Stream Dream: Audio Setup

Remember how I said last time we were going to talk about surviving the grind? What a joyous, naive man I was a month ago. Queen Blog Mistress Lindsay Ferguson has decided that we mosey that entry back a month and instead inform you all of the ways one can set up a stream with our MixAmp Pro TR, your computer and maybe a console or two.

In order to embark down the road of the streamer you are going to need a bit of equipment to ensure you have smooth and well produced show to present to your audience. To begin, we will go through the Audio Setup and tackle the Video and PC/Console Setups in subsequent posts so make sure you stay tuned for those in the coming weeks. Each component of a stream is critical, and tied to the success you have. If your audience cannot hear you they won’t be able to connect with your personality, and chances are that without that connection, your stream will struggle to gain traction.

The ASTRO Command Center

The ASTRO Command Center has a plethora of options to customize your TR Experience with both your A40 TR Headset and MixAmp Pro TR. This software allows users to update the firmware and customize the input and output settings on the MixAmp Pro TR. You can change your EQ Presets, adjust the gain on your microphone, set noise gates and settings to ensure you have the TR that works just for you. Save it and take it with you anywhere. It also has a whole screen dedicated to the Stream Port and provides you with the ability to adjust multiple audio signals with just one source on your Stream PC.

The Command Center lets you change 4 different audio channels. You can work with your Game audio if you can hear gunshots peaking, for example. You can alter party chat if your friends are being quiet. If you are screaming a bit too much you can adjust your max and make it more appealing. The controls are at your fingertips, and we go into depth about those controls here.

Any changes you make in the ASTRO Command Center occur instantly so your viewers will hear the difference in levels. You are essentially getting a digital mixing board for all the things you have moving through your MixAmp Pro TR. Any adjustments you make to the stream port will not affect the level of sound in your ASTRO headset, so feel free to customize this to exactly what the stream wants.

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Any changes you make in the ASTRO Command Center occur instantly so your viewers will hear the difference in levels. You are essentially getting a digital mixing board for all the things you have moving through your MixAmp Pro TR. Any adjustments you make to the stream port will not affect the level of sound in your ASTRO headset, so feel free to customize this to exactly what the stream wants.

Setting Up: Can You Hear Me Now?

Thanks to your MixAmp Pro TR, which you totally have, setting up the stream itself in your streaming software of choice will take almost no time at all, The MixAmp Pro TR has the ability to work like a smaller mixing board without any of the cabling or confusion that comes with an actual sound board. The MixAmp Pro TR has the ability to stream out all of the audio being played into it. Whether it’s your A40 TR microphone, the game you are playing or anything you have plugged into the AUX Port, the MixAmp Pro TR can channel all of these into one connection on your stream. Adjusting the levels of each in the ASTRO Command Center is fast and can be done live in stream if absolutely needed (note: this is not recommended! Test before you stream!)

ASTRO Gaming currently uses Open Broadcasting Software Studios (OBS Studios) for all of its live streaming events which you can download here: https://obsproject.com/

It is also totally free! We will also be covering how to set-up streaming software in the next blog! To make sure you have your audio configured correctly, I’ll walk you through the basic setup:

Step 1: Ensure your MixAmp Pro TR is set to the correct device by making sure it is either in Console Mode (the lights surrounding the buttons on the MixAmp Pro TR are red) or in PC Mode (those lights are white instead.) To toggle between each mode, press and hold the Power Button until the light changes.

1. In your Control Panel, open the “Sound” menus
2. Under Playback devices, ensure that 2 – ASTRO MixAmp Pro Game is set to Default Device and that 4 – ASTRO MixAmp Pro Voice is set to communications device
3. Under the Recording Tab make sure the 4 – ASTRO MixAmp Pro Voice option is set to both Default Device and Default Communication Device

Step 2: Ensure your OBS Studio is set to use the LINE OUT

1. In the mixer on the main page of OBS, Disable Desktop Audio
2. Under Mic/AUX, set the device to “Line”
3. If you are using a External Microphone, See Step 4 for Set up.

Step 3: Try a good default for Your Stream Port Settings in the ASTRO Command Center Application.

1. On the Stream Port Tab, Set each of the sliders as follows:
   a. Game to 50%
   b. Party to 100%
   c. Voice to 100%
   d. AUX to 50%
2. Adjust levels as needed during a Test Stream

Step 4: External Microphone Users,

1. In OBS Studio Settings, go to File > Settings > Audio
2. In the audio settings you will see the option “Mic/Auxillary Device 2”
3. Set this to the device created by your USB Microphone or XLR plug in device (Depending on which you have) Refer to your user manual for that device to see how it shows up in recording devices in your PC.

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The Line Option for the MixAmp Pro TR is the way to use the device to mix your audio actively on any streaming program. You only need to use that one audio source to pull all your audio on that PC to the streaming software, unless you are using an external microphone such as a Blue Yeti or Audio Technica.

 

What’s Next

We’ve covered a lot of what you would need for a standard audio setup for your stream today. Given how complex and different each stream setup can become, this can be a lot to digest. So we figured out what the MixAmp Pro TR is capable of to help your stream, how to set it up on your PC with OBS, and How it works with the ASTRO Command Center in real time to affect your stream like an actual mixing board.

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Ryan “Fletch” Gero

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