So, I recently made a clean break with Razer, and have stopped using the gear I had of their brand. Why? Various reasons, actually, but it comes down to this: The mic on the Kraken headset just wasn’t good enough, and kept cutting out. I couldn’t use the Orbweaver keypad, because it was causing LOTRO to crash. Finally, if my old Naga MMO mouse was the only Razer device I was still using, I was better off going to the new wireless mouse I got earlier this year. Nothing against Razer, I like their products (clearly I do, or I wouldn’t go to them first when I need something), but I needed to go Lo-Fi to make my livestreams and podcasts work.
So anyway, here’s a rundown on the gear I currently 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… 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: Fifine USB Condenser Microphone
This is my first, original podcasting mic. It isn’t a Blue, or some other fancy brand, but it gets the job done with great sound quality, especially for the price.
Headphones: Koss UR-20 Headphones
They get the job done. Light enough, decent sound. That’s about all I can say here, really. These are of course replacing my Razer Kraken 7.1 Headset.
Mouse: Uhuru Wireless Gaming Mouse
Another part of the clean break from Razer, I replaced my Naga MMO mouse with this common wireless mouse. It doesn’t have all the buttons the Naga did, but I wasn’t using the number pad on the Naga anyway, so this does just fine. Battery life is good, it can charge while in use with a UBS cable, and does have some RGB effects (which matches my set-up). Yay.
- OBS Suite (Video/Audio recording & streaming)
- FaceRig (Animated Character Software)
- Discord (Group/Follower audio chat)
- Chatty (Java-based Twitch Chat monitoring software)