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So many issues, so much learning.

So here's the breakdown of what happened;

Issue 1: On the computer that handles the audio for my stream, ProTools HD 10 was not able to have audio effects on "active" channels (ex. I couldn't use distortion on my vocals, or add/remove delay on the fly), my computer was struggling to keep up because it is 8 years old and my web browsers can no longer open a lot of websites, including Twitch, because the I am running Mac OSX 10.7.6 and newer websites are not compatible

Solution to audio issue: Use Ableton Live using Re-Wire to ProTools

Issue 2: I was using Mac OSX 10.7.6 which was not compatible with Ableton Live 10

Solution: Upgrade to Mac OSX 10.11 (Well Dual-Boot into 10.11 - Just in case I need to revert)

Issue 3: Ableton worked! But... not with my Avid OMNI HD interface directly so I needed to re-wire through Pro Tools HD 10, which was the plan all along. But... Pro Tools HD 10 was not compatible with Mac OSX 10.11, only Mac O SX10.7-10.8

Solution: Upgrade to ProTools 12

Issue 4: So I upgraded and it actually opened. Yay! New audio features! But... ProTools 12 would not see my AVID OMNI HD. So, after back in forth with AVID customer service I discovered I needed ProTools 12 Ultimate which is $1300... American... per year. What? That's crazy! ... I said to AVID. So, after some perseverance I got my money back for ProTools 12

Solution: Just use Ableton Live 10 with my Waves plugins and use the OMNI HD as a "generic 2 input interface" 

Issue 5: My older versions of Waves Diamond bundle wouldn't work with Ableton 10 Live.

Solution: Upgrade my Waves bundle

Issue 6: Because I was using "generic 2 input interface" I didn't have an option route my audio out the AVID OMNI HD fiber connection to my streaming computer

Solution: Give up and go back to the original stream set-up. Good thing I dual-booted instead of wiping the old OSX. But now I have a copy of Ableton Live 10 I can't use. Boo-urns

Issue 6: Since I upgraded my Waves bundle it doesn't work any more with ProTools HD 10. But, I just want to get back streaming. So I get ready to stream with no audio effects and... My bluetooth stopped working completely. No mouse, no keyboard. 

Solution: Scour the internet for the issue. I discovered basically deleting the device drivers and re-installing for my keyboard and mouse fixed it. 

Issues still pending:

  • ProTools HD 10 is great for mixing, but not for live audio.

  • I have a copy of Ableton Live 10 I am not using but it does what I want for audio

  • My computer won't load most websites

  • I want to continue using my very expensive audio interface, AVID OMNI HD but it won't work with Ableton Live

So, I get the idea to run Ableton Live on my streaming computer, a much newer but less beefy Mac Mini. Now I need to do is get the audio out of the vocal booth, through the OMNI HD, through ProTools, out the OMNI HD, into my Mac Mini, which was only 2 channels of optical into a small USB audio interface. Then, I would need to send just vocals in the left channel and just guitar in the right, split them into mono, connect them to Ableton Live, add effects and then create a path to OBS. But... this would make switching between Electric and Acoustic more difficult and I could no longer connect my phone for backing tracks.

Is it worth it? No. How do I know? Because I tried. And it took a long time. And each step took longer than the next. AND it was complicated and not easily replicated. 

After alot of thought I decided to use the stream computer for everything. Which meant I needed a new interface because the OMNI HD connects using PCI and the Mac Mini does not have a PCI connection and without upgrading to ProTools Ultimate I would be in the same boat. So I got a used Focusrite Scarlette 18i20. And after about 2 hours of set-up I am happy to say everything works! Well, except my Waves Diamond bundle which I need support from Waves. But I can actually do all the things I want to do. 

I'm going to try another new format as well. I am going to take requests again but will randomize what key the song will be in to add some fun and excitement.  The good news is while I have been away from streaming I have been practicing a lot and reading about vocal health and practices. I think I am improving. 

