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We show you how to setup OBS for DJ streaming and make the most of your livestream sets on Mixcloud and Twitch

Best Practise: How to setup OBS for DJ streaming

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Go-ing, go-ing, going live? Well hopefully this will be a bit of advice you can use to get your DJ set or live performance stream set up nicely so you can perform to the world. We show you how to setup OBS for DJ streaming using OBS Studio or Twitch

Never has there been a more appropriate time to get set up with live streaming and doing so will allow you to perform from home or your studio. It doesn’t take a lot to get up and running and you don’t really need lots of extra kit.

 

Basic requirements

    • 3.5mm audio cable (if recording from a mixer/exernal controller plugged in to your laptop line in)
    • Laptop/PC with OBS Studio installed (with webcam if you want visuals too)
    • A place to stream to (so Twitch account or Mixcloud). You can use a Facebook page too but this won’t cover that.
 

Wiring up

Once you have your setup running, get OBS installed (available from https://obsproject.com/ – its completely free!) This section below is all about getting streaming with Mixcloud.

>> For Twitch you can use the preset within OBS.<<

 

How do I create a Scene?

The first step to setting up OBS Studio for Mixcloud Live is to create a Scene. This is what you’ll be showing to your audience and includes the audio, visuals and anything else you want to add which are called Sources.

A Scene should be automatically created for you, but if not you can add one by clicking the plus button at the bottom of the Scenes box. You can also name them so you may want to call it something like My Mixcloud Live Stream.

 

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How do I add Sources?

Audio

To learn how to setup OBS for DJ streaming then first you’ll want to add audio to your Scene so people can hear your show. To do this go to Sources and choose Audio Input Capture. This could be just the mic of your computer or an input from your equipment.

 

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Then name the source and click OK. OBS will then give you the option of what input you’d like to have for this source from those available on your computer.

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Click OK and you now have an audio source for your stream.

 

Video

Video is not essential to streaming on Mixcloud Live as most of your followers are interested in the music you play rather than what you look like. However if you do want to add visuals to your stream, you’ll need to add another input as with the audio.

To do this go to Sources and choose Video Capture Device.

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Then name the source and click OK. OBS will then give you the option of what input you’d like to have for this source from those available on your computer.

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Click OK and you now have a video source for your stream. You may want to resize the source to be the same size as the black square.

 

Logo

You may also want to add a logo or image alongside/rather than the video. 
To do this easily go to Sources and choose Image.

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Then name the source and Click OK. OBS will give you the option of what image you’d like to have for this source from those available on your computer.

Click OK and you now have an image that can be resized and positioned how you want.

 

How to setup OBS for DJ streaming to connect to Mixcloud Live?

 

With your stream sources set up, you’ll want to make sure the settings are correct for streaming on Mixcloud Live. To do this, go to the Settings tab on OBS Studio and select Stream.

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The settings you’ll want for Mixcloud Live are as follows:

Service – Custom…

Server – rtmp://rtmp.mixcloud.com/broadcast

Stream Key – this will be available through the Mixcloud Live setup process

We would recommend not changing any of your audio or video settings from the default on your on your streaming software. Changing the settings can result in the connection not working correctly.

 

A few tips

  • Don’t redline your mixer output. This will distort your signal and sound bad. This how to setup OBS for DJ streaming article will sound great if you follow the tips!
  • Use a wired ethernet cable instead of Wifi.
  • Bring your mic or line input slider down on your PC from 100% to around 5 – 15% depending on sensitivity of your sound card. This will help avoid distortion.


 

Thank you to Mixcloud.com and Brandon Rob on Facebook for the information collated above on how to setup OBS for DJ streaming.

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