Live Streamer NEXUS: Control center, audio mixer… but can it power up your mic? In this vlog, we’ll focus on its XLR microphone input—we took 7 microphones, both dynamic and condenser, and paired them with the NEXUS to give you a better idea of how it all works together.
But before that, let’s go over some quick specs! Alternatively, if you really can’t wait, you can scroll down to the video to get straight to the point.
The Live Streamer NEXUS comes with a 5” IPS touch panel. Here, you can customize each of the 5 pages based on 4X5 block grids, or create different profiles and unlock unlimited actions. You will be able to set all sorts of commands through hotkeys, display stream viewer count, channel subscribers, and even view your chat in real time! All sorts of controls at the tips of your fingers, so customization truly feels limitless.
On the audio mixer side, the Live Streamer NEXUS can help you mix up to 6 different channels. 3 of those channels are physical inputs:
- Optical input: For gaming consoles like PlayStation or Xbox1.
- Line In input (3.5 mm): With the provided cable, you can connect your Nintendo Switch, a secondary Gaming PC or maybe even a turn table; the NEXUS is made for all types of creators.
- Mic In input (XLR or 6.3 mm): With two interfaces, XLR or 6.3mm, you have the freedom to use a wider range of mics that better suit your creator studio.
The other three inputs are virtual inputs that can be mapped in your computer to each of the SYSTEM, GAME and CHAT knobs. This will allow you to control your system notifications, soundboard files, voice chat party, or even game audio if you have a single PC setup! (But more on that on another blog.)
Let’s focus on the NEXUS mic in input. The NEXUS can power both dynamic and condenser microphones (XLR inputs) or even a regular 3.5 mm mic level input using the provided 3.5 to 6.3mm adapter. Make sure to select the correct type of mic that you are you are connecting, generally speaking condenser microphones will require phantom power (+48 V) to be able to work. If you are using a dynamic mic you don’t want to turn on phantom power.
On our latest NEXUS app update, we increased the mic gain range to accommodate for those more power-hungry mics, while still being able support more sensitive mics. Basically, less sensitive mics will require higher gain than more sensitive mics. The NEXUS mic gain ranges from 20dB up to 60 dB, and can be adjusted through the NEXUS app.
We tested 7 microphones (MIC 330, Podmic, NT1A, SM7B, SM58, XM8500, EM91C) a combination of the most popular or used mics and some other for reference. We used OBS to record audio from the NEXUS to let you hear what your audience will be listening to when pairing these mics for your streams.
There are many parameters to set gain on the NEXUS, but for these tests, we didn’t add an EQ or compressor to the signal, this meaning with the NEXUS this is not the limits of how your mic will sound more of a starting point, and then you can tweak your mic to your liking with more in-depth EQ-ing or Compressing. It’s “pure” audio coming from the mics when connected to the NEXUS. A good rule to set gain is making sure your audio is level are between green and yellow segment with out reaching red too much, that will mean you are clipping.
Time to hear the test and make your own judgement as to… will it work with the NEXUS?! Spoiler alert… YES.
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