OpenReel's Professional Audio feature can be enabled when Apple AirPods are connected to an iOS Device via Bluetooth.
Professional Audio Features:
- Allows for free-flowing communication while recording without the need for Hold to Speak.
- Bypasses iOS's Auto Gain Control and allows the Director to change the audio gain manually.
- Disables iOS's Echo Cancellation leading to higher quality recorded audio.
How to Use It:
Have the Subject connect their AirPods to their iOS device and then connect to the Session using the OpenReel 2.0 App.
Once the device has been paired into the Session, and the AirPods are connected to the device, you (the Director) will receive two notifications. The first will alert you that Bluetooth Headphones have been connected to the Subject's device, and the second gives you the option to enable/disable Professional Audio.
A Headphones icon will appear in the Subject preview screen. You can also toggle Professional Audio on/off from here.
Clicking the drop down next to Mode will allow you to select the microphone source. You can choose between the device's Built-In microphones (front, back, bottom), the AirPods Bluetooth microphone, or a compatible External Microphone if one is connected.
Due to hardware limitations, the audio produced by the AirPods Bluetooth microphone is a lower quality. You will receive a Warning notification if you select this microphone. Please do a test recording to make sure you are comfortable with the audio quality if you choose this option.
Enabling Professional Audio bypasses Automatic Gain Control on the iOS device. To control the audio gain, use the slider that appears to the right of the Subject preview screen. Moving the slider up increases the level, and moving it down lowers it.
If the Subject's AirPods disconnect for any reason, the Director will receive a notification and Professional Audio will be disabled. The recording will stop automatically and the device will revert to standard operation.
If the Subject loses the ability to hear or be heard while using Professional Audio, please try the following steps to restore normal operation.
- Have the Subject place their AirPods back in their case until they disconnect from their iOS device, and then place them back in their ears. Once they have reconnected, re-enable Pro Audio in OpenReel.
- If Step 1 does not resolve the issue, with their AirPods still connected, have the Subject choose “Leave Session” and then re-enter. Once they have re-entered, re-enable Pro Audio.