Your broadcast recordings and how to make the most of them

As you might already be aware, every broadcast you make with Mixlr is recorded to your hard drive as an MP3. With the latest version of the desktop app, it is easier to access your recordings so that you can edit them, and apply those final touches before you upload them to your favourite services. Maybe you want to trim them, make short clips to share on social media, or simply archive them.

In this blog post, you’ll find tips on how to get the most of the recording of your live broadcast with Mixlr. We’ll cover editing, sharing and creating a podcast with your recordings.

Editing your recording

Once you have found your recording, before you share it, it’s a good idea to make sure it sounds as good as possible. This may involve changing the overall volume, adding music to the intro or editing some mistakes out. Luckily there’s plenty of audio editing software out there that make editing easy. We recommend Audacity – it’s free and super simple to use. We recommend you normalize your recording, this will ensure the volume of your recording is consistent throughout. You could also increase the gain of your recording to make it as loud as possible. 

Sharing your recording

Now that you’ve cleaned up and edited the recording of your broadcast, perhaps you want to upload your live podcast episode to iTunes, put your last live gig on Soundcloud or last DJ set on Mixcloud. Or even share your awesome talk show on another platform, or upload it somewhere for people to listen to it again. Mixlr gives you the opportunity to connect your account with SoundCloud, Mixcloud, Dropbox and more, so that you can easily export your shows directly from your showreel.

When you upload your recordings to SoundCloud or Mixcloud, you get access to their embeddable players. This will allow you to add a player containing your recording to your website or app so that fans can listen back there.

Creating a podcast with your recordings

One of the great things about SoundCloud is that every account (including their free option) comes with an RSS feed. An RSS feed allows podcast directories like iTunes or Libsyn to get the latest episodes of your podcast and make them available via their apps. So, once you upload your recording to SoundCloud it will automatically be available as podcast on iTunes. An RRS feed gives you the power to create a podcast series that’s accessible globally. Very cool!

It’s always a good idea to edit the recording of your live broadcast before you upload though…Just don’t forget to turn recording on before you start broadcasting!

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Listen live as non-league Sutton United host Arsenal in the FA Cup, with commentary from comedian Tim Vine.

SUFCtv are regular broadcasters on Mixlr, which they use to provide commentary on the weekly fixtures of Sutton United FC, a non-professional football team based in south west London.

Their next broadcast promises to be something special. Having progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup, the oldest cup competition in the sport, Sutton United – with an average attendance of 1,500 – will host the famous Arsenal FC, a team which makes hundreds of millions of pounds a year and usually sees crowds of over 60,000 at their home games. After defeating several professional teams in the FA Cup already – including Wimbledon AFC and Leeds United FC, a team who have been crowned champions of England three times – Sutton are relishing the prospect of tonight’s game with Arsenal.

For tonight’s broadcast, regular presenter Tom Mitchell will again by joined British comedian Tim Vine, better known for his appearances on the BBC and ITV. They’ve already provided some amazing entertainment (check out this showreel recording of the last few minutes of the Wimbledon game!) and we’ve no doubt there’s more of the same in store tonight.

To join them for the broadcast, tune in on Mixlr via SUFCtv’s livepage, or with our iOS or Android apps – just search for ‘SUFCtv’.

Kick off is at 7.55pm UK time.

Come on The U’s!

Desktop app v.28 out now

One of the trickiest aspects of broadcasting is setting up your audio software and equipment to talk to each other. Some time ago we introduced AudioLink as a way to send live audio directly from external applications to Mixlr. The feature makes it easier to connect Skype, GarageBand, Audacity, Traktor and many more, allowing you almost complete versatility with your audio setup. This release makes the AudioLink feature even more reliable to use in all the operating systems we usually support (see below for a full list).

