Having the right Streaming Tools for the job is a must. The good part is that you don’t have to have the most expensive items to look and sound good. There are many options out there for people of all budget ranges.
In this article we’ll be covering microphones, webcams, and computers. Each one of these has to be of a certain quality to lend credence to your stream. If one part is sub-par your stream will come off unprofessional, even if you have the best option for the other two.
Streaming Tools: Microphones
The Neewer NW-700 has a single cardioid condenser microphone capsule which will pick up the sound directly in front of the device. This is a great starter microphone and comes with a stand, popfilter, XLR to Line-In cable, and as shock mount all for under $40 when using the link above.
The traditional Blue Snowball is very similar to the Snow Ball iCE but has three distinct differences. First there are two microphone capsules which allows for other settings then just cardioid mode.
However, since we as streamers talk directly into the microphone these other settings will be seldom used. Second, the Blue Snowball has an Omnidirectional Pick-up Pattern option that the iCE does not due to it’s single microphone capsule.
Lastly the traditional Snowball has an extended volume range down to -10dB. This extended range is not going to make you sound any better or worse.
The Blue Yeti is a very popular microphone among established streamers. However, it is the most expensive of the three we are listing here. It can do everything the previous two listed plus some extra features, such as a gain control nob, mute button, and zero-latency headphone output for monitoring your vocals in real time.
The Blue Yeti uses three condenser microphones in a tri-capsule array. This gives you the ability to record in multiple patterns such as, cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, and stereo modes. However, all that being said, most streamers will never use any setting other than cardioid while streaming. Making the Blue Yeti a bit of an overkill for starting out.Having the right streaming tools for the job is a must. Click To Tweet
The Rode NT-USB comes with a pop filter, tripod desk stand, ring mount, storage pouch and 6m (20’) USB cable. This is a studio quality mic with the convince of USB plug and play. There is even a 3.5mm headphone jack for latency free audio monitoring as well as a few mixer controls directly on the microphone.
Streaming Tools: Webcams
This webcam will get your face-cam picture-in-picture up and running at a minimal cost. The Logitech HD C310 is a full 720p HD webcam and will give you a great looking face cam on your stream. This webcam also has automatic light correction so you never look to bright or to dark for your audience.
The Logitch HD Pro C920 has full 1080p video quality with H.264 compression. The camera also comes with an HD glass lenses and persuasion auto focus. Don’t forget the automatic low-light correction that will keep you light balance perfect for your audience.
This is probably the most popular webcam in the streaming community due to it’s price and high quality. When it comes to having a good face-cam this is the webcam of choice.
Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux.
The Razer Stargazer is a very powerful webcam with some high end features. It can pack a 720p stream output at 60 FPS or 1080p at 30 FPS. This webcam comes with depth-sensing technology that will remove the background of your face-cam without the need for a green screen! The Stargazer is the first webcam with 3D scanning technology, this will allow you to scan your face or another object into the game you are playing. The 3D scanning can also be used in facial and gesture recognition software.
However with this great webcam you will need a good deal of overhead in your computer power. The requirements are as followed: sixth generation Intel CPU, USB 3.0, 4GB RAM, and Windows 10.