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    Yeah, streamer, not streaker. That part of my life is well past, the last episode being like 16 years ago when I ran around my buddy's apartment complex in nothing but socks. Anyway...

    I had an idea that sounded fun to me, but was met with varying levels of "meh" by the folks I brought it up to in Mumble. I'm pretty shitty at gaming, so that's not what I'm gonna do. To be fair, I'm pretty shitty at what the stream is going to be, but fuck it, it's a shot at having fun. The idea is to have an interactive kind of music stream; the audience (if anyone tunes in to watch) will choose various parts of the song. I'll play a couple of chord progressions, and the folks will vote on which one they like. Then I'll throw down a bassline and drums, doing the same thing, taking advice such as "Hey, throw a ride cymbal in there" or "make it 100 bpm instead of 75 bpm" or "get the fuck off of Twitch, you imbecile".

    I've got my office set up, got a cheesy wall tapestry I'm gonna hang up. I've got the instruments, the microphone, the camera. What I don't have is ANY FUCKING CLUE WHAT I'M DOING AFTER THAT. I've watched a handful of streams in the past, mostly Wex driving a truck or some shit, so I rally have no idea how to set this Twitch thing up to make my channel look a bit less half-assed. I'd like it to be at least 3/4-assed. I think I've gotten the audio to a level that's acceptable; I'm running it through my AudioBox interface, with the mic and headphones plugged into it. Running a test stream (it was live, as I didn't notice the preview option), it sounded halfway decent, and I adjusted the focus on my camera afterward, which gives wonderful detail to my ugly mug.

    Going further, I think I figured out why I was only getting sound out of the right ear (mixer on the Audiobox was set all the way to the right...derp), but I'm not sure how folks run their streams audio-wise. As I was testing, the stream delay was playing back in my ear as I was playing the guitar; I was playing loudly enough that it didn't affect my already subpar skills. Do most streamers have their computer audio turned off? I realize most streamers play games, so I don't know how my idea would translate in that regard. I figure the more I stream, the better I'll get, but I'd like to have at least some of it down before I start.

    Now, onto the other part I have absolutely no idea about - "widgets". The few other streams I've watched have had nifty animations for subscribers, followers, donations, chat stuff...I have no need for most of that, but I'd like to make it look half decent overlay-wise. The whole page under the stream window is blank too, so I'm not sure what to slap there. This is just a fun little thing to try out, so I'm not looking for money and all that, thus I don't have any relevant social media pages to slap in there. Oh, and I'm using regular OBS, as the SLOBS wouldn't work properly, even after a couple of installs. I've read that SLOBS is more user-friendly than OBS, but fuck me if it is. Popups everywhere, no explanations; I had a red "Ignore Alerts" button or something, but it didn't tell me what the hell that damn alert was. I loaded up OBS, hit "Stream" after minimal setup, and boom, I was streaming.

    Sorry for going off on various tangents, but as it comes to me, I gotta write it down. Monitors. I only have one. Do I need only one? I mean, I suppose I'll need to make sure I'm positioned in front of the camera correctly, and I'd definitely need to see chat, so...again, not sure what the best idea would be there, as I've never done this.

    Anyway, any tips, videos for complete noob streamers who have no idea what to do, setup ideas, whatever - help a brother out. Channel is simply named PuhFloyd (I think); a search in Twitch brought up my channel, so I suppose that's it. I took down the Test video, as it's even less flattering than an actual stream would be. So lemme know what the hell to do. Please.
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    What in the hell makes you think anyone wants to watch you do anything?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tefached View Post
    What in the hell makes you think anyone wants to watch you do anything?


    I kid, of course. I'll have more time later to sit and write out a few helpful things I've figured out over the past few years that could be of help, but lack the time or patience to try typing any of it at the moment.
    Much appreciated, and no rush - I'm gonna be hittin' the sack soon, so I'll read up tomorrow.

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    I'd put up a green screen behind you, then you can populate the background with whatever you want...porn would be good if you want lots of viewers :-P

    Have you though about tying you musical improvisations to maybe video of something and your laying down a soundtrack, maybe comically, with some rifftrak type commentary.

    Maybe use old film that is public domain or something of that nature...I dunno but good luck with it.

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    Well, if you watched Wex drive a truck on twitch & that inspired you to stream...fuck it, you're too damn stupid to waste any of my valuable time giving you advice...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SharpPointyStick View Post
    Well, if you watched Wex drive a truck on twitch & that inspired you to stream...fuck it, you're too damn stupid to waste any of my valuable time giving you advice...
    ACKSHULLY, my inspiration to stream came directly from watching your incognito peanut butter and genitalia streams you didn't think anyone knew about. And on that note, you should really keep to a set schedule; I get all antsy when your stream doesn't pop up on the regular nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pfloyd View Post
    ACKSHULLY, my inspiration to stream came directly from watching your incognito peanut butter and genitalia streams you didn't think anyone knew about. And on that note, you should really keep to a set schedule; I get all antsy when your stream doesn't pop up on the regular nights.
    I'm interested in streaming too...we could do a split screen bit, me playing some game, you providing musical accompaniment and over it we just insult each other...sound good dikfer?

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    It would be cool if there was a way to split one like three ways and have a jam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fhaol View Post
    It would be cool if there was a way to split one like three ways and have a jam
    I don't see why you couldn't...you'd need to create the feed with the other two and then stream the combined feed. I mean, I don't think you can do it out of the box, but it is definitely doable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntgod View Post
    I don't see why you couldn't...you'd need to create the feed with the other two and then stream the combined feed. I mean, I don't think you can do it out of the box, but it is definitely doable.
    Main problem with this is the latency. I've jammed with Kegger a few times over Mumble, and the slight delay is enough to wonkify our efforts. Didn't stop us from continuing the show, though.

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