In case you’ve missed previous updates of the app:

  • It’s now easier to find your broadcast recordings so you can edit and put all those final touches on them before uploading to share with your listeners.
  • It’s even easier to update to the latest version with a built-in mechanism which notifies you whenever there is a new version available. This way you can download the latest version available directly from the app.
  • It’s possible to monitor your channels individually so you can monitor and adjust the volume levels to your playlist and microphone separately or hear the other person at the end of a Skype conversation without an echo.
  • Numerous bug fixes and small improvements have been made which contribute towards making everyone’s lives a little bit better.

This latest version of the app is supported on all the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Windows Vista (SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP3)
  • Mac OS X 10.6+

This is the most stable version we’ve released to date. Updating from older versions is easy, so don’t worry – your settings and audio configuration will remain the same after you update. If you haven’t already, download the new version for Windows or Mac and please get in touch if you have any feedback.

Mixlr worldwide

Did you know there are only 195 countries in the world, and Mixlr is already being used in 174 of them? We’ve almost got the full A to Z – in January we had people broadcasting from places ranging from Aruba to Zambia.

Last month the USA was the busiest, with 16% of broadcasters going live stateside, while in third place, just south of the border, was Mexico with 5%. Picking up silver was Egypt on 7%.

Further afield we regularly see broadcasts from Belize to Belarus, Libya to Latvia, and Switzerland to Swaziland. We’re seeing more and more broadcasters in places of all shapes and sizes, from giants as big as Russia to islands as small as Malta.

We’re still missing a few places, so if you know anyone from Liechtenstein, San Marino or Monaco we’d love to hear from them and help them get broadcasting.

Everyone is welcome! Sign up and get started with Mixlr today.

New desktop app out now

We released v27 for Windows and Mac earlier this week. Perhaps the most important change has been to make it much easier to access your live broadcast recordings.

As you might already be aware, every broadcast you make is recorded to your hard drive so you can archive or share it later. We understand you might want to edit it before you share, so we’ve made it much easier to find your recording after you’ve finished every broadcast.

From your recordings window simply click “Show” on any item in the list, and Mixlr will open up the folder where the recording is located on your computer and even highlight the file for you. Magic? Not really, but still very awesome. Now you can take your recording, edit it, and put all those final touches on your broadcast before you upload it to your favourite services.

Maybe you want to trim, or make a short clip to share on social media. Perhaps you want to upload your live podcast episode to iTunes, put your last live gig on Soundcloud or last DJ set on Mixcloud. Or even share your awesome talk show on another platform, or simply archive it. It’s just that bit easier to get started with your recorded file once you’ve finished broadcasting. Just don’t forget to turn recording on before you start broadcasting!

A few extra things we’ve changed behind the scenes:

  • Blocking listeners is now possible directly from the listener list without having the chat window of the desktop app open
  • We’ve corrected the broadcast category list to avoid duplicate categories – although we like Jazz as much as everyone else, there was no reason to list it twice!
  • We’ve also replaced some playlist seek bar buttons with more visually accurate and higher contrast icons to denote skipping a track forward or backward more accurately, as well as a bigger play / pause button

If you haven’t updated already, download the new version of the app for Windows or Mac and do get in touch if you have any feedback.

What is a Live Stream URL? And how to make the most of it.

Your live stream URL is a unique web address, which carries your live audio stream every time you broadcast (For the technically minded, it’s a 128kbps MP3 stream, Icecast compatible, and will work with almost all browsers and listening clients). It’s a flagship Mixlr Pro feature which gives you total control over creating a unique listening experience, and deciding where your live audio can be heard online.

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You’ll find your live stream URL in your user settings. Although this humble URL might not look like much, it’s essential if you want to go away and build your own listening experience. If you’re already a Pro user, the next time you go live, try copying and pasting your live stream URL to your browser to see it working in its most basic form.

Add your live stream to your own website.

The advantage of creating a custom player is that you can change how it looks and behaves to fit perfectly with your own brand identity. Apply your own design assets, add more advanced controls, and choose to play automatically when a user visits your website. When you build your own player, it’s all totally up to you.

Add your live stream to your own mobile app.

