Welcome back, fellow idiots. Can I also say Happy Father’s Day to those reading today? Streaming is complicated a thousand times over so you have my utmost respect for fighting the good fight and swimming against the family tide. Even if it is not Father’s Day where you are from, keep plugging away and the rewards will be coming. Now onto Part 4 in the Idiot’s guide to streaming.
Also if you are nearly ready to start streaming check out this checklist. and don’t forget to check out last week on Webcam and Visuals.
The same last week, people hearing you talk on stream presents its’ own considerations.
Once again what you say is there to be scrutinized. Have strong opinions? Try to keep them off stream.
Firstly anything controversial you say will likely be challenged and could even find its’ way back to your employers. Controversial opinions on games are fine, however controversial opinions on politics, gender, race, and orientation are best left to yourself. People are here to enjoy games rather than engage in political debate, there are plenty of other mediums for that
Fake it until you make it! Confidence will engage your viewers. When talking, don’t mumble and talk clearly. With a good mic (more on that later) you don’t need to be shouting so loud they could hear you in real life.
Equipment and Budget
Once again whether you speak on Stream is also partly down the equipment at your disposal. If you are just starting out it is worth waiting a few weeks to get yourself a decent microphone. Primarily this will allow you to save up for a decent one. But secondary to this, you don’t want to go all out on a high-class camera in case your discover streaming is not for you.
Sound and audio are two of those features that is more important than gamers realize. Example: try playing your scariest horror game without audio whatsoever. Immediately, you will find the games ten times more difficult as you cannot hear enemies off-screen. In addition to this, you will find the game less scary simply because the sound helps build an immersive atmosphere to play in. Similarly in streaming, without decent audio instantly you will be less enjoyable to watch.
Personally, I recommend the Blue Yeti USB Microphone. It is by no means the cheapest microphone on the market but it delivers one of the crispest sounds whilst also being easy to implement into your gaming set. The microphone equivalent of plug in and play.
As good as the Blue Yeti USB Microphone is, there is a slightly cheaper option available. The Snowball iCE microphone is about $50 cheaper and comes with many great features.
Here is a comparison between the two.
The Pros and Cons
+ Solid Retro Metal build. (It will look great on your desk and there are plenty of designs to choose from)
+ Exceptional Sound quality.
+ Plug in and play.
+ Good quality cable.
– Very sensitive, I am listing this as a negative as with mechanical keyboard the click can almost be distracting to viewers.
– Chunky build so cannot be put everywhere and not very portable.
+ Solid build and more portable than alternatives.
+ Cheaper price and good quality for said price.
+ Plug in and play.
+ Great at eliminating background noise. (not too sensitive).
– No on/off button the same as the Blue Yeti but this is also compounded by no mute button.
– Sounds feel so much cheaper than Blue Yeti, less professional more commercial.
Bonus things to Consider
As well as the actual microphone itself. There are a few other things to consider when it comes to good sound.
Game Volume vs Mic Volume
Unlike you, your viewers will not have the option to be able to adjust the game sound and mic sound separately. If one of them is too low, the viewer will be forced to increase volume meaning the other could then become too loud. Remember there are hundreds, even thousands of streamers out there. The best thing you can do is try and make your stream as easy to watch and hear as possible. The best way to solve this is to test the sound in a separate room on every stream. Record a 30-sec segment with some talking and in-game audio in the background.
Consider Subtitles on Your Games
The benefit of subtitles is twofold. Firstly it will allow you to see important dialogue choices. It may be difficult in between talking and listening to other parts of your set to hear in-game audio. Especially in the first playthroughs of games where some may be essential for game progression. Finally, it may be you have audiences who may be death. In slower games and through use of typing and subtitles you could build an audience of such enthusiasts with some inclusive adjustments.
Final Points to Consider:
There are few final points worth mentioning just to give your audio and sound, the edge.
Too much or too little?
It can be difficult to define talking too much or too little on screen. There is no wrong or right answer. Consequently, you are best off being guided by your own personality. People will watch you because of your personality and if you are not a big talker or you have verbal diarrhea that is fine. However the key thing is to engage your audience and if they communicate with you, or tip or even subscribe make sure you do talk to them and thank them.
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