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Streaming Equipment

Many of you are probably very curious about the various software and hardware that we use to stream. Some of you may be wondering so you can start streaming yourself. There are a lot of various resources out there that will recommend one thing or another. We want to bring the advice and current techniques we have learned into one spot so you don't have to search several different sites to get your answer.

Streamlabs

 
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For all of our dynamic overlays we use Streamlabs. With streamlabs we also use Streamlabs OBS which handles combining all of our video and audio sources and pushes them directly to Twitch. Lastly we the Streamlabs Chatbot to integrate chat with various rewards and games for viewers to enjoy during our streams.

WARNING: Currently Streamlabs OBS is in BETA which means that many features may change or break on you during their development process. If this is not something you want to deal with we suggest using OBS instead which was the software we used first.

 

Logitech C920 HD Webcam

 

A majority of our cameras are the Logitech c920 HD Webcam, which offers full HD streaming and audio (but we do not use the audio). We use them for our all of our streams. A two of our webcams are the Logitech c922 HD Webcams which are not much different than the c920's. Before either of these we used the Logitech c270 HD Webcam. However it only supplies up to a 720p resolution unlike the other two webcams.

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Elgato game capture hd

 
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Very early on when we started recording games for YouTube we picked up the Elgato Game Capture HD and while we include it on this list (because yes we use it) it can be a real nightmare to use when it doesn't want to. However it was the only card at the time that we could find that would support Component inputs (the red, white, and yellow cables you plug into your TV) to allow us to play some of our older consoles. If you are planning to only stream PC games, skip this.

 

Mackie profx12v2 16-channel compact mixer

 

Probably our pride and joy, due to our need for seperate audio channels during our Tales from the Tavern streams we use the Mackie ProFX12v2 16-Channel Compact Mixer for nearly all our streams (even if we only need one channel on some). This device lets you take any microphone that uses an XLR cable and mixes it down to USB. Before this behemoth we used the Focusrite Scarlett Solo which does its job if you don't unplug it.

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Audio-Technica AT2035

 
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This was our first microphone, the Audio-Technica AT2035, we have enjoyed it so much that we continue to use it for every stream except Tales from the Tavern. It has fantastic audio quality and is worth the purchase if you are a solo streamer.