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Real Time Audio Processing for Live Streaming – Mixing a Live Stream

what’s up guys today we’re talking about
optimizing your audio for your live streaming talk shows
we just perfected our audio and we’re excited to share with you guys exactly
how we did it it’s gonna be so exciting because we do a live show every week and
we’ve actually never really looked into the audio and tweaked it perfectly the
way people do in radio so I think you’re really going to be excited to see what
we’ve done so first of all I want to show you guys
what we purchased to get this done so we purchased from a vocal
plug-in and this vocal plug-in includes some really high-end like Grammy
award-winning plugins that they use so there’s one to take out that breath
there’s one to boost up the audio you can tell that it’s very robust we have a
renaissance channel here which is a compressor and an equalizer which we can
also have a threshold for attack and then we also have some Auto tuning stuff
so fun and then one more thing I just want to show is this one new one that we
got it’s so cool it’s called the vocal rider and what it does is it listens to
the audio in your setup and then automatically makes changes so so no
matter to you guys using oh my gosh it’s so cool so let’s start off by showing
you our desktop so here’s our desktop here what we’ve done is we’ve got three
different pieces of audio and one of the things that I wanted to mention before
you get started is you probably want to be using an asio driver and this is
something we’re be talking a lot more about but for recording what you can see
here is we’re using a focus right USB and you if you’re using Windows you want
to make sure that’s enabled as your default device you hit set default so if
I set that one I’m not gonna change it now but the recording but that’s how you
set the default so what we’re gonna do now I can see I’m actually peaking just
a little tiny bit so I’m gonna show you guys how to tweak it and get it just
perfect we’re gonna do some live tweaking here live tweaking which would
be a lot of fun but here we go okay so with Accio drivers we can actually
bring it use one mixer to bring in three different video or sorry audio inputs
from a single mixer essentially our microphones separately yeah because
that’s what we wanted to do because Tess and I have different voices we have I
can already see here I’m gonna turn my vocal rider down just a little here
there we go as it slowly boosts or pulls down my audio but anyway let’s start
from the beginning so the most important thing is that Tess and I and actually
Michael now all have independent audio channels so that we can have different
settings individually manage them so we’ll look at mine real quick and we go
into plugins here these are VST 3 plugins and the first probably coolest
one is this Renasant act stereo and it’s essentially a compressor that really
just makes your set sound so much more robust there’s really just something now
that settings there’s a threshold you can see how much more robust my audio
sounds there’s an attack which is essentially how many milliseconds it
takes for the plug-in to to jump in and change your audio and then there’s a
gain which kind of just limits what’s happening so that you know you don’t
peak or ever get any fuzziness so you set that up here’s what it sounds like
with and without first of all let me just turn all of these off real quick so
this is what I sound like without any of it so you can see the difference this is
what would sound like with any of these adjustments once you start turning these
on it sounds so much better so we looked at the act stereo it’s very very nice
and robust and these are all saved preset settings yeah well we need to
save the settings actually let me save this one you can see you can go back in
and access the proper settings at any time so you don’t have to do this every
time you log on and by the way we’re using V mix for this tutorial the mix
does allow you to install these plugins to adjust your audio good call Tess so
I’m gonna save that as Paul so we’ve got a setting for me that I can
reload later the next is the de-esser and that’s a good point tess that you
can go in here and choose from multiple settings so we are choosing and let me
just click something really quickly so I can zoom into this just a hair sorry for
some live testing but just so that we can zoom in to show you guys some of
this stuff in closer detail every up not that one sorry all right
sorry about that guys here we go boom now in the audio settings is hidden from
me right yeah there we go so now you can see the de-esser a little bit closer up
but it is kind of small and essentially just go in a little more even sorry
okay so there’s a de-esser and again I’m just loading a preset I’ve got a male
wide on here it just takes out some of that set that s sounds that we don’t
need this is my favorite one here this is called the vocal rider
and this vocal rider is so cool so as I talk it goes up and down so if I’m
talking really softly it’ll actually boost my audio and then if I’m talking
too loud it’ll take it down so it’s like having literally a live mixer mixing
your audio for you and just making everything level a perfect audio mixer
that is some serious robot action and you can put that on anything you could
throw this on a video track and have a video basically just equalized live yeah
we should probably do that with all of our mp3s
so this is a lot I would take a lot of time but we could definitely do it and
this is a live audio mixer like at your service now this one here is super
interesting and very powerful what this does is it’s a compressor and so the
ratio of compression that I have and I’ve read about this for talk shows for
podcasts you usually want to be in the neighborhood of two to four so the
compression is a good thing and yeah I had you know you don’t want
the attack to be too slow fast because it can kind of feel unnatural so we’ve
got the attack up at six milliseconds that’s pretty good and then I didn’t
have to mess with it too much again if you’re new to this you can just choose a
preset and I’ve chosen a vocal preset nice so it’s really super easy but the
reason why there’s so many presets is because you could throw this on like a
guitar or something like that mm-hmm a lot of it is for musicians and
we will be bringing in guitars and different things to to show how all that
works later but today we’re just talking about like podcast right talk shows
finally this is one is my favorite one this is an auto tuner so
this actually will live tune a singer to the notes that it wants we’re just I
bought it just because I want to be working more with musicians and artists
and stuff and this will live auto-tune for them and I do think after playing
around with it it does make the audio sound a little better but before further
ado let’s switch to Tessa’s audio so again the reason why we do this is
because now Tess has her own audio all the way over there
and now all of her stuff I apologize there’s a lot of buttons here can be
done individually of mine right because that was really important for us so here
I’m again and Tess has a little bit of threshold why don’t you talk us through
this tess it’s your voice yeah sure so this is where you’re going to make your
voice sound more robust and this is where I feel like the radio tune sound
is really kind of coming from don’t you feel like that’s what really brings us
out to light so my maybe a little bit lower than Paul’s cuz my voice is higher
and so he’s just made minor adjustments there and this is our save preset is
this also my voice already go ahead and save that for myself now we already
talked about the answer yeah is that for the s’s is that the one that was for
the S’s and now this one what was this one before again the compressor I’ve got
that voice over preset already nice there’s a couple other ones we could
play around with we’re just deep settings there it seems like not
too much compression because we already have a compressor but it helps with the
with the gating in the game mm-hmm I think you’re so fine and you’re mine
I’ll be yours till the end of time little peeking but we don’t normally
sing during our broadcast but just because if it is me now the target of
yes I’ll turn the target down a little bit and that that target up there is
where it’s trying its best to see us turning you up right now because you’re
not talking yes go ahead and so if I get like really excited about something like
oh my gosh I can’t wait for the streaming Awards it’s going to bring me
down but if Paul’s in the other room and when we want to talk about him and make
fun of whatever it is that he’s doing it’s gonna bring me up so you guys can
hear me but he can’t I think that’s so cool how you get like whisper and it
actually takes you up yeah I could really use that tool yeah anybody that’s
a little bit spontaneous with their vocal levels it’s really gonna help I could
even see us like bringing this in as an input and actually showing it during the
show yeah which we’re gonna do now the last one
this is for you tess it is oh it’s alright I turn it off okay Mike so
we have to turn our headphones up so we can hear what Tess is doing so all right
that’s gonna show up not that one alright so this is super creepy just
this one we’re trying to be talking bigger or so we basically just wanted to show you
guys some of the tools that are really at your disposal things that we didn’t
know existed before but recently acquired I think that it’s really gonna
help your live show especially if the talk show this is also available for
podcasting and then we’re gonna be applying this knowledge into some case
studies that we’re doing soon with singer-songwriter small bands DJs and
actually a music festival that were streaming in July so don’t forget to
subscribe you don’t become a video production
expert overnight and we want to help you guys get there and come along for the
ride thank you guys for watching bye

