This covers a system to live stream and video record all the concert events at the largest music college in the nation. 20 robotic cameras across 6 concert halls, automatically streaming on a custom-built web platform, built over the course of several years. Half is AV, and the other in web technology, but both are required to make it all work. My role in this covers camera to screen, from designing the audio and video systems, to writing code for the website and encoders. …


This is an overview of policy and rights relating to streaming and recording at the university I work at. Of all the questions I get since we began streaming in 2009, the question of how we handle rights is the most common.

First the disclaimers. Since this involves legal issues you should seek advice from an actual lawyer for your own organization. You should establish a dialog with legal professionals for advice, and also because they would represent you incase of a challenge. This is also written by me personally and not on behalf of the university. …


Before and After switching to a waveform player.


The University of North Texas College of Music has an online audio and video archive for distribution of student recitals and larger ensemble concerts. The main purpose of this archive is to get media to people as quickly as possible.

Our users ranging from college students on their mobile phones or small notebooks to much older and varying technical competency. If users can’t find what they are looking for within a few pages I get an email asking where to find their event. Many were more than inconvenienced at the idea of dropping DVDs and CDs in favor of some…


How I automate rehearsal recording delivery using a Denon and Dropbox.

This lovely interface is courtesy of the Denon DN-700, runs about $1,000. It is a website that allowed full control over the unit. On a unique IP network like what we have at the University of North Texas I’m able to pull this pretty thang up on my iPhone and monitor, stop and start recordings. There are 7 units throughout the college and all connected to one Dante network and over analog directly from a microphone preamp, like our Grace m802. …


Moving recording, streaming and live sound of one of the largest publicly enrolled music colleges in the nation to the Dante network.

You’ve seen articles about concert tours and live system installs that use mostly static Dante routing and a few devices. This is not that kind of article. This is a 1700 channel, 70 devices, in multiple locations install.

About UNT

The University of North Texas College of Music presents about 1,000 events a year; more than half of those are recorded. They range from multi-camera video shoots, live streaming, classical recitals, and jazz combos, to big name performers with large technical riders. Many know UNT as a jazz school and it does have a large jazz program with just under 20 ensembles, part of the 70 in the college. …


A music college recording department moving from discs to downloads & streaming, without being burned at the stake.

First published January of 2015, updated June of 2016.

I believe this is a huge hurdle many music college recording departments are struggling with as most engineers aren’t familiar with software development, and internal web teams are not equipped to handle these larger web apps. The solution here will involve learning some amount of web development, but not nearly as much as some might think.

I run the recording department at the University of North Texas (UNT) College of Music, one of the largest enrolled music colleges in the nation. …


Having done live streaming for several years on a weekly basis I have come up with a few bits I find work well.

A live stream is a broadcast. The production should feel like TV.

Before

Reminders

A system that a visitor can sign up to be notified when the event has started either though email, text message or OS notifications. Visitors often visit a page early, mostly through social networking posts made hours before the event. At UNT that number can be half or more of our viewing audience. …


Photo by Erin Lancaster

At the university studio I work in making recordings and live streaming concerts, I have a window facing the front patron entrance to the largest concert hall. It doesn’t take much observation to notice what piece people came to see by how many bodies are moving past the window.

At UNT I run one of the largest music college live streaming systems in the world. 70 events a year, in our 5th year. The quantity of statistics and trends over this period can be overwhelming, but there has been one trend we decided to do something about a few years…

Blair Liikala

I manage a recording department for a large music college. Audio, video gear, web streaming and web development.

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