Top 3 Products for Twitch Streaming Pros

Live broadcasting or streaming on Twitch is not only great fun, but can also allow creators to share their passion for gaming (and sometimes other subjects) with really loyal fan bases. Sharing video gameplay online can be quite daunting when it comes to the gear required. Assuming you already have a computer and web camera of some sort, improving the quality of your streams is always very rewarding.

Here’s our top 3 products that will take your Twitch streams to the next level. Of course, this can be applied to other live streaming platforms such as YouTube and Facebook. All links in this article are affiliate links, they do not cost you a penny extra, but do earn Geekanoids a small commission on purchases.

In top spot is a very cool product from Elgato. Their Stream Deck connects to your computer via USB and is a bank of buttons that each contain a tiny screen. The buttons allow you to automate actions, for example “starting a livestream” or “tweeting out a message” and some more complex actions too. The screens are full colour and the clever software allows you to customise them with your own designs, making them easily recognisable. This is a superb piece of kit and very worthy of the number one place here.
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Next up is the Rode NT-USB microphone. I personally use one of these and it is a very high quality microphone that simply plugs into your computer USB port. There are some rotary controls on the side of the mic too that allow you to control your audio and monitor levels. You will also find a headphone port on there too. One really nice touch is the custom shaped pop shield, which will help with your audio quality. This is one quality piece of kit and it must be said that audio is a very important part of your live broadcast, so should not be overlooked.
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Last but by no means least is another product from Elgato. If you have even seen a video or livestream where the presenter seems to be floating on top of their game, they are using a green screen. The software you use allows you to “key” out anything in your camera frame that is green, so that it becomes transparent. You can then position yourself on top of any background, but we often see gameplay presenters on top of the game itself, normally in the bottom corner of the video frame. Some green screens are really cumbersome to set up, but this Elgato Green Screen is pre-tensioned in its own case. Pull the screen up, attach and you are ready in under five minutes. Then when you are done, it packs away easily for storage. This really will help take your streams to the next level.
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Top 3 USB Audio Interfaces

Whether you are a podcaster, music producer or any type of content creator that includes audio, an audio interface should be top priority. The likes of USB microphones are fine, but an interface will give you much more control and open up a wider selection of mics to use. If you want to start recording instruments and/or have some MIDI control, then this is the only way to go.

USB Audio Interfaces allow you to connect the likes of XLR microphones and instruments into a box of tricks and in turn this connects via USB to your computer. There are plenty of USB audio interfaces on the market, but they all vary in quality. It is important to have excellent quality pre-amps, so not to introduce background noise to your recordings. Let’s take a look at our top 3.

In top spot is the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) audio interface. This is a very popular choice as the manufacturer uses top quality components in here. The preamps deliver a nice clean sound which has a very low noise floor. This is important for when you have quiet moments in your audio and don’t want any background hum or hiss creeping in. This is all thanks to the two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps which also offer plenty of even gain. There are two microphone / instrument inputs and class-leading conversion and sample rates up to 192kHz/24-bit. There is also a headphone output with separate gain control. You get some extras included in the package too (see below). On the back you will also find outputs for your active studio monitors (speakers). If you need MIDI there is none, please look further up the range.
Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, Ableton Live 10 Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys (1 of 4 instruments), Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite, Focusrite Plug-in Collective, 2GB Loopmasters samples.
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Next up is a serious piece of kit if you need more inputs and outputs. The PreSonus Studio 192 is a USB 3.0 audio interface and studio command centre with up to 24-bit, 192 kHz conversion. It features eight XMAX remote controllable mic preamps, 2 instrument inputs and 6 balanced line level inputs. You also get zero-latency monitoring with Fat Channel processing, preamp control, Talkback routing, and speaker switching from included UC Surface software for the Apple Mac, Windows PC, or even the iPad.
It is tightly integrated with included Studio One 3 Artist DAW software and includes 6+ GB of third-party resources (free download after product registration). Rest assured it does not just work with their own DAW, it’ll work in pretty much any audio application.
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If you want to buy wisely and save some money, then the Behringer UMC404HD Audio Interface might be for you. Even though this is a much cheaper offering, you still get four mic/instrument inputs and MID support too. There is support 24-bit/192 khz resolution which delivers professional audio quality. This interface is compatible with all the popular recording applications including Vvid ProTools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, Apple Logic Pro X and so many more. The icing on the cake is four state-of-the-art midas designed mic preamplifiers with +48v phantom power for your XLR microphones on tap.
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