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How to stream your online yoga classes – part 3

So you’ve made it through the REQUIRED equipment. Congratulations!

At this point, you can move on to part 4 where I guide you through how to connect all these things together. However, if you’d like to add a little bit of extra magic to your classes, let’s talk about how to add background music.

Background music is VERY important for creating the right vibe for a class. It helps set the mood and tone of the class, whether it’s upbeat, high intensity or more mellow Yin yoga. There are several ways to add music to a class. I’ll go over a few here:

Cheapest way (but most hassle)

The easiest way to put music over your class is to use Spotify or Apple Music on your Windows PC and then use some software to overlay it over your class. I’ll be covering how to do this in another part as it goes over some other software we need to use. Let’s skip this for now.

Middle of the road

The middle of the road solution is great, it’s simple and allows for future flexibility. For this, I’m going to assume you’re using your iPhone to do classes. Either by live-streaming or by using Zoom.

We need a Mixer & an audio interface.

Mixer

Using a Mixer, we can plug in a microphone and then an Mp3 player and have both audio inputs coming at the same time and tune the volume accordingly. Making sure the music is never too quiet, and never too loud.

Just Mixer 5 (£80)

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Why this is amazing:
1. It has 5 audio inputs. You can plug in a range of different devices; for example 5 microphones, or a few microphones and an MP3 player. You can even send audio through Bluetooth to the mixing desk!
2. Using a cable we can plug it into the audio interface
3. It’s small but also relatively cheap compared to more professional devices!

Mackie Mix5 Mixer (£65)

Why this is recommended:
1. Plenty of inputs and more controls
2. Lots of control options
3. More readily available than the Just Mixer 5
4. Slightly cheaper than the Just Mixer 5

Audio Interface

Line 6 Sonic Port VX Audio Interface with Microphone (£131)

Why this is recommended:
1. Connects to Windows / Mac / iPhone / iPad / Android devices
2. Charges the device while being used (VERY important)
3. Handles a wide range of inputs and will allow us to connect our Mixer above.
4. Don’t need an Apple to Lightning USB3 Camera Adapter to use

Line 6 Sonic Port Audio Interface (£73)

Why this is recommended:

  1. Connects to iPhone or older iPads
  2. Cheaper than the Sonic Port VX
  3. Has the same number of inputs and compatibility with Mixers

Disadvantages:

  1. Cant charge the iPhone
  2. Cant be used with other devices
  3. Should only be used if you’re confident your iPhone wont run out of power during a class and you only want to use an iPhone

How to connect everything

Using this hardware we can connect up the devices to an iPhone or a laptop / desktop PC. Let’s focus on connecting it up to an iPhone for now.

Connecting an iPhone

To do this, we need to use a special adapter that lets you plug in USB devices into the iPhone.

Apple Lightning to USB3 Camera Adapter (£36)

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We can connect the USB from either of those mixers up to the iPhone by using the cable above like so:

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In this picture, we have an MP3 player and microphone attached to the mixer. The USB from the mixer goes to the USB adapter and that is plugged into the iPad (It will work with iPhone too). The adapter then has the power cable plugged in too so that the iPad (or iPhone) can charge at the same time.

You can then plug in some headphones into the Mixer to hear the levels (volume of each audio source) and make sure you can be heard correctly, but the music is also a good volume.

I recommend buying some masking tape and setting with masking tape a few preset volume levels for a different type of music. That way you know the volume will always be correct! The masking tape is essentially used for labelling the desired presets.

Connecting a Laptop (or PC)

Connecting to something other than an Apple iPhone or iPad is a little different but relatively similar. The main difference is you don’t need the lightning to USB adapter. But you may need a USB C to USB adapter if you’re using a new Macbook or a different brand of laptop.

USB C to USB adapter (£7)

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You can use this cable to plug in the mixer if you need it. If not, just plug directly into your laptop or PC and it should work and be recognised as an audio device.

Then you can plug in your microphone and MP3 player just like we showed with the iPhone example and you’re good to go.

I’ll be explaining how to actually stream and use this in the next part.