You have your live stream up and running, and now you need to get your church audio into the stream.
That’s actually really easy, and we’ll be able to do that in just a few steps. But first, let’s make sure you have the right hardware in place to get your audio into your stream.
For most churches, the sound will be coming through the main house mixer. For the cutting-edge churches, their live stream may have their very own mixer with inputs shared over the Dante network.
However, if you know what Dante is, you probably don’t need to read this article.
So, let’s talk about how to get that audio into your stream.
Church Live Streaming and Audio Setup in OBS
First, don’t try to use your camera’s microphone to get audio into your live stream. Cameras have microphones that are horrible, especially for things like live sound or music.
Step #1: Get a Good Sub-Mix
Most churches have a soundboard that allows you to make sub-mixes into assignable groups. These groups have an output that will run directly into your audio interface.
The great thing about using a sub-group is that you can mix each channel into your live stream audio. This allows for greater customization over what the audience can hear.
If you have a praise singer, for example, that doesn’t always stay on key, it’s easy to turn them down in the mix. (Don’t tell them, though.)
Another benefit of using sub-mixes, is that you can add some effects to the audio going into the live stream.
Why are effects important? Read this post.
Step 2: Get a Good USB Audio Interface
If you want great audio in your live stream, you must go through a mixer of some sort, and then import that mix into your streaming computer through a USB audio interface.
If you’ve purchased one of our standard streaming kits, the audio interface is included. And, it should already be set up to work with your streaming software.
If you’re not sure which audio interface you need, then check out our basic live streaming gear list.
Step 3: Connect the Sub-Group output to the Interface input.
This is relatively simple.
Just run an XLR or 1/4″ cable from the mixer into the audio interface, which will be connected to your streaming PC by USB.
Step 4: Add the Interface as an Audio Source in OBS
This is the same regardless of software. Since we ship OBS with all our products, we’ll show you how it’s done in OBS.
- First, click settings.
- Next, click “audio.”
- Next, select your USB interface as the Mic/Auxiliary input. In the example below, our audio interface is the Rodecaster Pro.
- Next, click Apply, then click Okay.
- Now, you should see the audio interface in your audio mixer in OBS. It will be named “Aux/Mic,” by default, but you can right-click and rename it anything you like.
Getting Great-Sounding Audio
Remember, the “feeling” of the sound in your live stream comes down to producing a good mix – which will require some kind of effects.
Another trick sound pros do is to “mic the room.”
Adding a room microphone to capture the dynamics of the audience and the noise of the room, and adding it to the live stream mix will also add a better sound experience for your online audience.
The bottom-line is, we see things and that’s great. But what we hear is of equal, and many times even more important than what we see.
You can get by without a perfect, high-definition visual in 99% of the cases. But, if your audio is bad, you don’t get a pass.
Your audience won’t like it.
Your praise team won’t like it.
Your musicians won’t like it.
So, make sure you have a good audio mix! Add some effects and room noise.
And enjoy a high-quality live streaming experience.