You might have heard the famous streaming platform called twitch. If you have, then most probably you would have had thought of streaming your guitar on it as well.
But the question arises, how do I exactly do that?
In this short guide, I will list everything you need and need to know in order to start playing your guitar, or streaming your music online on twitch, or on any other platform such as YouTube. This guide contains everything you need to know to get started
First of all, I would like to quickly list down the things you would need to know in order to stream online.
- Audio Interface
- Streaming Software
- Computer and a Guitar
Recommend Starter Setup
Below, I have listed all the items you might need to start streaming your music.
This list is not meant for professional – it is more targeted towards the beginner to the hobbyist guitar players. The list in these items are cheap, and you can even get them online from places such as Amazon.
This is one of the most important investments you need to make.
A good microphone makes or breaks your stream. Therefore, I recommend the BM-900. This microphone can be virtually used for anything; may it be vocals, drumming, or for your guitar. If you invest in this microphone, I don’t think you would need to invest in another one any time soon. Honestly, you are going to use it until the end of its life.
I would personally recommend buying the bundle for it, as it contains everything you need regarding your mic. You can check out its price from here.
Now, we need an audio interface. But what is an audio interface?
Basically, it is a device which allows you to plug your microphone into your computer. If you want to get into the nitty-gritty stuff, then it is simply an analog to digital converter. In my opinion, Scarlett is the best audio interface. Not only it is by Focusrite – a company with one of the best drivers in the market, but this device can be used for your electric guitars to electric pianos.
You if you want to check this out, then you can get it from here.
You need a good pair of headphones in order to know what others are hearing. If you have terrible, or low-quality headphones, then you might think you’re playing bad, or there is something wrong with the transmission, while in actuality it is not.
There is no need to go and buy the most expensive headphones in the market. You should just get decent, affordable ones that will not disturb you while playing.
If you are looking for a headphone then you might want to check out Kross R-80. They are over the ear headphones; with good sound, comfortability and price.
If you can spend an extra buck in this investment, then buying a noise canceling headphone would not be a bad idea as well. Cowin has some really good noise cancelling headphones, and you can get them from over here.
Music streams should be more focused on the audio quality of the stream, rather than the video quality. However, to have a good stream you need decent video output as well, or else the stream might get a little boring.
Logitech produces one of the best webcams, and they have pretty affordable ones as well. You can get Logitech C922x. It is a full HD camera, designed and optimized from streaming. It is around $60-70, and you can get it from here.
Foot Pedal – a Luxury Item:
If you are willing to go an extra mile, then you might be interested in a foot pedal as well. Basically, a foot pedal would allow you to control the backing track, so you can seemingly start or stop rather than needing to do something like set a delay on it so you can click on it and then grab your guitar, or have it keep going after you stop playing.
Dunlop has some great foot pedal, if you are interested, then you can get one from this link.
There are several software that you can use, but I would recommend OBS.
OBS is a free software that you can use to broadcast your stream. There are many helpful video tutorials for it, so I highly recommend checking YouTube out for it.
The Obvious Stuff:
Well, it is quite obvious that need a computer for it. You can run obs on both mac and windows machine, but I would recommend windows based desktops more. Since they are cheaper, and have abundant free software available.
Next, you would need your guitar. You can honestly use can kind of guitar, to be honest. Even classical guitars would do great.
Streaming live music is not expensive. For a decent streaming setup, it would not cost you more than $150-200 (if you already have a computer) and it would last you for a very long time. You can go even cheaper, and get a small setup for $50. It all depends on your budget, and it is not something you cannot do.
You just need to have the dedication and time for it.