How to enable your stream with OBS for Windows

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Now that your video output is set, it's time to switch to audio. Without great audio, your stream will be a disaster, so it's important to get things right. If you have multiple audio devices that you want to connect to, I recommend that you use Voicemeeter Banana to manage things, because it's extremely powerful and once you've finished the first learning curve.

Whatever you use, here is how you can set your audio in OBS.

  1. Click settings in the main window.
  2. Select the audio tab from the menu.

There are now a number of boxes to indicate to the software what your desktop audio devices are (speakers, headphones, etc.) and your microphone or other auxiliary equipment. You also have options to enable push-to-talk or push-to-mute for each hardware audio device connected to your PC.



I prefer to use Voicemeeter via such a set because it is easier to manage and you only have to set up one audio device in OBS. In this case, set the microphone to your Voicemeeter output and turn off everything else.

Levels can be managed from the mixer in the main OBS window. If you use a console, it is important to remember that the audio for this will be its own (even if you use Voicemeeter) and you will have to manage this within OBS. Pro tip: Switch it off, it will be way too loud with the default settings.

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The Seiren X is an excellent microphone for streamers. It is affordable, sounds good, is not very large and has a shock absorption within it, so that you get vibration damping, whether on an arm or on a desktop stand.

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