In this article, we examine the equipment for you to produce a streaming event. Further articles will focus on advanced setup, but in this article, we share some of the equipment that we have been using to stream. While big production obviously helps presentation, we don’t want you to be intimidated by it. To provide an intimate streaming concert you will be surprised at how inexpensive it can be.
The most basic equipment needed is a smartphone, but while this may be sufficient for some behind the scenes sessions, we do believe the best way is to utilise a computer or laptop and the accessories you can add can enhance the experience for your supporters.
While not computers come with a webcam today, please think about the quality. To provide a higher definition picture for your fans makes sense. A webcam with at least 1080p is what we would recommend and these are relatively inexpensive and you will be thankful for the investment.
Personally, I use a Logitech C920 which has 1080p high definition, which we use with a tripod to give us even more flexibility.
Other brands to consider include Microsoft and Razor. You can pick up a great quality webcam for less than $A200. Here is a great list that details some of the best ones around at the moment.
Getting a great quality microphone is so important to you as an artist, and the range of great quality mics can be confusing. Personally, I have two great microphones, I have my Blue Yeti microphone attached to my desktop computer, and I was able to get a great streaming microphone from Catch for just under $70. The Blue Yeti range of mics kicks off at around $150 around the net. Other great brands are Rode, Razer, Audio Technica and JLab. Check out this article which details some of the best microphones for 2020.
When streaming, you want your audience to see you. Mistakes are made in the lighting department. The key is to have the lighting in front of you and not behind you. Behind you will create problems. Again there is a range of inexpensive reflector lighting kits available online, on marketplaces like Ebay and Amazon. Lighting can be something that confuses many, but it doesn’t need to be. Again, there are some great articles that provide a list of lighting kits that can be used for your streaming endevours.
You should think about the backdrop and the professional image you want to portray. We always recommend an uncluttered background as it maintains the focus on you, the entertainer. To help with this, you could use backdrops with a solid colour that works best. Probably the one piece of kit you could get away with to get started with your streaming endevours, but if you are keen to look at the options, again EBAY or Amazon are both going to provide you plenty of options.
In conclusion, you don’t have to break the bank to set up a streaming toolkit for your new enterprise. Hopefully, this article will have given you some ideas on how to get the equipment you need to get started.
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