Luci 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 gathering, 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!