We’re happy to relay the info that F-Droid, an alternative app store for Android devices that focuses on open source software, has merged Cool Mic into their repositories. We’re proud to be a part of this great, F/OSS centered app store!
It’s been an extraordinary ride so far.
What started as a project to livestream local Sonoma County rock concerts with a dedicated hardware setup has morphed into something so much more than that. What’s even more exciting is that we’re still in our infancy and there’s a lot to look forward to.
Sometimes I feel as though ideas that stem from this solid foundation are streamed directly to my brain from some glorious Icecast server in the sky. One challenge of mine has been to organize and manifest these ideas into reality. One leg of this project will start very soon and I am more excited about it than you can imagine. More on that later.
My (very) small team has worked with me and these ideas, and what has been accomplished so far is nothing short of inspiring. To think that the three of us, whom I’ve never met in real life, have been able to coordinate all of this is just awesome. It really hits home how so many open source software projects work; how random people can meet and work hard online to create software together, and in the meantime forge friendships that are just as meaningful as ones in the physical world. In fact, it reminds me of an article I read just yesterday about online gamers who met in real life at the bedside of a terminally-ill friend. The world is rapidly changing and the way people interact with each other is, too. So many things that people traditionally do in the physical world are being “ported” to the digital world. Working, shopping, socializing, creating, sharing..it’s crazy. I am excited that Cool Mic is even a tiny part of this transformation.
I’m incredibly excited moving forward. There’s a lot planned for the future so stay tuned for updates.
We’re proud to announce a second beta (v1.0.6) that adds onto the functionality in the v1.0.5 beta. Fixes include:
- “Livestream Stopped” toast no longer erroneously appears when quitting app if you are not currently livestreaming
- Input gain slider now has a label/description
- Input gain slider level now remembered between sessions
We’re really excited for what Cool Mic has in store. If you’re interested in helping out with the project, please contact us. Thank you!
Cool Mic has been seeing some pretty good numbers since launch – we’ve had 6,325 installs. Our average Google Play rating is 4.12 stars (out of 5). We host nearly 100 livestreams a day on our public test servers alone, not to mention the likely many hundreds a day to other independently run Icecast servers around the world.
A new version of Cool Mic is about to hit the Play store and we’ve got a couple of great new features to tell you about:
- Input Volume Control: Have you ever watched a Youtube concert video where the sound was completely distorted and barely listenable? This happens when the source is too “hot” (loud) and the microphone or input can’t handle it. With Cool Mic’s new input volume controls (along with the visual cue of the graphical VU meter that you helped build) every livestreamer can ensure the clearest, most crisp audio for listeners.
- Auto-Reconnect: Sometimes you don’t have the best cell coverage. Sometimes you need to switch from Wi-Fi to cell data in the middle of a livestream. With auto-reconnect Cool Mic will detect whenever you drop connection to your listeners and automatically reconnect. This was by far one of the most requested features since launch.
In addition to this, we’ve revamped our codebase to give even better response, stability and room for future enhancements. For instance, we’ve separated the connection/streaming core (libshout) from the UI and made it a background service. This will give us the ability to easily add things like live editing of metadata during a stream.
Cool Mic is just the start of my overall vision – a solid, stable foundation in which to build new exciting ideas on top of. Our first offspring of Cool Mic is a musician centered livestreaming community called SubJam. We have already framed out exactly what SubJam is and how it will work – you’ll be hearing more about this later.
I want to thank you again for supporting Cool Mic. Without you we wouldn’t have been able to build what we needed to justify our existence in the livestreaming space. Cool Mic, our “proof-of-concept”, 100% open-source, freedom-loving audio livestreaming app, has already made waves around the world. We’re about to make some much bigger ones – so stand back, close your eyes and listen for the sounds!