OGJunkyard's Stream Setup - Part 1: Intro
Have you ever wondered what a streamer’s setup looks like? What microphone did they buy? What camera do they use? Why is it ALL so clean?
Hey folks, it’s OGJunkyard. When I’m watching streams, I ALWAYS wonder how they got it to look the way they did. As streamers, we scrutinize EVERY detail of our streams, and we are always looking for ways that we can raise our production value in hopes that it will help us score that extra follow, subscriber, or headshot. Sometimes, it comes down to the way we lay out our streaming software, such as OBS, and other times it comes down to doing clever tricks and promoting ourselves well. But, one of the most important things before we get to any of that stuff is having the best gear we can and use it well.
In this five-part post series, I’m going to talk about what makes a stream great from a technical aspect. I’m also going to break down my streaming setup in excruciating detail. I’ll talk about why I’ve made just about every single decision I’ve made about practically every piece of gear I own because A LOT of thought has gone into this setup. I’m going to talk about the thought behind all of the choices, but it all comes down to being fanatical about the viewer’s experience.
Who is this series for?
The information is for streamers who know they are going to be streaming for the long haul. You know you are at this point when you’ve been streaming for at least 3-6 months on a consistent schedule. You are probably streaming 3 or more days per week. You probably have 10+ average viewers. You don’t cancel streams without a good reason and you do your best to be on time for every stream. You take it seriously, and for you, this is becoming more than a hobby and something you may want to eventually do as a job/career.
Maybe you’ve made some basic upgrades already, but you aren’t quite sure what your next purchases should be. You know you definitely want your stream to look nicer than LOLTyler1’s stream but definitely can’t drop the big bucks on a S-Tier setup like Ninja.
Why you should trust me
From a PC-building aspect, I’ve built more than a dozen PCs for a variety of use cases, everything from home/gaming PCs to servers that were the backbone for the way major companies shipped software to their employees and end users.
From an audio and video perspective, I’ve taken multiple courses and a workshop around film production and produced my own short film, as well as helped on a half-dozen other short-film and indie films. I’ve read multiple books on audio, photography, and film, so I’ve got a decent head for the theory that underpins video and audio.
I’ve also spent OVER $10,000 on my streaming setup over the course of 7 years. Some of these choices have been great, others could have been money better spent (or not spent at all). There’s been a lot of lessons learned along the way, which I hope to share with you so you can make better choices than I have along the way and avoid the absolute duds.
Even though my setup cost over $10,000, I’ll never ask you to spend that on your setup. In fact, I don’t want you to spend that until you decide that each and every one of those items are worth it and makes sense for YOUR content. I’d much rather you to pick the right upgrades at the right times and your community help you get these upgrades. In fact, upgrades can make great donation goals for your community to chip into, by the way.
What else should you expect
In this series, I’ll also give you a breakdown on what I’d recommend you upgrade in what order. I’ll also have some recommendations at various price points for the big ticket items (Camera, Microphone, etc.) so you can spend your money smarter when it’s right for you. At the very bottom, I have a table of all of my gear and links on where to find it.
I may present information and/or topics you haven’t heard of before and I’ll do my best to explain the stuff that I feel like most people wouldn’t readily understand. I’ll also link out to other resources as well, but if you need to look something up that I may have missed, go right ahead. If there’s something that you think we should include in the articles or write about in general, please let us know. If you don’t understand what something is or you need more help, please join us in the StreamSounds Discord Server and ask us questions. We’d LOVE to help you improve!
A cautionary note
Upgrades will not magically make your stream 10x better and get you 10x as many subs as you had before. Your natural stream growth should drive your stream upgrades, not the other way around. Think of stream upgrades as the reward your community gets on your journey of growth. It is validation that you are delivering great content and makes the stream a better entertainment experience for your community, NOT YOU. It’s nice having a great looking and sounding stream, but if no one’s watching, was the money worth it?
The Posts in this Series
Finally, here’s the content to expect:
- OGJunkyard’s Stream Setup - Part 1: Introduction (This Post)
- OGJunkyard’s Stream Setup - Part 2: Streaming PC
- OGJunkyard’s Stream Setup - Part 3: Audio
- OGJunkyard’s Stream Setup - Part 4: Video
- OGJunkyard’s Stream Setup - Part 5: Conclusion
At the end of each post, there will be a table of all of my streaming gear, down to the specific cables and adapters I’ve used. I want you to use this content not as a template of what to buy and where to get it, but rather as an idea of what a high quality streaming setup could look like and what thought went into it. You will probably make different decisions than I did, and that can be a great thing. You might find something that fits your situation better than what’s listed in this series of posts.
I hope you are excited to dig into my streaming setup as much as I am, and I’ll see you in the next article.
OGJunkyard’s Streaming Gear
|Streaming PC||AMD Ryzen 9 3950x||CPU (AKA Processor)||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Streaming PC||G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series RAM (32GB, 4 x 8GB)||RAM||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Streaming PC||Magewell Pro Capture Quad HDMI Capture Card||Capture card for video feeds||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Streaming PC||ASUS Essence STX II Sound Card||Sound card for both sending and receiving audio||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Streaming PC||Elgato Stream Deck XL||Hotkeys and switching scenes||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Streaming PC||Logitech G600||Mouse||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Streaming PC||Ergodox-EZ||Keyboard||Ergodox-EZ Website|
|Streaming PC||Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair||Incredible chair that I’ve used for years||Herman Miller Website|
|Audio||Heil PR40||Microphone||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Audio||Mackie 1402VLZ4||Audio Mixer handling all audio||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Audio||Cloudlifter CL-1||Gain booster for Dynamic Microphones||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Audio||Beyerdynamic Amiron||Nice headphones to make sure everything sounds juuussssssstttt right||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Audio||Roland VT-4||Audio signal modulator to add vocal effects||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Audio||Behringer HD400 Hum Destroyer||Isolator that sits between the Mackie Mixer and the Behringer Multicom Pro XL and eliminates audio hum/noise||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Audio||Behringer Multicom Pro XL||Compressor, Limiter, and Gate for Microphone||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Audio||PROZOR 192k Digital to Analog Audio Converter||Converts the digital audio signal extracted from HDMI into analog audio to send into the mixer||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Audio||Mogami XLR Cables||Cables for the Microphone||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Video||Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K||Camera that’s overkill for streaming, but great to use||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Video||Rokinon 24mm T1.5 Micro Four-Thirds Lens||Solid lens for the Camera||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Video||Elgato Green Screen||Green screen to remove my background||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Video||Zettaguard 4K 60Hz 4x1 HDMI Switch||Takes in multiple HDMI signals and provides an easy way to switch between them||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Video||SIIG 4K HDR HDMI Splitter with Audio Extraction||Duplicates one HDMI signal into two signals and also extracts the audio from the HDMI signal as well||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Video||Logitech C920||Extra camera for stream setup (not pictured)||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Video||Logitech C922||Extra camera for stream setup (not pictured)||Amazon (affiliate link)|
|Video||Dracast S Series Lights (DRSP-500D)||Lighting for streamer and green screen||Amazon (affiliate link) (Closest I could find)|
|Video||Neewer C Stand||Acts as camera stand currently because of space constraints||Amazon (affiliate link)|