Gear

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… Anyway, this is quite useful if I want to do a face reveal, and it works better than the camera in the laptop for face tracking via FaceRig.

Microphone: Blue Yeti (USB, Teal model)

Yikes, this is a great mic! It makes my old mic – not to mention the one on the Razer Kraken headset – sound like talking over two tin cans connected by string. What I like best is the ability to switch modes with this microphone. It can be used in Cardioid mode for solo livestreaming or podcasting, or Omnidirectional when casting or streaming with multiple people in the room. It can also be used in Bidirectional for doing interviews, or Stereo mode when there are multiple voices in front of the mic, although I don’t expect to use those last two modes too often. Point is, this is a very versatile microphone, at a reasonable price!

Headphones: LyxPro OEH-10 Open-Back Headphones

My Razer Kraken headset shit the bed, so I picked up these headphones to use instead. They are studio-quality, very comfortable to wear for long periods of time (such as during a Livestream), and very affordable.

Mouse: Uhuru Wireless Gaming Mouse

I moved to this mouse when I initially broke away from Razer products, and like it so much that I’ll be staying with it after the begrudging return to the Razer fold. Unless Razer puts out a truly-wireless mouse I haven’t heard of yet (wired to a repeater like the Naga MMO doesn’t count), I’m sticking with Uhuru for now. Inexpensive, good battery like, a solid mouse all around.

Software:

  • OBS Suite (Video/Audio recording & streaming)
  • FaceRig (Animated Character Software)
  • Discord (Group/Follower audio chat)
  • Chatty (Java-based Twitch Chat monitoring software)

Note: I would be quite interested in being sponsored by Razer, MSI, SteelSeries, Logitech, etc. DM me on Twitter if you’d like to discuss a partnership!