The live stream mix on it’s own can sound one-dimensional and lifeless. It’s almost like you took the room mix and stripped it of all its energy.
Good news is, there are three things you can do to overcome this: reverb, panning, and ambient mics.
In this post, let’s focus on adding reverb to your live stream mix because it’s going to make a big difference.
Live Stream Reverb
To keep things simple, we will use the same reverb you are using in your main mix. If you are not yet using reverb in your main mix, I have another post on how to get that all set up:
Adding Main Mix Reverb to Live Stream
To add your main mix reverb to your live stream, all you need to do is send your FX returns to your live stream bus. Here’s how:
- Navigate to the FX Returns on your mixer
- Select one of your FX returns and navigate to the sends tab
- Set your live stream bus to “Pre Fader”
- Turn up the level to about -5dB
Repeat this process for all of the FX Returns you are currently using in your main mix.
Keep in mind, there are two FX returns for every kind of reverb you are using. The reason is, reverb is created in stereo – so you have a left and right FX return for each reverb.
If you set these up the way I recommend, you’ll have 6 different FX returns you’ll be sending to your live stream mix. You can learn about the reverbs I recommend here.
The Right Amount of Reverb
Now, simply listen to your live stream mix and adjust the amount of reverb you are sending to the live stream mix.
If your mixer has the SENDS ON FADER option, that’s definitely the easiest way to do this.
- Tap the Sends on Fader button
- Select your live stream bus
- Then navigate to your FX returns and mix appropriately using the faders
Importance of the Room Mix
This is going to make a huge difference! But keep in mind, the live stream mix is a reflection of what’s going on in your auditorium, so you’ll want to make sure your room mix is the best it can be.
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