6 months later… This post is getting too long!

I thought it was working, I thought I was streaming some good ass music. I was wrong.

Turns out I have been streaming only one microphone for the past 8 or so streams. breh. Time to upgrade again!


April 27th 2018

I had a big post written up but it got deleted. I want to get streaming and not waste another half an hour. Here's the quick version:

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Now accepting Crypto Currencies. Use this link to setup for your channel.

Then I wrote a huge article on how to make lots of money really easy, but oh well I'm sure you can figure it out. 

Songlist is in my head. 

April 24th 2018

Alright, Alright, Alright. Excited to be switching it up to Tuesdays and Fridays. I wanted to get down to the studio at 6:00 to start the stream at 7:00, but Gramps got a flat tire and I had to pick him up/drop him off at Costco. Gramps is my wife's (Michele) Dad. He lives with us if he isn't in Fort McMurray in which he goes back to tomorrow. 

Here's the breakdown on why the switch to Tuesdays/Fridays. Michele teaches yoga on Monday and Thursday nights, the plan has been for her to teach 5:15-7:30, come home at 8:00 and then I go stream. But, usually she needs to pick up something on the way home and we chat for a bit so I don't get into the studio until 9:00. Then I need to write one of these amazing blogs, set-up the stream, make a song list, warm up a bit, stretch, go pee etc. so I don't start until 10:00. I like to stream for about 2 hours before I turn into a zombie. But I'm usually exhausted from the day of waking up at 5:30 when Michele goes to yoga, getting ready for work, waking the kids up, working 7:30-4:06 (Government hours), working out at lunch, coming home to watch the kids so Michele can get ready to teach, feeding the kids, house work, bathing the kids, reading and putting them to bed (surprise, surprise it takes a long ass time to get 3 five year olds to get to sleep) Then either clean up more, play guitar or play the best video game of all time (Fortnite). Also, every Sunday I have soccer so I am usually extra tired Mondays. The other downside to streaming so late is I don't get enough sleep for Tuesday and Friday which throws off the whole week because then I end up falling asleep at 9:00 P.M those nights and don't play guitar (which I try to do everyday to keep my skills in check :)

So, with Tuesdays and Fridays I don't have to put the kids to bed (which is really the most exhausting thing out of that whole day, but I do like hanging out before bed time), I'm not tired from soccer, I get more regular sleep for the whole week, if I need to extend the stream it's not past midnight, and I increase the North American audience by not streaming at 2:00 in the morning for the East Coast. 

In other news this week, the new A Perfect Circle Album came out, which is one of my favourite bands. The album is really amazing. IMO they have been in a slump since the first two albums. But then they totally redeemed themselves. I also got a rowing machine for super cheap. It's a 2001 Concept 2, the fan and track work perfectly so all I needed to do was upgrade the computer and handle. The parts are on the way, I will post to Instagram when ready. I also went on the first Mountain Bike ride of the year today because the snow is finally gone! Woot Woot. Alright, I'm going to skip a song list for today and just go with the flow because it's almost 7:15 and I still have work to do. Thanks for making it this far. 


April 9th 2018

Happy Monday night y'all. I had a great weekend with the family, the kids starting swimming lessons. I got lots done around the house. Had a good workout on Sunday. And we finished Santa Clarita Diet which is really funny, I highly recommend it.

I was so excited to stream all day, but now I feel super tired. Waking up at 5:30 to walk the dog, working all day, making dinner, doing house work, bathing the kids, putting them to bed and getting ready to stream takes it's toll but I will prevail... hopefully. I really need your help making Twitch the full time gig. Then I get to have fun streaming and you get to hang out with me more. Win-Win. So please share the stream wherever you can. 

I listened to a great episode of the Music Community Podcast with Ryan Kairalla. They had some great info about music copyright on Twitch and playing live. I think it would be a great source of info for anyone streaming on Twitch, especially people that play music or have music in the background of your stream. 


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