Anyone who wants to test their sound, or maybe try a couple of things to improve their sound, can go online and I will be there, with anyone else who turns up, to give feedback and try and help.
The link to the Streamyard room is posted below and the first 2 sessions will be (UK time!): Week 1: 11am Monday 7th Dec Week 2: 7pm Monday 14th Dec After that we will take stock and see if its worth continuing.
I will record your audio and post it to a Dropbox folder for you to listen to during the session.
I have done a couple of sessions like this and they can be very useful.
Streamyard is quite good for this because it doubles as a video chat call (we can all chat together like Zoom) and a streaming platform.
When we are chatting in the room, please either wear headphones, or turn echo cancellation ON in Streamyard.
There will be no broadcast destinations set up - this will not be going live, or being recorded (except just the audio when we are doing a test). You do not need an account with Streamyard (or Facebook for that matter).
These are the interfaces you can get from Behringer: UM 2 - 1 x instrument, 1 x (mic or instrument). UMC 22 - same as UM2, improved preamps UMC 202HD - 2 x (mic or instruments) UMC 404HD - 4 x (mic or instrument) UMC 1820 - 8 x (mic or instrument)
Your PC needs the Behringer USB driver which you can google for, or download HERE.
So plug in the device and install the driver (or the other way around).
It is not required, but it is best if ALL your sound , input and output, goes through the Behringer. Essentially, its a faster version of the soundcard that your PC has. So obviously mics and instruments go into the Behringer, but any speakers or headphones should come out of the 1/4 inch headphone jack on the Behringer. You may need a cheap jack to minijack adapter.
Then in your Windows Control Panel, under sound select Behringer 1-2 as both the input and output device. As you do this, take note of those "Troubleshoot" buttons under Windows sound, they come in useful for giving Windows a kick.
Another thing that may make your life easier is to set the default Sample Rate for the Behringer to 48000Hz (Studio Quality), since that is what Jamulus will insist on. You do this in Windows Control Panel, there is a link the "Sound Control Panel" on the right hand sidewhere you navigate to Playback device/Behringer, right click, go to Properties, go to Advanced and select the Default Format to be 2 channel, 48000 Hz, 24 bit. Do the same for the Recording Tab, right clicking Behringer 1-2 and going to Properties Advanced and make sure default format is 48000Hz.
At this point you are ready to go, either recording, or streaming to Jamulus.