you’re flowing On Twitch for a while, you’ve finally built an affiliate (or even a partner!), and you’re ready to take your streaming game to the next more professional level. If you are in this place, you may have different needs for your audio/video setup than the average person. Broadcasting has unique challenges that require specific technologies and devices to overcome. Here, we’ll go over the next steps you can take.
For this guide, we’ll assume you’ve reached the point where you’re broadcasting professionally enough to handle basic upgrades, like getting a separate camera or better microphone. Some of the tools we’ll be discussing will be affordable, but if you’re looking to broadcast your business, it might be worth it.
Upgrade your acoustics
Hopefully you’ve already thought about your acoustics at this point, but once you have some money to spend it’s worth thinking about what you can do to make the audio in your recording space sound better. According to the experts at WSDG Architecture and Acoustics Designs, there are two types of acoustics you can plan for: the acoustics inside the room you’re recording in, and the audio coming from outside.
“You can be inside a bunker, without the noise coming in and out of space, and the bunker might look like shit,” WSDG partner Sergio Mulho told WIRED. This is because bouncing sound around the room, or noisy appliances, can cause unwanted reverberation and noise. To reduce this, you can buy noise damper panels, which not only dampen the noise, but also make your studio look more professional.
“Conversely, you can be in a tent that looks great, right? Joshua Morris, another partner at WSDG, added, but you will hear everything that is going on around you. It can be more difficult to isolate the sound from sources outside the recording space. It is more difficult to isolate the sound In the room is expensive, but if you are already a professional, it can be useful.However, moving to a new place may be easier.
Audio mixing boards and interfaces
Live streaming means you can’t clean up the audio afterwards, so you need controls to help you get it right while you’re streaming. This is where audio mixing boards can come in handy. These provide inputs for each microphone and audio source you use, and a set of buttons and dials that allow you to customize each input to your needs. You can adjust gain levels, EQ settings, and even add effects on a per-input basis. You can also mute inputs with the push of a button, all from a single panel. Controlling live audio is usually a task on its own, so if you want to make things easier for the person you’re turning on half a dozen mics for D&D streams, get them a mixing board.