Roland has announced the GO:LIVECAST live streaming studio for smartphones. The company says that the hardware / app combo contains everything you need to produce and deliver live streams directly from your phone, without the need for a computer or other external gear.
With the GO:MIXER and GO:MIXER PRO, Roland already had two very useful session mixers for smartphones in its portfolio. GO:LIVECAST takes the concept a step further. It not only lets you mix various sound sources, but also provides additional functions like adding titles, triggering sound effects, and more, via the app.
GO:LIVECAST consists of a little hardware console which connects to your smartphone, and a companion app. In addition to an internal microphone, the hardware features a mic input on an XLR-1/4″ combo jack, which even supplies phantom power, and a stereo line input. There’s also a headphone output, as well as two USB ports: one for power, and one for the smartphone connection. Although the GO:LIVECAST apparently cannot be powered by your phone, Roland says that it can run on a battery power bank in case you’re nowhere near an electrical outlet.
Launch sound effects and video clips
In addition to knobs for the mic and line input levels, headphone volume and pad, the hardware has a number of buttons for triggering various functions of the app. You can add background music, sound effects, still images, video clips, and display titles. There’s even an applause button, in case you think your live stream would benefit from a bit of canned laughter.
In the GO:LIVECAST app, you can choose from the phone’s rear or front cameras, and add a ‘beauty filter’. A second smartphone camera can be connected via WiFi, with support for split screen video and one-touch switching. The app also lets you assign clips to the hardware buttons, play background music, and add reverb to the microphone input. For delivery of the live stream, it interfaces directly with popular platforms like YouTube, Twitch and Facebook and displays real-time comments. Alternatively, you can record your content as a video on your phone.
If you’re into mobile live streaming, Roland GO:LIVECAST looks like a very compact and easy to use solution. Not sure about that applause button though …
Price and compatibility
Roland GO:LIVECAST will be available later this month for USD 250. It’s compatible with iOS and Android smartphones via the included Lightning and USB-C cables.