Even if the performances are as strong as the records, the sound quality is usually inferior.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE music! But the concert sound experience hasn’t innovated in over a decade.
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Incubus.
It was my high school crush’s favorite band. She was way “too cool” for me. “Wish You Were Here” became one of my all time favorite songs. When I found out they were going to be at BottleRock, I was stoked.
I met Incubus guitarist Mike Eizinger backstage before the show and learned about a new technology he’s been developing, MIXhalo.
The MIXhalo app allows you to put in headphones and listen directly to the soundboard – In other words, you listen to the same studio-quality audio experience the musicians get in their ears as they perform.
According to Techcrunch, “The company developed a custom WiFi technology that pipes the audio to potentially thousands of nearby phones with very low latency.”
It sounded cool, but I thought MIXhalo might take you out of the social concert experience. How are you supposed to interact with others if you have headphones in, right?
MIXhalo is amazing.
We were handed iPods and Beats in-ear headphones before Incubus went on. Whether watching backstage where sound quality is incredibly poor or even from the front row, the MIXhalo sound experience is superior. You get the same visual as always with significantly enhanced sound. The experience is right in your ears. I was beyond impressed with it.
I am unsure of MIXhalo’s rollout plan for the future – Will it be a premium backstage experience for VIP’s or a choice a concertgoer makes by pulling out their own headphones and using the festival wifi? Regardless, MIXhalo elevates the experience – If you get the opportunity to “halocast”, I encourage you to try it too.