For years, I used the Logitech G930 headset. I thought the speakers produced great sound. They had a built in mic and while streaming on Twitch, I figured as long as the people I was playing with, and the viewers watching could hear me, then that was all that mattered. I was wrong. To an extent.
The G930 is a wireless headset and the main reason I was looking to upgrade was that the wireless signal would drop every 10 to 15 minutes. So roughly every 15 minutes, audio would cut out and for about 5 to 10 seconds, I couldn’t hear what was going on around me. I couldn’t communicate with my team and they couldn’t communicate with me. Frustrated by the constant disconnects, and resulting deaths, I looked for another option.
I was considering going with another headset but decided to do some research first.
What I found was many people advising against getting a traditional “gaming” headset due to the speakers being overkill on bass. The mics used were also reportedly terrible. I decided if I were going to replace my headset, it would be with higher quality components.
I’d heard great things about Beats, but upon further research, I found that these too were overpowered on bass and didn’t produce as good of a sound as they advertise. I researched further and settled on the Audio-Technica ATH-M50X. These produce an overall great sound. They aren’t overly heavy on bass, and the mids and highs sound great. I was very happy with this purchase.
Now that I had a decent set of headphones, a good mic. was next on my list I wanted to get one that produced a good sound because I wanted to not only use it for gaming. I wanted to have a good mic for streaming on Twitch. I also wanted to make Let’s Play videos for YouTube and do voiceover work for them as well as offer voiceover service on Fiverr.com.
The Shure SM7B is a popular mic among streamers on Twitch, but at $400, it was out of my price range. The ElectroVoice RE20 is the gold star of the radio broadcast industry. I watched some great reviews on it, but it also was at a price outside of my budget. After a lot of consideration, I narrowed my choice down to the ElectroVoice RE320.
I went with the RE320 because, at a price of $250, it was within my budget. Because this is an xlr mic, requiring phantom power, I also needed an audio interface and mic pre-amp. I chose the Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 2nd Gen and the Cloudlifter CL-1. Adding in a Rode PSA-1 mic arm, this ended up being a pretty pricey setup.
After spending so much on my microphone and accessories, I had to hear test it. I loaded Audacity, put on the Logitech G930 headset and did a mic test. Upon the first playback, I thought it sounded decent. Then I did another mic test with the RE320. The results blew me away. I sounded crystal clear as if someone were speaking right next to me. I played back the recording of the G930 and I noticed the static in the background. My voice sounded a bit electronic. It was unnatural. It was then that I realized just how much a good microphone can make a difference.
Since using this mic, I’ve done a few game streams on Twitch and the audio has been amazing. With some professional microphone equipment at my disposal, I setup an account on Fiverr.com and sold my first voiceover gig. I’m hoping it will be the first of many. I feel like this microphone has opened up a whole new world of professional options I can now explore. I can’t wait to continue putting all of this great equipment to work.
So back to the question at hand, does your Twitch stream need professional audio? It depends. If you are streaming for fun with your friends, then no, you don’t need professional equipment. However, if you want to really get into Twitch and stream professionally, then good audio is a must. If you are looking to get into streaming on Twitch professionally and aren’t sure what equipment you may need, you can check out my previous post here, where I cover the equipment you need to get started.
If you have any suggestions of your own, please leave a comment below. Thank you for reading.