June 14, 2016

Broodcast Journalism...

by Chris Randall

So Sonic State hit me up about doing a little tutorial video about Karplus-Strong when I was at SuperBooth in Berlin, the which I happily did. I totally forgot about it, to be honest, until Nick put it up on his site yesterday. I was noting on Facebook that I was deep in the Jetlag Timeslip when I did it, and it's actually relatively amazing that it's watchable at all, let alone fairly on-point and informative, as such extemporizing goes. (At least, in my opinion.)

But it lit a fire under my ass to do something I've been meaning to do for a long time. I have all these broadcast accounts and a commercial broadband hardline right here to my house, and it's certainly well within my means to do a fairly high-quality stream out of my office. I was thinking of doing a Twitch or YouTube Live stream maybe once a week, where you can AMA in the vein of the "10 Questions" videos we did a while back, albeit with more focus. Like "watch me patch this shit or fuck with Reaktor Blocks while I talk and answer questions and whatever" kind of thing.

I don't honestly know how it would play out, and I need to rearrange some things in my office and test some shit to get the best lighting/sound scenario going, but I think it might be fun for all. In that vein, some questions:

1. What do you think the best platform for this endeavor would be? I have a Twitch account, and it's all set up and tested, and I think the audio and video quality is better than sending the same exact encoding to YouTube, personally. However, YouTube is the larger platform, and Twitch is, of course, aimed at gamers. Open to ideas in this regard. It would be a fairly simple matter to set up a media server right here on the AD box and stream it direct, for that matter.

2. What would you like to see as the purview? Watch Crandall Produce Shit? Q&A? Lightly-scripted topic (like "10 Questions" or the video above where we just talk about a single subject?) I'm open to ideas. I'll try anything out. I'm leaning towards a combination of Watch Me Work and Q&A, with the caveat that I'll probably forget to look at the chat window.

3. What sort of schedule? Should I block time weekly for a strictly live affair, or could it be more random? I'm not doing any daily bullshit, that's for sure.

Anyhow, open to any and all ideas. Your comments and input in this regard will be most appreciated.


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Jun.14.2016 @ 4:35 PM
FWIW, Twitch is trying to make a push for "creative" endeavors. Orthogonal to the individual, Deadmau5 streams on it quite regularly (both video games and music), so it's not just games.

Jun.14.2016 @ 4:45 PM
I'm always interested in hearing why people use something or other. For example, I really like some of Jimmy Diresta's Make videos where he talks through his process. I can't say I've watched much live streaming so far, but I often watch archives of what was streamed.

I'll have try using Silent Way and a reverb for tones. I don't think I had tried that yet. Looks like much more tonal control on your module. Speaking of SW, is there a module that does something like cv to tuned cv yet?

Jun.14.2016 @ 5:21 PM
I'd vote for Youtube, in that it's a better platform for archiving afterwards for later non-live viewing. Also is Twitch Flash player only? Also, too, the general sugar-addled Ritalin child atmosphere of Twitch gives me hives.

Jun.14.2016 @ 5:29 PM
Chris Randall
@shamann: Yeah, that last was my main issue as well. I don't really want to be a part of that nightmare, to be honest. You have to really weed out the commenters.

Twitch is Flash only, best I can tell; you can set it so the broadcasts are automatically archived to YouTube, but in thinking about it, I think it's probably best to just eliminate the middleman. I just tested OBS with YouTube a few minutes ago, and it seems to be not bad at all. I have to do some research to see how to stream a 320kbps audio stream, because it seems to be defaulting to 128. I had full 1080p video at 6000kbps and stereo 128k audio working in the test; I wouldn't be opposed to giving up 2K worth of video stream to really jack the audio quality; just have to figure out how.

(That said, I think I can stream something like 22mbps up from here, from the looks of things. So plenty of headroom.)

In any event, I'll have to experiment a bit but my feeling is that if I can get the YouTube stream to be the quality of the Twitch stream, then that's the way to go about it.


Jun.14.2016 @ 10:00 PM
Chris Randall
Addendum to the previous: I just got full 1080p and 320kbps stereo audio (at 44.1/16) working like a charm in the YouTube version, so I think that pretty much settles that. I may try a quick test broadcast later in the week to make sure it's all working, but I think we're good to go on that front.


Jun.14.2016 @ 11:16 PM
AI lives!

I was starting to get worried... built a giant MU system from the MW and FB BST, grew a beard and a half-inch of ponytail since the Berlin entry.

I don't have anything to add on-topic other than go for it and welcome back!

Jun.14.2016 @ 11:34 PM
I'm for the watch me work with Q&A combo. Would be interesting to have topics voted on as well, like with 10 Questions (if I'm remembering correctly). Cool!

Jun.15.2016 @ 7:44 AM
dj empirical
I love the idea; your explanation cleared KS up for me in the same way that your explanation of Mad Hatter served not only to explain the module but how the 606 hays worked -- something I hadn't put thought into. So, from my POV, more is better.

Weekly, depending on the post-live work (not sure what there would be here), is probably the max. I used to have a podcast, but the post-production killed the weekly schedule. Biweekly was a good compromise in that case.

If they're archived, I'd dig the hell out of that, especially if your stream happens during business hours. :)

Jun.15.2016 @ 8:34 AM
Chris Randall
That's actually why I wanted to do the live-stream-archive thing. Putting together something like 10 Questions is such a pain in the ass, but with this, I can just schedule an event, plop down on my couch, and press "Stream" from the looks of things.

The downside is that it will be un-edited, so less tight than something that has post-production. But considering a lot of the relatively shitty vidcasts I regularly watch, I don't think that's such a big deal. People expect a lower production value for this, and my technical knowledge already puts me miles ahead of most of them, just by the nature of understanding how audio and video work.


Jun.15.2016 @ 9:18 AM
"The downside is that it will be un-edited, so less tight than something that has post-production. But considering a lot of the relatively shitty vidcasts I regularly watch, I don't think that's such a big deal. "

The K-S interview went great, so agreed. It'll be miles ahead of whatever other rambly-gibbery demos.

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