Here’s a rundown on the gear I use to record the show:
Main Rig: MSI GE63VR Raider-001 gaming laptop
- Windows 10
- Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor
- 32GB DDR4 2400Mhz RAM
- 15.6″ Full HD 120Hz 3ms Wide view 94%NTSC Color Anti-Glare 1920×1080
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8G GDDR5
- 512GB M.2 SATA
1TB Hybrid HDD (7200 RPM)
- Steel Series Full-Color Backlight keyboard with Anti-Ghost key + silver lining
- Nahimic 2 Surround Sound System
Camera: Logitech C922 Webcam (with background removal)
Could I have stuck with the webcam built into my laptop, to record myself for livestreaming? Sure, but they rarely have software to remove the background around their subject, which is a feature I wanted (trust me, you don’t want to see my house). So I picked up this Logitech webcam, and by Gawd is the C922 one Hell of a camera! It just works, with very little configuration needed. It also has a built-in stereo microphone, so if you don’t want to buy a separate microphone, you can use the webcam mic. It isn’t as good as a real microphone, but probably better than what comes in most laptops, so…
Headset: Razer Kraken Chroma V2
So, interesting story here. The Fifine condenser microphone I was using has been just fine, as has been the neckband headset I recently got. But with my sweetie Tenknife wanting to get into streaming, she wanted a headset of her own, so she shopped around and decided upon the Razer Kraken Chroma V2, the “Mercury” edition (which is to say “White”). When she got it, I gave it a try, and by Gawd if these aren’t the best headset I’ve ever used! Because one of our issues will be playing in the same room, we needed to avoid echoing our voices on each other’s microphones, and the Razer Kraken solves that by including a mic with active noise suppression. It’s built for use in loud areas like LAN parties, and I can attest to the fact that IT WORKS! I tested it with the TV on loud, my sweetie talking to her mom on the phone, and when I wasn’t talking… absolute silence over the mic. And even when I was talking, the background is mostly removed. So, yes, I immediately ordered myself a pair, in the standard black coloring, with some replacement cooling gel ear pads, because I wear my headphones for hours and want to be cool and comfortable.
Keypad: Razer Orbweaver Chroma
I don’t really need this, but I bought it because my last laptop had a major overheating issue, which necessitated using a keypad to play my games. That said, this is a quality keypad, which nice mechanical keys that feel good while gaming. When you press a key, you know it, and it has a very satisfying tactile response. Now that I’m using it, even though I don’t really need it, I can’t imaging playing most MMORPGs without it, especially classic games like Rift, WoW, and LOTRO. Definitely worth a buy.
Mouse: Razer Naga Epic
I. Love. This. Mouse. I love it so much, when my wife’s mouse died a few years back, I bought her one of these, and now we both love it. They are very hard to find now, and there are more advanced versions available from Razer, but my Naga Epic has lasted so long I can’t imagine using anything else. Yes, it really is just that good!
- OBS Suite (Video/Audio recording & streaming)
- FaceRig (Animated Character Software)
- Discord (Group/Follower audio chat)
- Chatty (Java-based Twitch Chat monitoring software)