likely be using a commercial/subscription carrier for your data transfers. Please be aware that streaming live audio-video is high bandwidth and charges may apply depending on your carrier’s data plan. Soundscaper.org is not responsible for any fees you might encounter.

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