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Learn how to live stream on Twitch using the iRig with minimal cost
The same setup works across all social media platforms, just swap the Twitch mobile app with the Facebook/Instagram/Periscope app.
I was bored one weekend and decided that I wanted to try out Twitch to live stream a DJ set. I turned to Google and really struggled to find any quick and easy guides that showed step-by-step, how to actually go about setting up a stream with pro audio quality.
I have an iRig that I bought for under $6 USD that I occasionally use to record guitar noodling into my mobile phone, and it occurred to me that the same device might actually be perfect to bridging line audio from my decks into my mobile phone.
I’ve seen a fair few friends do the occasional live DJ stream on Facebook, but it’s always a let down to hear crummy audio quality captured through the mobile phone’s internal microphone.
In this quick, illustrated guide, I’ll show you how to quickly set up a Twitch/Facebook/Instagram live DJ stream so you can start showing off your skills and tracks online.
P.S. Consider checking out the following articles related to streaming while you’re here:
The iRig 2 (check it out here) offers you the additional flexibility of being able to control the volume from the iRig itself, however, it is not necessary. The iRig 1suffices — and does a perfectly capable job at a much cheaper price point.
The only downside known is that the iRig will sum your output in MONO. A small trade-off for the convenience that mobile streaming allows for.
These are pretty easy to find across most good hardware stores, or you can pick one up on Amazon here.
2. A standard RCA cable (2 male to 2 male)
Nothing exciting here. A standard RCA cable, with male jacks. Again, available in all hardware/electronics stores. Or you can pick up one here.
3. A mobile phone holder
There are a variety of these available, and are necessary if you want to get a nice viewing angle of your stream. Here are a couple of options I recommend that are quite affordable:
4. The Twitch Mobile App
It’s free, and pretty intuitive. You’ll need it on your mobile in order to start broadcasting. You can download it here.
Setting Up The Live DJ Stream On Twitch
Great, you have everything you need. Now let’s put the pieces together.
Step 1: Make The Connections
Connect your RCA cables to the 2nd pair of master outs in your mixer. In my case, I am using the Pioneer XDJ RX2 unit.
Depending on the type of jack they use, you may require a different set of cables to make this work. If you only have 1/4 jack ins available as master outs, you will require this configuration instead (which won’t require an adapter)
Connect the iRig cable to your mobile phone to complete the audio connections.
Step 2: Gain Staging/Setting Your Levels
Aim for all greens to get yourself at a suitable level that is not distorting at the mixer stage. If you need more volume, turn it up from your speakers instead of the mixer’s gain.
The first time you run a live stream, start a song up and let it play through the loud sections.
Head over to your laptop, load up the stream link and have a listen to it as an audience member to check that everything is in order.
Adjust the audio volume as necessary.
Once you’ve achieved the right volume, you can take a photo of what levels you’ve used on your mixer so you can quickly recall those settings for future streams.
Why You Should Be Streaming On Twitch
Twitch is a platform that has been around for quite some time now, and is only really starting to gain momentum in the past few years.
While streaming on Facebook and Instagram does have its merits, you are limited to new users finding finding out about you.
The data also paints a picture that strongly favors Twitch as the superior platform for content creators in 2019. Have a look at the chart below, taken from Moz, a marketing analytics company.
What Makes Twitch So Appealing To Streamers?
Unlike Facebook or Instagram, Twitch allows you to publically broadcast to an audience of over 15,000,000 daily users (and growing). And if you follow the guide above, you can do it all for under $15 USD (assuming you own a smartphone).
Facebook’s organic reach for business pages (like your DJ page) in 2019 is as low as 2%. What that means is that if you have a page with 100 fans, and are not boosting your content, your videos only stand a chance to reach 2 out of a 100 people.
Isn’t Twitch Just A Platform For Gamers?
While you’re not entirely wrong, the platform is actually home to content creators of all genres, and there are plenty of creatives and musicians who have amassed an impressive following on the platform. Over time, I expect the Twitch platform to become the standard for creative live streaming.
If you’re a DJ, producer or musician, it’s important to be in-tune with what platforms make the most sense for you to get eyeballs in front of your content.
Quite understandably, many are hesitant to try out “yet another” social platform as the amount of dedication the other big 3 (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) take to manage can be overwhelming enough.
That being said, we encourage you to take the initiative to explore up-and-coming platforms to leverage as much coverage as you can. Because in this digital age, attention is the commodity, and you’re competing against billions of eyeballs to have a piece of that pie.