Goals

  • Practice piano with a backing track, instead of a boring metronome
  • Record songs so I can share with friends & family.
  • Learn to sing, so I have more fun at karaoke.
  • Jam with musician friends at my house
  • Play music to friends while on phone calls
  • Record jam sessions with my friends

Equipment

Hardware

Computer Desk

πŸ’» Computer

⌨️ Computer Keyboard

⬛️ Computer Trackpad

πŸ–₯ Computer Video Monitor

Video Monitor

Video Monitor Cables

Video Adapters

Connect HDMI cable into Macbook’s USB-C port

🚎 USB Hubs

USB-C Hub

Ports:

  • 1 x HDMI Port
  • 3 x USB-A Ports
  • 1 x SD Card-reader
  • 1 x Mini SD Card-reader
  • 1 x Ethernet Port

USB-A Hub & Switch

πŸ”€ Audio Interface

🎧 Headphones

πŸ”ˆ Monitor Speakers

Musical Instruments

🎹 MIDI Controller (Piano)

🎸 Bass Guitar

Software

πŸŽ› Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

πŸ”€ Audio Routing

Pass audio from one application to another

πŸ“² Video Compositing, Recording & Streaming

  • OBS Studio - Free, open-source software for video recording and live streaming.

Video Player

  • VLC - free, open-source cross-platform multimedia player and that plays most multimedia files
  • QuickTime Player - record your screen, edit movies, capture mobile device’s screen

Services

🎡 Music Services

Setting Up

Setup Desk

  • Assemble Standing Desk
  • Connect Standing Desk Power Cable to A/C Power Strip

Setup Power

Setup Computer

Connect USB-C Hub

  • Plug USB-C Hub into Computer (USB-C Port #1)
    • βœ…The Computer now has an additional 3 x USB-A Ports

Connect Computer to Power

  • Using USB-C Cable, Connect Computer Charger to USB-C Hub (USB-C Port)
    • βœ…The Computer now has power

Connect USB-A Hub

  • Using USB-A to USB Micro Cable, plug USB-A Hub & Switch to USB-C Hub (USB-A Port #1). The USB-A Hub & Switch now has power.
  • Using USB-A Male-to-Male Cable, plug USB-A Hub & Switch to USB-C Hub (USB-A Port #2).
    • βœ…The Computer now has an additional 4 x USB-A Ports

πŸ–₯ Display Monitor

  • Using HDMI to USB-C Adapter & HDMI Cable, connect Video Display to to Computer (USB-C Port #2)

⌨️ Keyboard

  • Using USB-C to Lightning cable, plug Apple Magic Keyboard into Computer (USB-C Port #3)
    • Issue:
      • Need another USB port & Lightning cable Apple Magic Trackpad
  • Plug iPhone into Computer (USB-A or USB-C Port) - Issue: - Need another USB port

πŸ”ˆπŸ”€ Setup Audio Interface

  • Find a central spot for Audio Interface
  • Using Audio Interface Power Cable connect Audio Interface to A/C Power Strip
    • The Audio Interface now has power
  • Set the Monitor Volume Control Knob on Audio Interface to 1/3 Volume, or to your liking
  • Set the Headphone Volume Control Knobs on Audio Interface to 1/3 Volume, or to your liking

πŸ”ˆ Setup Speakers

  • Using A/C Power Cable, connect Monitor Speakers to A/C Power Strip
    • Monitor Speakers are now powered
  • Connect Monitor Speakers to Audio Interface
    • Using TRS Cable, Connect Left Monitor Speakers to Audio Interface (Output Port #1)
    • Using TRS Cable, Connect Right Monitor Speakers to Audio Interface (Output Port #2)

🎧 Setup Headphones

Headset with Microphone

  • Attach Headphone Hanger to Desk
  • Connect Headset with Microphone to USB-A Switch & Extender (Port #2)

Headphones

  • Using 3.5mm Female to 6.35mm Male Adapter, plug Headphones into Audio Adapter

Setup Musical Instruments

🎹 Setup MIDI Controller

  • Mount MIDI Controller on Keyboard Stand
  • Connect Sustain Pedal to MIDI Controller
  • Connect MIDI Controller Power Cable to A/C Power Strip
  • Connect MIDI Controller’s MIDI cable to USB-A Switch & Extender (USB-A Port #1)
    • The MIDI Controller is now available as a MIDI Input to the Computer

🎼 Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

  • Install Apple Logic Pro
  • Verify that MIDI Controller is available to Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) as a MIDI Input

πŸ”€ Audio Routing

Install Audio Routing Software

  • Download & Install LoopBack

Configure a Composite Virtual Interface

  • Inputs
    • Headset & Mic
    • Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

🎦 Video Recording & Streaming

  • Install OBS Studio

How to…

🎹🎸πŸ₯ Practice Piano & Guitar with a Backing Track

πŸŽ΅βž‘οΈπŸ“ž Stream a Live Music Performance to a friend on a Audio Call

🎡➑️πŸ–₯ Stream a Live Music Performance to a friend on a Video Call

πŸŽ΅πŸ”΄ Record a Jam Session with Friends

🎡➑️🎧 Send Recorded Music Audio to a friend

🎡➑️πŸ–₯ Send Recorded Music Video to a friend

🎡➑️🌍 Stream a Live Music performance to a Public Video Streaming Service

Resources

πŸ“š Books


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