Go live in the Let’s Reimagine room on Clubhouse
Open up the Clubhouse app and choose to start a room from the hallway (green ‘Start a room’ button at the bottom of your screen). Or you can choose to schedule a future room event in the calendar from the top of the hallway (calendar icon up top).
Choose the type of room (open = everyone can join, social = just the people you follow, closed = you choose who to invite to this room), what club (Let’s Reimagine), and a topic or title (‘Add a Topic’ at top right). If you schedule a room event in the calendar, just click on your event listing at your designated date and time to get it started. (See Clubhouse 101: Basic App Usage for more details).
Then press ‘Let’s go’ (green button at the bottom) and you will have a green prompt pop up that will ask you if you want to ‘Switch to Music Mode’ for the best experience. This mode is better for music but not recommended for spoken word.
How to Stream Existing Events (e.g. Online Zoom Events) into Clubhouse
There are a few different options for getting sound directly from your source and into the Clubhouse platform through your iPhone. Below is a simple solution we use to stream our Reimagine-hosted events from Zoom (on a computer) into Clubhouse (on an iPhone). More advanced audio setup configurations can be found here.
Audio Plugs/Connectors Terminology
- AUX (3.5mm) – Plug that you usually find on cabled headphones. This AUX plug has 2 rings on its tip. Newer iPhones do not have the AUX jack/socket for this plug and you must purchase a lightning dongle/adapter to plug into a newer iPhone.
- TRRS (3.5mm) – Plug that inserts directly into the iPhone (if your phone has that headphone jack/socket). It will connect to an iPhone lightning dongle/adapter (if your phone is a newer version that requires an adapter). This TRRS plug has 3 rings on its tip and looks similar in size and shape to the AUX plug.
- TRS (1/4”) – Plug most often found on guitar or other instrument cables.
- MALE & FEMALE designation – All plugs on cables will be either a ‘male’ or ‘female’ version of that plug. The male version will have a metal tip. The female version of a plug will have a jack/socket.
Identify your iPhone
Older models have a headphone jack for headphones/AUX cable in the phone.
Newer models that do not have a headphone jack for headphones/AUX cable require a ‘Lightning to 3.5mm headphone Jack Adapter/Dongle’ (any brand).
Audio Options for Connecting Your Sound
You will be running your sound out of a computer. Computers/laptops will have an AUX (headphone) jack/socket and that will be your way out of the computer.
IK Multimedia iRig 2 (guitar interface for iPhone, iPod, & iPad) – Gives the clearest sound of all the options available. Can connect a set of headphones to its headphone jack and hear people talking in the Clubhouse room.
- Computer: Need AUX (3.5mm male) to stereo TRS (1/4” male) cable. Run your cable from AUX out of computer and into the TRS (1/4”) jack on the iRig 2 (at guitar symbol). Then plug the iRig 2’s TRRS (3.5mm) cable into your iPhone’s headphone/AUX jack (older model) OR into the 3.5mm female end of your Lightning dongle/adapter already plugged into the lightning port of your iPhone (newer model).
- Sound levels: From the computer, you may be able to go higher than 75% volume (and avoid distortion). However, there is also a volume dial on the side of the iRig 2 and you may not want to push it higher than 50% up to avoid distortion regardless of your sound source volume (you decide). You can record your sound into the Voice Memos app on your iPhone to help you choose your levels (details in Voice Memos section). Or test it directly in Clubhouse with friends.
Testing your sound quality using the Voice Memos app
There is a way to test your sound and tweak it before you ever enter Clubhouse with it (avoid flying blind). Using the Voice Memos app in the iPhone, you can get a very good idea of what you will sound like and it can give you the opportunity to reduce distortion and control your sound your way. People appreciate quality sound because it gives them the best experience.
Set up your system the way you want it to connect to your phone. Use the lower end of volume suggestions from the ‘sound levels’ section of your audio solution/option listed above (so you have a starting point).
Open the Voice Memos App. ***Do NOT open the Clubhouse App.
Press the ‘RECORD’ button available on your screen and then press ‘PLAY’ from your source or begin playing your instrument.
Look at the Voice Memos app to make sure there is sound coming through. There should be a waveform appearing as your sound comes through (blob-like zigzag lines). If the line is a flat straight line when your music is playing, then not enough or no sound is coming through. You may need to increase your volume or check your connections.
Stop the recording by pressing the red button again and check your recorded clip (record at least 8 seconds). Unplug your audio solution from your phone and select that top ‘new recording’ file you see in the list of recordings to play it. You can click on the title to rename it if you like for your purposes. Play it back like that from your phone speaker or connect headphones to listen more closely to the quality of your sound. This is a very good representation of what clubhouse listeners will hear in your room.
Again, your iRig 2 should have its side volume dial set at around 50% (but you decide). It gives your listeners a full sound with zero or low distortion. It’s good for your listeners to be able to hear comfortably and have room to increase or lower their own volume to their preference as they listen in.
Go live in the Let’s Reimagine room on Clubhouse
You are ready to stream your event! Plug your audio solution into your computer and phone. Open up the Clubhouse app and choose to start a room from the hallway (green ‘Start a room’ button at the bottom of your screen). Or you can choose to schedule a future room event in the calendar from the top of the hallway (calendar icon up top).
Hopefully, you get great sound quality and find all kinds of ways to build new experiences, share creativity, create more connections and add value to your rooms inside Clubhouse! Also, check out clubhouseguide.com for onboarding and how Clubhouse works.
See you on Clubhouse!