Meet Luci Live

by | May 24, 2013 | ISDN, Technical, Technology | 8 comments

lucilivelogoLuci Live is an app for iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android.  Don’t ask me where they got the name, but here’s what it does, according to the website:  “…LUCI LIVE transforms your PC or Smartphone into a high-quality, live internet broadcasting source. With the availability of mobile or fixed-line internet access and the use of LUCI LIVE, the cost of live broadcasting is practically zero…”

The full application for the iPhone is $350!!!  But wait, there’s a “lite” version for only $30, and the difference is that the Lite version: “…removes the record, edit and ftp functions from its big sister, and limits your codec choice to the slightly lower quality G.722. But in all other ways, it echoes the pro interface of Luci Live, providing an extremely easy to use application for budget broadcasters who need simplicity in both setup and operation…”

“That’s great, Dave, but I’m not a broadcaster, and don’t need to send a live signal anywhere as a voice-actor,” you might say.

Hold on there, Bosco… check this out from the grand poobah of ISDN, Digifon’s Dave Immer:

For sheer coolness, it’s hard to beat this little IP codec software app. It’s well designed, easy to use and, with sufficient wireless bandwidth coupled with the right hardware IP codec on the studio side, will provide a stable connection for news LuciLive_iPhonegathering, auditions and production when voice talent is in the field. Now for a few technical details:

1. Since the iPhone/iPad is a mobile device, its connections are wireless – either wi-fi or cellular. I have tried it on a 4G LTE cellular network and it works well – often better than wi-fi.

2. While the on-board mic of your mobile device delivers passable audio, to get studio quality you will need a studio quality mic. If you use a condenser mic that requires phantom power I suggest the handy little Mic Port Pro plus a Plugable USB Hub, which requires AC power. Admittedly this diminishes the portability of the system.

3. Luci Live transmit protocols include SIP and RTP. The SIP implementation needs work, but the RTP protocol operates great with Musicam’s Suprima which features a special Luci Live setting.

I have no idea what SIP or RTP are, but I’m guessing it means Luci Live can sub for an ISDN connection from your phone, in the wild!  How this is accomplished will require me to check in with Immer, but I’m tempted.

I realize this is an extremely geeky blog for only a few dedicated gear-heads, but the point here is that even the most complicated and hi-res audio connections can now be accomplished through a smartphone (works on BlackBerry too).  I dunno… I find that amazing.

Just yesterday in this blog,  I recommended a smartphone as essential equipment for those who are serious about keeping up with their social media content.  Now, this!

Luci Live download page for Apple, Windows, and Android

Luci Live Lite download page for Android
Luci Live Lite download page for Mac
Luci Live Lite download page for Windows

Luci Live for iPhone/iPad

Luci Live Lite for iPhone/iPad

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8 Comments

  1. Noah Aliianse

    Hi Dave

    That is a great review, we have tried LUCI before it has a great UI but we had great difficulty connecting over 3G with constant dropouts during our remotes. We approached the folks at Tieline a hardware codec manufacturer and trialled their ReportIT Enterprise and we have had consistently great results it appears to handle the 3G network and it’s been great for interviewing celebrities..They also have a neat iPhone XLR interface Check it out:

    http://www.tieline.com/products/G5/Report-IT-Application-for-iPhone

    Kind regards
    Noah

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    • CourVO

      Noah,

      Your comment was lost in the ether for a couple of days while I migrated my blog to a new server, but I want to thank you for adding to the conversation. I’ve been getting lots of questions about real-world experience with “Luci”…and it’s in short supply, so your comments mean a lot.

      Thanks!

      Dave Courvoisier

      Reply
  2. Julio Perez

    By the above statement that “…Luci Live transmit protocols include SIP and RTP…” I am guessing the developers had technicians working on VoIP telephony configurations in mind with respect to SIP, which is Session Initiation Protocol and used in VoIP. Additional information can be found at URL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Session_Initiation_Protocol.

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    • CourVO

      Julio,

      Thanks for your comment on “Luci Live”. It got lost for a few days while I migrated my blog to a new server, but it’s there now. Thanks for visiting and chiming in!

      Dave Courvoisier

      Reply
  3. Tom Morton

    Hi – I broadcast a 3-hour music show, three nights a week, from home (in the Shetland Islands, UK) on the national network BBC Radio Scotland. Music is played in from BBC Scottish HQ at Pacific Quay in Glasgow, so it’s just my voice that has to come down the line. Primary route is ISDN, which is point to point and reliable, giving uncontested, if limited bandwidth. But we have been using Luci Live as a backup, running it constantly while on air, a separate mic ( Rode NT1-A) connected to it (on iPad, slotted into an Alesis iO Dock). This is using ordinary BT Business broadband wi-fi, often with other family members using it as well for web browsing.

    The Luci Live sound quality is excellent – better than ISDN. BBC technical management still prefer the security of ISDN, however, so it remains our primary method. We did suffer an ISDN loss on one occasion for an hour, and broadcast without incident using Luci. The higher quality was noticed by at least some listeners.

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    • CourVO

      Tom,

      This is EXCELLENT feedback… thanks for this confirmation of Luci Live. Are you using the free version, or the more expensive one?

      I appreciate your stopping by and commenting.

      Dave Courvoisier

      Reply
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  5. Sam

    what is best microphone and headset for lucilive?

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