For a fully tailored listening experience, build your own app powered by your Mixlr live stream URL. This unlocks unlimited potential to build richer interactions with your audience, gather your listener’s contact details, add your own chat, Twitter feed or Facebook timeline, and take control of who tunes in.

Even add your live stream to third party services like TuneIn.

Grow your listener audience by submitting your station to TuneIn. It’s as easy as copying and pasting your live stream URL to the TuneIn directory. Once approved, up to 50 million monthly listeners will have access to your stream. Your live stream URL is compatible with many third-party radio directories, some with millions of users –  all potential new listeners for your live audio!

Now you know a bit more about what’s possible with a live stream URL, why not read more about all the other advanced features available with Mixlr Pro.

 

 

Your improved listener stats

Stats help you understand your listeners, and provide insights into how well your broadcasts are performing. We want your stats to be as clear and consistent as possible. That’s why, over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been hard at work improving the stats we deliver.

Broadcast stats

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We’ve improved the email you get when you complete a broadcast. This now gives you a complete roundup of your live show, including the title, start date in your local time zone, the duration, the category you used, and your artwork.

  • ‘Total listens’  (the total number of times your broadcasts have been connected to) is now displayed in your stats emails in addition to your Livepage.
  • We’ve removed ‘Peak listeners’ (the maximum number of concurrent listeners that you had at a specific point in time during your broadcast) to avoid confusion with ‘unique listeners’.

Weekly stats

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Your weekly stats email now gives you a summary of all the broadcasts you’ve completed that week. This includes your total time on air, and the categories you used.

From your weekly stats email you can now jump straight to your stats dashboard for a more in-depth look into that time period (Pro plans only).

Advanced stats

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The advanced stats dashboard is currently only available to Pro customers, but we’re working on making selected data available to all customers in the near future. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback and comments on what else you would like to see in your listener stats. Feel free to contact us with any questions / feedback.

New feature: Broadcast audio from Skype, GarageBand, Traktor using Mixlr AudioLink

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More and more Mixlr broadcasters are integrating Skype calls into their shows – it’s a great way to connect with the audience and add original content to a broadcast. Today we’re launching a new feature which makes it even easier to mix external audio from programs like Skype into Mixlr.

Version 20 of the Mixlr Desktop app introduces Mixlr AudioLink. You can select Mixlr AudioLink as an output in your audio software – Skype, GarageBand, Audacity – and with a few clicks route audio from your favourite programs to Mixlr, ready to broadcast live.

Download version 20 here, and check out the links below on how to use Mixlr AudioLink to broadcast a Skype call.

Skype for Windows

Skype for Mac

As always we’d love to hear your feedback on this new feature. Please leave a comment below.

New feature: monitor your channels individually

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At Mixlr we’re always looking for ways to improve the broadcasting experience. Today we’re pleased to announce version 19 of the Mixlr Desktop app which enables broadcasters to monitor channels separately for the first time. This is a feature a lot of people have been asking for so we’re really happy to roll it out.

Broadcasters will now be able to select and de-select monitoring for input channels individually both before and during broadcast, allowing you to review only the inputs you need to adjust.

Having enabled monitoring, simply click the monitoring icon for the channel you need to toggle on or off. This means you can now monitor your playlist as you broadcast without hearing your microphone, and when broadcasting Skype calls over Mixlr you will be able to monitor what your callers are saying without hearing yourself: no more lag or echo in your headphones!

Download the new version here. It’s available now for all broadcasters.

We always love to hear from the Mixlr community, so let us know what you think of this feature – or anything else! Contact us here.

Happy broadcasting!

Mixlr Tech, our new blog, is here.

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at Mixlr?

What goes into building a popular live broadcasting service?

Mixlr Tech is a new channel where our team will be sharing some of what we learn about coding, product design, scalability, infrastructure, and lots more besides.

You’ll be able to read interviews with Mixlr’s development team, insightful articles, and plenty of technical discussion.

You can find Mixlr Tech at http://tech.mixlr.com.