Want to take your live performances to the next level without upgrading your basic equipment? You should know that there are streaming accessories that can give you that extra professionalism, so you can compete with other streamers on a level playing field, at least.
MICROPHONE ARMS OR STAND
Microphone stands are an accessory for streaming that we recommend to everyone. There are powerful reasons and we summarize them for you.
- They allow you to eliminate interference from continuous and unavoidable desktop vibrations.
- You can optimize the capture of the sound source because it adapts to the exact position you need.
- You gain space on your desk or workbench.
Flexible arm mounts attach like a press to the side of your desk.
If you stream in front of a seated desk, this is the best option for you. You gain space and get the mic closer to the sound source in a natural and precise way.
Stand microphones are a well-known alternative, but they are also the best for streamers who have the following added needs:
- Need to stream outdoors.
- Flexibility to stream music.
- Gamers who want to cancel out all incoming vibration.
They may look like a piece of junk to have in the room, but you’d be surprised how little space they take up when disassembled.
Warning for streamers! These fantastic panels are not designed to keep sound out and sound in – don’t be fooled! They improve the quality of your speech by greatly attenuating the reverberation of the room, so you gain a lot in sound clarity.
If you want to stop the sound of the jackhammer from the construction site across the street, this is not the article for you.
Now, if you want to take your professionalism as a streamer a step further, with this gadget you will stand out from the rest: a home studio prepared for optimal acoustics!
This special shield-shaped acoustic conditioner is perfect for speech and other sound effects. The angle of the outer panels is adjustable, allowing you to customize the sonic isolation.
A way to push the potential of any microphone further, with an even greater effect on those with condenser technology.
VIDEO CAPTURE CARD
Video capture devices are almost essential streaming accessories for gamers, whether they are PC or console gamers. And I say almost because it is possible to stream games on the PC through OBS software, but at the cost of consuming microprocessor resources. A gamer does not want to lose gaming performance! He has invested in a powerful computer to have a better resolution, lower latency… Is it worth losing gaming performance to stream games? Draw your own conclusions, and if you find a problem, the video capture is the solution.
On the other hand, if you’re a youtuber and you’re no longer satisfied with what your webcam or screen reflects, your recording possibilities will multiply with a video capture device and a camcorder (or any other video source).
If you have an outdoor or sports-related streaming project, there are video capture devices (such as the Elgato HD60S shown here) that support any video source, including Go Pro. It allows you to stream when you travel as long as you have an internet connection.
We recommend the Elgato HD60S for its potential and performance for the price. A safe bet for gamers and youtubers.
- Supports all gaming consoles, Windows and Mac.
- Allows streaming at 1080p and 60fps.
- A high-performance USB 3.0 connection.
- Superior low latency technology.
- Live commentary function.
- Overlay of webcam and other images.
Audio interfaces allow you to transform the signal of an instrument or voice to be understood and processed by your computer, ipad or cell phone.
Why not connect the microphone or instrument directly to the computer via USB? The answer is simple: on PCs the audio cards are very basic, and even if you get an adapter it will affect the sound quality and latency. Audio lag is obnoxious for any gamer, and for music… imagine the followers of a streamer.
It is a must-have accessory if you have XLR connection on the microphone, and that is usually the case when you already have a good condenser microphone. It also has a jack input for instruments. Well, the interface must be up to the task, and the manufacturer Focusrite offers four models with different configurations of its successful Scarlett range.
Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen
In the following image you will see the most basic model. It will be useful if you only use one input for microphone or instrument. The next higher model already has two inputs. This is our favorite interface for those who only need one connection, and that accounts for 95% of all streamers.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Stream Pack
What’s more, you have the fantastic opportunity, if you’re just starting out in streaming, to get a streaming kit at a super-competitive price with the recommended audio interface already included. For this price it is the best stream pack on the market, and has a lot of positive user reviews to back it up.
STREAM DECK (OPTIONAL)
A controller that will allow you to show professional effects that will be impossible for others because of its speed and naturalness. Its potential is enormous.
It allows you to execute actions by pressing buttons as if they were quick keyboard shortcuts, but only those that interest you for your stream channel.
Its level of customization is maximum, and it comes with a software with functionalities adapted to streamers: RRSS, advertising, file folders, videos… the rest you tweak to your liking, and the result is the following:
- Instantaneous effect between the speech and the action (in-time).
- Eliminates dead time for voice-over and transitional content.
- A professional realization.
You will be, quite simply, a professional conductor as opposed to streamers who search for files or waste time while inventing a monologue to keep your attention.