Swivl Audio Setup

Posted by   Alla
01/06/2020
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There are four major Audio Setups available for Swivl:

Classroom Standalone - Record and Amplify Speaker's Voice

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Integrated Classroom Audio - Record and Amplify Speaker's Voice

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Integrated Audio with Live Streaming

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For Standalone Audio with Live Streaming see Live Stream using Swivl Distance Audio*  

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Standalone Classroom Audio - Record and Amplify Speaker's Voice

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Basic Audio Setup with multiple markers (microphones) is as follows:

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Perfect for:

  • Playback and listen to the audio tracks independently on Swivl Teams. 
  • Listen to Secondary markers during recording: While you're recording your multi-marker video, you can also live listen to the Secondary markers by plugging in a set of earbuds* to the Primary marker. More details here.
  • In-ear coaching: Simply connect a set of earbuds* to the Primary Marker for one on one conversations (through the right earbud only)
  • Amplify Primary Marker using a USB speaker (for example option one we daily usetwo and three)connected to the Swivl base**

*Standard earbuds connected to the Primary Marker:

If you need to increase the volume of the audio dramatically, you can also connect a standard Apple headset with a microphone built-in or a lapel mic like this one here to the Primary marker before starting a video recording or joining a live streamed session.

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**USB speaker connected to the Swivl base:

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Integrated Classroom Audio - Record and Amplify Speaker's Voice

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Setup:

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If you need to amplify the presenter’s voice in a large room and have no USB speakers or for any other reasons want to use a smartboard/PC/Laptop follow the steps below. 

 

WARNING: do not attempt to connect any cables between the robot base and your speaker system prior to confirming the latest firmware update on the Swivl Base. Failure to complete this may result in irreversible damage to either your device and/or the Swivl base.

 

1. Connect your mobile device to the robot as usual

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2. Make sure your FW is 10.03.37

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If it's lower than 10.03.37 update the firmware to the latest version. Reference the instructions here.

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3. Finally, connect a USB-A to USB-A cable from the back of the Swivl to the PC/Smartboard's/Chromebooks USB port. Recommended cable length is up to 20ft.

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We highly recommend the cable be able long enough to sit flatly and evenly along the floor and taped down to avoid the creation of any tripping hazards in the classroom. If you require a longer cable you will need to purchase a USB extension with an active repeater. Here are some options available through Amazon:

20ft Cable

USB extension cable with active repeater (For > 20ft)

 

4. After the successful setup, you can hear all Swivl markers from the USB connected Smartboard/PC/Chromebook

In this case Swivl works as an external microphone for Smartboard/PC/Chromebook and transmits all Swivl markers connected.

IMPORTANT! The external audio system should automatically recognize the Swivl after performing a firmware update and connecting to Swivl, but if not, you may need to manually make a change in the Settings menu of the Swivl App and switch Base port configuration to PC.

Unplug USB cable before manually changing Base port configuration! 

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 A. Now, navigate to the Settings Menu in the Swivl app, then Advanced Settings

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B. From Advanced Settings > Base Port configuration

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C. Select “To PC”

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D.  Finally, connect a USB-A to USB-A cable from the back of the Swivl to the PC/Smartboard's/Chromebooks USB port. Recommended cable length is up to 20ft.

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Integrated Audio - Live Streaming

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Setup:

Additional Equipment required for this setup: Smartboard audio system OR PC/Laptop/Chromebook; USB-A to USB-A cable.

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For the most immersive audio experience and to bridge the physical distance between in-class and remote learners, now you can connect your Swivl robot to your classroom audio system (PC, Laptop, Chromebook or a Smartboard) while running a Live Streamed Session with Swivl.

Remote participants are still able to see and hear the teacher and in-class participants via Swivl’s microphones as usual, but now they’ll also be able to hear the content’s audio clearly as well. Even better, students in class will be able to hear remote participants just as well, also via the classroom’s audio system. 


WARNING: do not attempt to connect any cables between the robot base and your audio system prior to confirming the latest firmware update on the Swivl Base. Failure to complete this may result in irreversible damage to either your device and/or the Swivl base.

Watch the video and see detailed setup steps below:

1. Connect your mobile device to the robot.

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2. Make sure your FW is 10.03.37

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If it's lower than 10.03.37 update the firmware to the latest version. Reference the instructions here.

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3. Once the firmware update is complete and you are running the minimum FW version: 10.03.37, connect a USB-A to USB-A cable from the back of the Swivl to the PC/Smartboard's/Chromebook USB port. Recommended cable length is up to 20ft.

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We highly recommend the cable be able long enough to sit flatly and evenly along the floor and taped down to avoid the creation of any tripping hazards in the classroom. If you require a longer cable you will need to purchase a USB extension with an active repeater. Here are some options available through Amazon:

20ft Cable

USB extension cable with active repeater (For > 20ft) 

 

4. PC/Smartboard/Laptop/Chromebook instructions: 

After completing the steps above, the PC should automatically install any required drivers and Swivl will show up as a "Digital Audio" device. 

Start your favorite conferencing application and select the “Swivl Digital Audio device” as the microphone within that application. 

Example Microphone selection within Zoom:

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5. Since the video feed will be coming through the mobile device that is connected to the Swivl, you do not need to turn on video on the PC. 

6. Simply join the conferencing session on your mobile device without audio or mute the microphone after joining.

 

IMPORTANT! The PC should automatically recognize the Swivl after performing a firmware update, but if not, you may need to manually make a change in the Settings menu of the Swivl App and switch Base port configuration to PC.

Unplug USB cable before manually changing Base port configuration! 

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A. Now, navigate to the Settings Menu in the Swivl app, then Advanced Settings

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B. From Advanced Settings > Base Port configuration

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C. Select “To PC” to connect to a computer, laptop, or Smartboard

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D. Finally, connect a USB-A to USB-A cable from the back of the Swivl to the PC/Smartboard's/Chromebooks USB port. Recommended cable length is up to 20ft.

Example Setup with Floor Stand
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FAQs for Integrated Audio - Live Streaming:

The PC/Smartboard/Chromebook handles all the audio flow including: 

  • Collecting audio from the teachers and in-class students via Swivl markers
  • Broadcasting voices of remote students and playing on-screen content through the integrated sound system
  • Broadcasting audio of teachers, students and on-screen content to remote students via the conferencing app selected

The video feed of the teacher and students is broadcast through the mobile device that is docked on the Swivl and the Swivl robot tracks the teacher as they move around the classroom. 

To connect a standard set of speakers instead of a PC/Smartboard/Chromebook and proceed with Standalone Audio with Live Streaming follow the steps first:

- unplug USB cable from PC/Smartboard/Chromebook

- connect a USB-A to 3.5 mm audio adapter or directly to a USB-speaker if available see How do I hear distant participants during Live Streaming?.  

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- if there is no audio coming from the speakers, you may need to manually select the “To speakers” option by following the above instructions. Before any manual changes of the Base port configuration make sure to unplug the USB cable from Swivl

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