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I'm doing both recording and performances online. I'm using my Zoom Q8 camera as both a mic and interface. It has a stereo mic built in that I use to pick up the piano, and it has an input for my xlr cable which I have my Shure KSM9 plugged in for my voice. When I'm recording I want it to be a dry signal, but when I'm performing I run the mic through a Voice Live Touch box, which is really more for effects, like looping and harmonizing, but it does have traditional reverbs. Getting the balance between the piano through the stereo mic and my voice through the KSM9 is a little tricky and requires someone listening to help me soundcheck. Also, then when I'm talking to the audience, I push the singing mic away, and talk directly to the camera and its mic, so I don't have the reverb when I'm talking. I'm sure there's better ways to do this, but that's the equipment I had when we started Isolating, and it's all working out pretty well. I got the 90 day free trial of Logic, and am enjoying learning that program.
For my setup, I have a Yamaha P-45 keyboard and AKG 220 condenser mic plugged into an Avid Fast Track solo audio interface. The audio interface is then plugged into my laptop using a USB cable. I have a set of Bose headphones that I plug into the audio interface. For Zoom, under audio settings, I choose the audio interface for both the mic and speaker. When I’m teaching piano, I’ll use my IPhone as a second camera by calling into Zoom and positioning the camera above me looking down at the keys. I mute the iPhone since the overall sound is coming from the audio interface.
I've been doing recordings with the quartet. Haven't found anything stable enough to do real time live recordings so we've only been able to layer parts. Everyone uses their own audio interface (PreSonus, Motu, Focusrite) and we start off with drums playing to a click and then send it around. We can all just play to click without drums but it's nice to have something real. The end result is us all playing in time together just not at the SAME time together. It's musical and accurate but of course lacks the "in the moment" interaction. We have to read the chart which doesn't allow for spontaneity with form (solos) or emotional responses, but it sort of works. You can see a short example here: https://youtu.be/wJnpJiX99nU
I’m singing thru my AER but with the gain up Just enough that I can hear a bit of reverb and the new use A blue yeti usb mic plugged into the computer. It’s defintley not the best but works well enough for live online performances. Hoping to get a better set up soon. I’ve heard focusrite works well.
Kate, check out the Motu M2 2x2 as well.