Here you will find some additional information to help you choose the accessories you will need to stream.
What are the essential accessories for streaming?
If you only had to choose two accessories to stream as efficiently as possible, you would go for a good webcam and a good microphone.
Although for many people showing themselves playing is not essential (whether out of shyness or otherwise), it remains an important factor in the world of video game streaming, since viewers like to see who is behind the presentation. . Having a good webcam, capable of correct lighting, is therefore quite essential if you want to progress in this environment, or simply better entertain the spectators.
For the microphone, it’s the same thing, and it’s even more important. You will need a clear, interference-free voice that can be understood by everyone. This will help you interact better with your audience/friends, and the broadcast will be even more enjoyable.
Don’t forget the pop filter
If you acquire a new microphone, whether USB or XLR, do not forget the filter anti pop. Sold at about fifteen euros, this one will come to attenuate the noises of mouth or even the crackling for certain sounds.
There are several, but we advise you not to take too expensive filters, since the first prices do the job very well, and allow you to have a professional result. The performance obtained by the top of the range is very minimal.
Before buying a pop filter, check that it is compatible with your microphone. Most can be easily clipped or screwed on, but some microphone models may not have a pop filter compatible base or slot. Many affordable filters are sold on Amazon.
What to take with an XLR microphone like the Shure SM7B?
You may have noticed, we offered the Shure SM7B in our buying guide. This is undeniably one of the best microphones out there., and probably the reference to absolutely take if you want to have the best sound quality. However, it is also the only microphone we offer that is XLR: a term that could possibly scare a neophyte. If this scares you, look to a USB mic instead, such as the affordable Bird UM1 or Shure MV7the USB and more accessible version of the SM7B, which will undeniably be easier to connect, and therefore to use.
If you go however on the Shure SM7B, or any other XLR microphone, know that it will be necessary to buy two other accessories with namely:
- An XLR cable
- An audio interface
There are many XLR cables that will connect your microphone to your audio interface. We recommend, for example, a cable from the Cordial brand, which you will find on Amazon Where Thomann, a site specializing in musical instruments and audio accessories. As for the audio interface, there are some at all prices, but to start, avoid going over 150€, you can very well upgrade your audio set-up in the future. We recommend the Behringer U-Phoriaou again the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, which are among the most affordable. We will come back to XLR microphones in a dedicated guide.
A good PC is essential
Yes, it may sound silly said like that, but having a good PC for streaming should be your number one concern. Streaming 1080p requires a lot of resources from your machine, and it will always be more pleasant for spectators to watch a game run in its maximum configurations, which therefore requires having the hardware to display the maximum rendering or almost of each game (depending on the type of game you want to stream).
It will also be essential if you want to edit your videos, as this requires a lot of resources. Don’t forget that to properly capture your sessions, you can use the free OBS software, which will give you access to many tools to better configure your recordings and your streams.
How to improve your streaming setup?
If you want to improve your decor, there are a lot of solutions. First of all, the green background is an accessory used by many, which allows you to customize what you are going to display behind you. If your room dedicated to streaming is difficult to convert, this will be your best solution here, at a lower cost.
If you have a little space and want to opt for a “natural” decor, there are plenty of accessories to spruce up your room a bit, such as LED garlands to dress up your furniture a bit, or designer lamps. and neon lights.
How to start well on Twitch or YouTube?
The first piece of advice we can give you: be yourself. Don’t try to pass yourself off as someone you’re not, display your tastes and preferences, and viewers will be more likely to engage with your content if you talk about it with passion.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself either. Succeeding on Twitch and YouTube is extremely difficult, if not nearly impossible, for most people. Obviously, we are not trying to discourage you, but getting into the stream with the sole purpose of making a living from it is absolutely not recommended. Above all, do what you love, without setting yourself unachievable goals, and you will find your audience.