22 Apr 2020

How to best utilize your iRig to stream to your socials

Get past Instagram, Facebook, and HouseParty limitations to bring your viewers only the best signal

With everyone staying home, doing their part to get the world back to normal, live streams have become an essential part of everyday life. Sparking events like home concerts, daily IK streams with artist interviews and give-aways, and a new age of music lessons online. Since the platforms we know and use every day have been thrown into this predicament with us, they have not all quite had the time to make sure their apps support all types of audio devices in all situations. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Using iRig Recorder 3 LE and it's Background Audio function, you can get past any limitations of Instagram, FaceBook, and other apps like HouseParty.

We're all in this together and here at IK we're here to do our part to help you bring your audience the best possible sound with your streams. If you're not already streaming, click here to read more about what you need to get started streaming.

Follow these steps for the best streaming experience:

  1. Download and launch iRig Recorder 3 LE from the Apple App Store. This is a free app.
  2. Go to the Menu in the upper right-hand corner and then go to Settings. Inside here enable the Background audio option.
  3. Use the COG WHEEL in the main page to select your input source. Keep in mind this is only an option for multi-input devices, so if you see a greyed out "Mono" option, this is because your device only offers this kind of input signal.
    Note: Instagram Live will only allow a mono signal when streaming. Unfortunately, this is not under IK's control. Do note, posting videos will allow stereo signals.
  4. Make sure "Loopback" is not enabled unless intended to be. Read more on Loopback here. Do note, the iRig Stream will allow direct monitoring at all times. In some cases, you might hear a duplicate signal from iRig Recorder 3. In these cases, make sure to mute the headphone level in iRig Recorder 3. To do this, tap the headphone level and then tap the "X" on top of the headphones.
  5. Launch Facebook or Instagram and go to the Live video function. The audio input will now be routed to these apps.

Remember when posting, use the hashtag #IKCreator on social media to have your work featured on this page. Every day we’ll choose the music, videos and other creative works using this hashtag and rewarding your creativity with software and hardware!

Keep in mind, most apps, including Instagram and Facebook Live will not allow the playback of copyrighted content. Playing back copyrighted content can have your Live stream stopped without an error.

Learn more about iRig Recorder 3 and our Creator Series.

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