For one speaker we will use the Toulouse JUG’s own audio recording hardware which is composed of a Sennheiser FM transmitter and receiver.
The FM receiver is plugged to my MacBook Pro via an XLR
-> 3.5mm jack.
But the MacBook Pro does not recognize the microphone as is by just plugging the XLR cable in.
I’ve followed this video and bought a “TRRS Cable” to plug the XLR cable:
Note: the headphones are there to monitor the audio input while recording
And then it worked:
Note: Ignore the “Two Mics” thing for the moment.
We can record the audio track of the talk directly from Final Cut Pro X (the software I use for post-processing and final video export).
Simply start a new “Voiceover recording”:
Select the external microphone as the
Input and heck the “Monitor
On” feature if you
want to monitor the incoming audio feed.
99 two problems when doubling the number of speakers:
So we need another microphone, but the Toulouse JUG only owns one Sennheiser set (headset mic + transmitter + receiver)…
Fortunately, a member of the JUG is able to lend us more audio and video recording hardware. One such piece of equipment is another audio recording set (lavalier mic + transmitter + receiver + some kind of decoder/amplifier, IDK) which is plugged to the receiving computer via a USB-A cable (in this case, my MacBook Pro via a USB-C hub).
First, repeat the process above to setup the first microphone, and read on to record both simultaneously.
When plugged to the MacBook Pro, the new microphone is automatically detected:
Great but FCPX still doesn’t support multiple simultaneous recordings.
… Well, remember the “Two Mics” thingy? Now’s the time to talk about it.
To bypass this limitation of FCPX I use GarageBand. But in order to use it, as I’ve found in this video, we must first create a new “Aggregate Device”.
Open Spotlight and type “midi”:
Click on the
+ sign in the bottom-left corner:
And select “Create Aggregate Device”:
Then make sure both the “external microphone” (the one we plugged in when we had only one speaker) and “USB Audio Codec” (the one we plugged in via USB just above) have their inputs selected.
I have also selected the external headphones (the ones plugged at the other end of the TRRS cable) and the built-in speakers for good measure. I honestly don’t know if it’s useful or not, but at least it does no harm.
Then give this “Aggregate Device” a name, such as “Two Mics” for instance, and you should have the same config as we saw above:
Now go to GarageBand.
From GarageBand you will have to open the settings and switch the default devices to your newly created “Two Mics”:
Now add a new track that will record the first microphone, select “Input 1”:
And then add a new track that will record the second microphone, select “Input 3:
Why “Input 1” and “Input 3”? I have no idea, but it works :thumbsup:
Give your tracks names, it’s more pleasant.
And finally, with your two tracks in place, go to the
Track(s?) top menu and select
“Configure Track Header…” to display the little record control to each of your tracks:
Selecting the menu should show this popup where you can select the “Record Enable” checkbox:
If you want your recording to get both input simultaneously, Shift + Select both tracks’ little red record buttons.
And you’re good to go!
The Duracell Powercheck are actually pretty good for that matter:
As their name suggest they have this little “Power check” which kinda looks like a colored bar chart that lights up when you touch the right spot, and tells you how much is left before it’s empty.
Until we change our equipment to something with a Lithium-ion batteries… ?