3 Steps to your perfect setup for music lessons

1. Devices, Browser & Network

Devices

SIRIUS is browser-based and thus can be used with any device, be it a computer, tablet or smartphone. However, we recommend using SIRIUS with a desktop or laptop computer for the best teaching experience. 

Whether it's MacOS, Linux, or Windows, we've got you covered as long as you can run an up-to-date and supported browser! For more detailed information we recommend you reading our article about Supported Devices & Browsers.

Browsers

  • Desktop or laptop computer: We recommend using the latest version of the Chrome browser for the best sound experience. SIRIUS also supports a number of other browser which can be found in our article Supported Devices & Browsers.
  • Android tablet or smartphone: Please use the latest version of the Chrome browser.
  • iPhone or iPad: Please use the latest version of the Safari browser.

Network requirements

We recommend a minimum speed of 10 Mbit download and 5 Mbit upload. The download is important to get high quality audio and video, while the upload is important to give the other participants good audio and video quality. You can check your Internet speed with www.speedtest.net
Poor WiFi connections are the main cause of quality and connection problems with SIRIUS, so we recommend using an ethernet cable that connects your end device directly to the Internet router. Ethernet cables can be purchased online for as little as 5-10€: amazon.de/s?k=ethernet+cable
If you depend on WiFi, please position yourself as close as possible to the router (preferably in the same room). All other programs and tabs in the browser should be closed and nothing should be downloaded or streamed at the same time (no YouTube, Netflix, etc.).

For more detailed information we recommend you reading our article about Network Requirements.


2. Microphone, Camera & Headphones

SIRIUS can be used with any microphone, webcam and headphones.

Most devices have a built-in microphone as well as a built-in camera. Unfortunately, the quality of built-in microphones is often poor. Since SIRIUS is designed to transmit the sound picked up by the microphone in the best possible way, we strongly recommend using an external USB microphone or another microphone with an audio interface. This will allow the nuances of the sound to be picked up much better, resulting in a fuller sound. Furthermore, we recommend using headphones for a better sound experience.

External USB microphones are affordable and easy to set up:

External USB microphones are easy to set up – connect the USB microphone directly to your computer. If you use a smartphone/tablet, please use a compatible adapter. Select the correct microphone in the video session and make sure the audio indicator moves when you speak or tap the microphone. Adjust the audio input level in the settings of your end device, as it can make a big difference in how the other participants receive your sound.


3. Positioning your setup

It is very important that you take time with your students at the beginning of a video session to make the perfect adjustments and position the equipment so that you get the most out of the online lesson!

Microphone

Make sure that your device with built-in microphone or the external microphone is not too close to the instrument. Usually 1-2 meters is a good distance. Too close will cause the sound of the instrument to be too loud for the microphone and cause distracting noise to the other participants. If you turn the audio input level of the microphone up, you will have to position the microphone further away. If you turn the level down, you can position yourself closer to the microphone.
Also pay attention to the acoustics of the room - the best acoustics for online music lessons are as dry as possible. If you are in a room with a lot of reverb, it will be difficult for the microphone to capture this sound.

Webcam

Position your end device with built-in webcam or the external webcam so that the other participants can see you well.

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