Now I’ll walk you through how I personally set up for Studio Mode.
- Studio Projects T3 microphone
- Soundcraft Spirit M12 mixer
- Mix out to PPA Headamp > AKG K271 MKii headphones for monitoring
- Direct Out on mic channel to:
- M-Audio Delta 1010 Audio Interface
- Cockos Reaper Digital Audio Workstation
- M-Audio Delta Control Panel (Software Mixer)
Yep, just the one microphone for now. It’s a large diaphragm condenser set to an Omnidirectional polar pattern. I position it at chest height, pointed upwards slightly so it picks up more vocal and less guitar. When I switch back and forth between playing and speaking I simply move the microphone closer to me.
Microphone is plugged into Channel 8 on the mixer, through the Direct Out to the corresponding input channel on the M-Audio Delta 1010. I use the “Direct Pre” button on this channel which sends a pre-fader signal to the Direct Out. What this allows me to do is set the dry microphone signal at any level I please in the monitor mix, or even mute it, without it affecting what goes into the computer and thus the Hangout.
From there, it goes into the Reaper DAW. Why run into a DAW? I use it to provide effects processing. Just a touch of stereo reverb to give the illusion of stereo imaging. It makes the sound much more spacious.
I have the Master output section of Reaper sending out to software and hardware returns on Channels 1 and 2.
From there it goes into the M-Audio Delta Control Panel, which is the software mixer/settings application supplied with the Delta 1010 interface:
As you can see, I have everything but the software returns for Channels 1 and 2 muted. Once the appropriate channels are muted, I close the control panel. All mixing is done in the Reaper DAW.
When I open a Hangout on Air and switch to Studio Mode, I then go into the Hangout settings, switching the Microphone to “Monitor” and Speakers to Channels 5/6 (see picture). “Monitor” is the master output of the Delta Control Panel.
I usually have Channels 7/8 on my interface set as the Default Audio Device in my system settings, so system sounds, media players and things like that go there. Sometimes in a regular Hangout I like to have a little bit of music playing in the background, so it’s nice to be able to control the levels of that and the Hangout audio separately right on the board by having them go through different pairs of channels.
If I had another Delta 1010 unit I’d likely be utlizing the stereo channels on my Soundcraft M12 for monitoring these stereo outputs from the computer instead. As it stands, I’d rather not have to move any plugs around to do Studio Mode Hangouts so I just use pairs of mono channels instead. Each channel is panned 100% left and right to produce a stereo signal.
I’ve spent a lot of time here talking to you about using Studio Mode for Hangouts on Air, and while great sound quality is something I strive for, it’s not the most important consideration for musicians or anyone else for that matter. It’s important, just as important as honing your craft, but I believe that focusing too much on the performance and promotion side of things will cause you to miss what’s really important on Google+.
It’s not the SEO benefit. It’s not just another venue for selling your merch. It’s not even the Hangouts.
It’s the people, the communities and the spirit of everything.
Google+, I believe, is the most amazing social layer/platform that any musician could possibly ask for and indeed any individual as well. Google+ and Hangouts have completely changed the way that I interact and collaborate online. It’s a passion platform. It is a platform where you interact with people based upon what you have in common, not where you went to school or where you live. It is natural and organic. I’ve made real, genuine friends on Google+, which is something I’ve never experienced on Facebook or Twitter.
As a search engine first, Google knows how to connect people with what they’re looking for and by extention connect people with people. For musicians, all that is required is to approach Google+ from the standpoint of what you can provide for the community and who you can connect with. The rest will follow on its own. Google+ is a social network that more closely resembles a natural, in-person networking model than any other network out there. Engage with people on a personal level and they will support you. Try selling yourself or your brand without establishing the personal relationship first and you will be rejected.
Remember, you’re making friends here, not customers. Some people forget that the precursor to “media” in “social media” is social.
Google+ Hangouts are simply another pathway for connecting with the community.
Thanks very much for reading! My name is David Santy and I hope this guide has helped you come to a better understanding of how to use Studio Mode in Google+ Hangouts on Air. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section.
Ok, I lied. That wasn’t the conclusion. If you’re still having troubles check out the next page: Troubleshooting