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How to make money with your DJ Live Streams

  • Making money from streaming

  • How to connect your DJ Controller for live streaming

  • Equipment Checklist

  • TRS to TRRS Adapter or Audio Interface

  • Cables

  • Tripod/Mounting System

  • Streaming Software

How to live stream DJ sets from your phone

One of the biggest questions around live streaming DJ Sets is “How do I get the audio sounding awesome?” Especially if you’re using your phone to broadcast the stream live.

If you’re anything like me, you would have tuned into more than one too many streams that either look like or sound like they were recorded with a potato. So you definitely want to avoid just whipping open your Instagram app, hitting the Live function, and recording with your phone’s internal microphone.

Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to stream high-quality audio from your decks, and chances are you’ve already got everything you need to get the job done. But if you don’t know where to start, there are a couple of options for you to choose from.

TRS to TRRS Adapter

The most common input found on mobile phones and tablets is a TRRS or minijack plug. So given that the connection you need to connect to your DJ Controllers is generally RCA, the best solution is to buy two separate leads to get high-quality audio into your phone. If you’re using a newer iPhone or iPad, you might also have to get hold of an Apple adapter to get connected.

So what will you need?

  • TRRS to TRS Cable/Adapter such as the RODE SC4

  • TRS to RCA Cable

One problem you might run into with this setup is if your DJ Controller only features a single stereo output. If that’s the case, you’ll need to split the single output so you can still plug in your speakers and hear your set at the same time! Therefore, you’ll need to get an RCA splitter adapter that allows you to connect to both your speakers and your mobile.

It’s a simple yet effective method of feeding a clear direct audio input to your phone. It’s cheap, and it’s definitely going to beat the sound that you’ll get recording out of your phones internal microphone.

The only issue with this solution is that you’re using a mic input on your phone, rather than a line input. Given that your DJ Controller will typically be outputting a line signal, it will have already been amplified. Therefore you’ll find it’s going to be a lot easier to get a distorted signal if you turn your controller up too loud. I’d recommend experimenting with the volumes before you go live, so you can find a balance that sounds good without clipping your audio!

Alternatively, you can also pick up a DI box or Attenuator that will drop the volume to an appropriate level as it goes through your phone. Ensuring your live streams feature pristine audio quality, every single time!

Another nice to have when it comes to equipment for live streaming is a good quality laptop stand. Using a sturdy and ergonomic laptop stand ensures you keep good posture and eye level while you’re staring at your laptop screen. It can also be the difference in making sure your live stream set up is clean and clutter-free!

Audio Interface

Another and more professional way to get around this is by using an audio interface. Most modern plug-and-play interfaces will work seamlessly with your phone. While you can also pick up audio interfaces that have been specifically tailored for mobiles such as the IK Multimedia iRig Stream. What’s good about this unit is that it comes with all the cables you need, including Lightning cables so you can easily connect to your iPhone or iPad. Audio Interfaces work by taking the signal from your controller or mixer, then turning it into a digital signal before it hits your phone/tablet.

You will need to ensure that whatever audio interface you choose is compatible with your phone, and you have the appropriate jack cables and/or adapters to connect your controller to your interface. But above all, an audio interface setup is a great choice, because you’ll be able to use it to stream from your computer, as well as your mobile device.

If you’re still not sure how to best connect your setup, contact our experienced staff today. We’d love to help you take your DJ set online!

Tripod or Mounting System

If you’re going to be streaming from your phone, you’re also going to want some form of tripod or mounting setup in order to keep your phone steady and in position. A great choice, if you’re looking for something simple and easy to use, would be something from the IK Multimedia iKlip range. You’ll find a range of products perfectly suited to mount both your phones as well as tablets.

Another option, if you’re looking for a solution to getting those birds-eye vantage points, would be to use the combination of a Gooseneck and Microphone Clamp. We recommend Gravity for an affordable and reliable solution!

Streaming from your Computer

Alternatively, if you plan on streaming from your computer, you’re going to have even more control over your setup. Allowing you to add logos, record from multiple audio sources and so on. Although you can stream directly to your favorite platform with your webcam connected, it’s a good idea to get a piece of software that gives you complete freedom over your stream. There are two main pieces of software that are recommended and used by DJs worldwide.

  • Open Broadcast System (OBS) – FREE Software

  • Wirecast – Paid Software

For the sake of this article, we’ll assume you choose to use OBS. It’s free software that’s extremely popular among Twitch streamers and gamers. It’s also simple, effective and fairly intuitive, and there are endless tutorials out there that will show you the nitty-gritty when it comes to all the settings. If you’re new to the software, the easiest thing to do will be to go through the ‘Auto-Configuration Wizard’ that will help set up everything for you.

OBS gives you the following features:

  • Screen Capturing

  • Unlimited number of screens you can easily switch between

  • Intuitive audio mixer with VST support

  • Easy to use configurations

  • Modular Dock UI allows you to easily rearrange layout

  • So much more!

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