I get asked this question a lot! “What equipment do you use for your shows?” I figured rather than answer it over and over again, I’d make a web-page to point people in the right direction. Just for full transparency these are affiliate links, and if you make purchases using these links you’re directly supporting the show.

Audio

Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Cardioid Studio Microphone Bundle with PRSM Shock Mount, Two-Section Broadcast Arm and Microphone Cable.

To be fair, this microphone is probably overkill, I love how it sounds, the noise rejection is top notch, but I could have bought a cheaper one and been just as happy with it I’m sure.

GoXLR – Mixer, Sampler, & Voice FX for Streamers

If you’re podcasting or streaming live, this mixer is fantastic. I used to use a cheaper Berhinger mixer, but this has so much functionality that has changed how I record my shows that I’d never ever go back. If however you’re looking for something to record multiple people locally this isn’t for you, and you’re probably better off with a Rodecaster Pro Which I want, but its a bunch more money.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset – Lossless High Fidelity Wireless + Bluetooth for PS4 and PC These are incredibly comfortable, the microphone (which I never use) tucks away easily, and they don’t use wires which is a huge plus in my book. The base station always has a battery in it charging so if your headset gets low, you can just swap it out on the fly without missing a beat.

Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone When I go to a convention like DragonCon or RetroGameCon, I bring this mic to interview people in the field. It works GREAT and just plugs into the bottom of my iPhone. I wish I had bought it sooner.

Camera

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.3 MP SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD – Body Only (Black) I get asked about my camera all the time, its fantastic. I was lucky and was able to get mine VERY VERY cheap.

Meike 12mm F/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Foucs Prime Lens for Sony E Mount APS-C Mirrorless Cameras You can’t use a DSLR camera without a lens. Mine came with a lens which I used for a bit, but I wanted a wider shot to show off my studio a bit better so I ended up going for this lens. I’m pretty happy with it, though I do with it were a zooming lens or had auto focus features.

AC-PW20 AC Power Adapter Supply and DC Coupler kit Fully Decoded replacement for NP-FW50 Battery Sony Alpha You don’t want to run your camera off the battery the whole time, so you need this to keep your camera powered.

Elgato Cam Link 4K — Broadcast Live, Record via DSLR, Camcorder, or Action cam, 1080p60 or 4K at 30 fps, Compact HDMI Capture Device, USB 3.0 One of the down sides of using a DSLR camera is you can’t simply plug in a USB cord to get the image into your scene. For this I recommend the Cam Link. It’s small plugs into USB 3.0 and has HDMI on the other end.

Rankie Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable, Supports Ethernet, 3D, 4K and Audio Return, 6 Feet The camera has Micro HDMI and the Cam Link has HDMI, so of course you need a wire that will connect them. This was the cheapest I found.

11″ Adjustable Robust Articulating Friction Magic Arm , DSLR / Mirrorless / Action Camera You can’t simply balance your camera on top of your monitor so you’ll need something to put it where you want. This thing is fantastic. You can put your camera in just about any position to get the shot you want for your show.

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam I used this as my main camera for a long time, when I upgraded I decided it would be cool to have a second camera that kind of shows the room. So this is my “Skycam”

Lighting

Elgato Key Light – Professional Studio LED Panel with 2500 Lumens, Color Adjustable, App-Enabled – PC and Mac Having a good camera is great, but having good lighting is a REQUIREMENT My studio is lit with two of these, they are pointed away from me toward the slanted ceiling in my studio and the light bounces off to light the room. At full brightness they are all but impossible to look at. Very bright lights and you can control them from your PC which is awesome.

Led Light Strip,Nexlux WiFi Wireless Smart Phone Controlled 16.4ft Waterproof Strip Light Kit White PCB 5050 LED Lights Behind me I have a set of shelves with my gaming collection on them. I use three LED light strips to light those shelves, the desk to my left and the Arcade cabinet to my right. This is certainly unnecessary, but I like the way it looks.

Capture

I’m not going to list off all of my PC hardware, because it really doesn’t matter for the most part. The important stuff is listed below and you can hook these up to just about any PC and be on your way.

Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro – Stream and record in 1080p60, superior low latency technology, H.264 hardware encoding, PCIe This lets me capture my Switch/PS4 whatever game console I want to stream/record. I like that its inside the computer rather than dangling like external capture cards.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC Ultra Gaming, 6GB GDDR6, Dual HDB Fans Graphics Card 06G-P4-2167-KR Streaming / Recording gameplay is very CPU intensive. I purchased this graphics card because RTX cards have a chip specifically for encoding game play for streaming/recording. Since buying this card I’ve run into very few problems when it comes to my PC being able to keep up with what I throw at it when streaming.

Other

Elgato Stream Deck – Live Content Creation Controller with 15 Customizable LCD Keys This thing makes creating content SOOO much easier! It isn’t 100% necesarry, but once you try one you’ll never want to be without.

I use OBS Studio for streaming, its fantastic software, and if you want to know how to use it I highly recommend you watch Epos Vox’ tutorial series on it.

For recording and editing the audio podcast I use Reaper. I used Audacity for a long time but Reaper is far better in just about every way. It also works with my GOXLR so I can record different audio on different channels, this makes editing much faster and easier.

I don’t often edit video, when I do I use LumaTouch on my iPad. Editing is EASIER on the PC with Vegas Pro, but LumaTouch renders video so much faster its worth the inconvenience of editing without mouse/keyboard.