BR Live is an audio platform used by radio stations to allow remote audio connections for presenters, guests and outside locations. If you are asked to participate in a radio show, discussion or recording via BR Live, the station will first send you an email (or possible just a joining link & code) to allow you to connect via your PC or Mac using a supported web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge).
This article will show you how to connect via your invitation email as well as what to expect once you are connected.
Using your invitation
If you are invited to participate in a radio show or discussion via BR Live, follow these steps:
- Check your inbox for your invite email.
- Open the email and then click on the Connect button in the centre of the email.
This will take you directly to the audio room and pre-enter your unique access code.
- If that link does not work (some email clients will prevent links opening browser windows) then make a note of the access code and then visit broadcast.radio/live and select Use Code.
On broadcast.radio/live, select the Use Code option and then type in the access code from your email.
- Either method will result in you arriving at the same page.
If you clicked on the link in the email then your access code will be pre-populated so you just need to click on the arrow to the right of the access code to enter the audio room.
If you had to enter the address manually then type in the access code and click on the same arrow button to enter the audio room.
- Next you will see the Join Room window which allows you to enter your name as well as select the audio devices you wish to use. Start by adding Your Name.
- Next you need to select your audio device for Input (your microphone) and Output (your headphones). If you have not used BR Live before, when you click on the drop down to select either Input or Output device, your browser will likely pop up a message asking you to allow access to your microphone. You need to click on Allow to continue.
Please note that this message box may vary with different browsers but the meaning will be the same.
Once you have allowed access, you can select the audio input and output devices you want to use from the drop down list.
We strongly recommend using a good quality headset or microphone / headphone combination as using speakers could lead to feedback.
You can also use a mixing desk if you prefer in which case you will need to connect the input to the 'cleanfeed' output from the mixer and the output to a suitable fader channel on the mixer.
Once you are happy with your audio device selection, click on Connect. This will launch the BR Live Panel in a floating window, this will allow you to manage your audio session.
Using the BR Live Panel
Once you have selected your audio devices and clicked on the Connect button, the BR Live Panel will open in a pop-up window and the presenter / producer will see that you are waiting in the 'green room'. This is a waiting area that can be used to queue multiple guests. You will see that the central status on the BR Live Panel will indicate that you are waiting in the 'green room'.
Once the presenter is ready to speak to you, they will admit you from the green room and the central status will change to show which 'channel' you are currently connected to and whether your microphone is on or not!
If you see Talking Off Air (greyed out) that means you are on the Talk channel which allows you to talk to the presenter and other guests without your voice being broadcast. But if the letters appear 'greyed out' (as above) then your microphone is currently muted and others on the Talk channel cannot hear you.
As soon as the presenter or producer turns your microphone on, the central text will change to Talking (Of Air) in red to indicate that your microphone is now on and anyone on the 'talk' channel can hear you. Please note that there is no way for you to turn your own microphone on, that has to be done by the presenter or producer at the station end. Remember that the 'talk' channel allows you to talk to the presenter and other guests but your audio is not being broadcast 'on air'.
When the presenter / producer is ready for you to be 'live' on air, they will switch you to the 'live' channel and the central status will change to Mic Live (greyed out) This indicates that you have now been moved to the 'live' channel ready to be 'on air' but your microphone is still muted.
Finally, when the presenter is ready to put you 'on air' they will switch your microphone on at the station end and your status will change to Mic Live in red which indicates you microphone is now on and your contribution is being included in the broadcast or recording.
Other BR Live Panel options
In general you should not need to do much with the BR Live Panel as the presenter will control your microphone at the studio end but there are options to control the local 'monitoring' volume as well as mute your microphone if required. The diagram below outlines the functions of the BR Live Panel.
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