Robin Kshlerin



  1. AndyMorphs Posted on May 17, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    This is great and would work really well for some cases but do you potentially run the risk of sounding to perfect? I know that it sounds mental but sometimes it nice when someone shouts and it peaks but it shows that person is really excited and gives them a personality. If that makes sense 🤪

  2. John Thomson Posted on May 17, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Are you using any of the standard vMix audio functions like noise gate, compressor, etc?

    Got DeEsser a while back based on the feedback in the various groups – it's highly rated by the experts in our community. The other plugin I purchased based on good feedback from the community is NS1 Noise Suppressor. Great for removing background hiss and other unwanted noise.

    Discovered Vocal Rider, I believe, while watching some of Warren Huart's live streams on music production. Only concern is it works too well and removes some of the dramatic volume changes from live streams.

    Will need to go check out those other plugins you've highlighted.

    How come you've not used the DeBreath plugin that comes with the Vocal bundle? Paul is a self confessed breather and there are a few instances of breathes in this video.

    Thanks again Paul and Tess (and not forgetting Michael).

  3. Robert Jean-Louis Posted on May 18, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Does th waves audio plugins work in OBS?

  4. ICC Stage Posted on May 18, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Going to have some fun with these plugins!

  5. Jonathan Steele Posted on May 18, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    This is great information thank you!

  6. David Lee Posted on May 19, 2018 at 2:39 am

    I think they're pretty sweet, especially the vocal rider. Audio is a very important aspect

  7. Kristen Parisi Posted on May 20, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Very helpful

  8. Christopher Kiewel Posted on May 21, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Thank goodness for presets there's sooo many settings to adjust!

  9. Thomas Hendricks Posted on May 21, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    powerful audio tools

  10. chad wilpitz Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Great plugins and cheap!!

  11. Nick Pendergrass Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:52 pm


  12. Eric Carpenter Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:53 pm


  13. Muncie Alliance Posted on May 21, 2018 at 5:54 pm


  14. Irvin Cee Posted on May 21, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    great tutorial

  15. John Thomson Posted on May 21, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Some interesting plugins to true out.

  16. Anneke de Bruyn Posted on August 12, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    If you really want that radio sound you might want to use a multiband compressor.