OBS Livestreaming Setup Guide for Musicians

What You'll Need:

  1. Laptop or Desktop (w/ web camera & built in mic)
  2. Quality Internet Connection - test your upload speed HERE.
  3. OBS (Open Broadcaster Software / Free App) or similar casting software.

Before you actually start streaming, you’ll need to set up the OBS software. That means downloading, installing, and formatting to your preferences. Fortunately, the software is entirely free and thanks to an explosion in usage over the past few years, it’s more user-friendly today than ever. Let's start by following these steps:

1. Download OBS & Speed Test

Download OBS for free from the official site. Install it as you would any other application. If you’re feeling generous and feel like you’ll be using OSB a lot, consider donating to the open source developers

Next, we will need to check the upload speed of the stream location by using an internet speed test. When hosting a stream, an ethernet connection is preferred and ideally, the stream host wants an upload speed of 25mb/s or more.

2. Customize Your Settings

Before you connect OBS to the Single Music streaming platform, you’ll want to select the parameters of your stream. To do so, click on the “Settings,” button in the bottom right-hand corner, and access the “Audio” tab on the left-hand menu.


3. Increase Audio Quality

Make sure your "Sample Rate" is set to "48 kHz" & your "Channels" is set to "Stereo" You also need to make sure that your internet’s upload speed can handle it. If you’re not sure, find out your upload rate using an internet speed test.


4. Connect to your Livestream Page

Access the “Stream” tab using the left-hand menu and set your "Service" to "Mux," then input your "Stream Key" (provided by Single Music).


You can find you stream key in the bottom section of the Configure tab.


5. Make a Scene

Think of a "Scene" as a multi-layered canvas. You can layer multiple files within a Scene (overlay image, local video file, FaceTime camera, audio, etc.) and switch between Scenes throughout your broadcast. Every broadcast needs at least one Scene - even if it's just your webcam & computer mic.

Once we have all the previous settings in place, you'll need to add your first "Scene" by clicking the "+" button on the bottom left hand of your screen under the "Scenes" Box. You can title it whatever you want.

6. Enable Your Webcam

Once a "Scene" is created you know how to create a "Source" by clicking the "+" button on your screen under the "Source" box. You will want to choose "Video Capture Device" and name it "WEBCAM" and click the "OK" button.

The "Properties" box will pop up and you will want to find your webcam under the "Devices" drop down bar. If you are using the built-in camera on your Mac Laptop, you will choose "Facetime HD Camera (built-in)". If you are using a different webcam device, find it on the "DEVICE" drop down bar and click the "OK" button.

7. Select Audio Inputs

Now we want to add an "Audio Input" by clicking the "+" button on your screen under the "Source" box and choosing "Audio Input Capture" and name it "AUDIO INPUT" and click the "OK" button. Then choose what "Device" you are using as your audio source. There are many ways to get external audio into OBS, but one of the easiest ways is choosing your "Built-In Microphone" as the "Device". Once chosen, you will be able to adjust the volume of the audio within the small audio mixing box in the bottom center of your OBS window.

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