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things I use

Coding & streaming setup

I receive a lot of questions on stream about my setup and what I use. Here's a (very incomplete) list to make it easier to share.

hardware

  1. Chair: Ikaria Design Soul Seat

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    Chair: Ikaria Design Soul Seat

    I prefer to sit cross-legged when working. This weird chair has noticeably improved my posture and the strength in my back, and I love the flexibility it gives me to move around and switch positions throughout the day.

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  2. Keyboard: Mistel Barocco MD770 RGB BT w/ Cherry MX Brown Switches

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    Keyboard: Mistel Barocco MD770 RGB BT w/ Cherry MX Brown Switches

    I got into mechanical keyboards in summer 2020. My first purchase was the Keychron K2 RGB with Gateron Blue Switches. After hearing great things about the postural benefits of a split keyboard, I tried out an ortholinear split keyboard (borrowed from a friend). That made my brain hurt a little too much, so I moved to the Mistel Barocco.

  3. Machine: MacBook Pro

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    Machine: MacBook Pro

    My main machine is a Macbook Pro 16", Apple M1 Pro chip with 32GB RAM and 1TB of Flash Storage.

productivity

  1. Spectacle

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    Spectacle

    I've used Spectacle for years β€” it's one of the first apps I install on a new machine. It's unobtrusive, easy to use, and easy to configure.

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  2. Trello

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    Trello

    I use Trello to keep track of streaming and content ideas, and other life projects such as house renovations and meal planning.

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streaming

  1. Elgato Collapsible Green Screen

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    Elgato Collapsible Green Screen

    I love how easy this green screen is to pull out and fold away. Another bonus is that it's always wrinkle free. The only downside is that it's a trickier to chroma key in OBS than the standard chrome key green screens.

  2. Elgato HD60 S Capture Card 1080p

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    Elgato HD60 S Capture Card 1080p

    I code on a MacBook Pro and live stream from a custom PC that runs Windows. I use the Elgato Capture card to send the output of my main monitor (which is plugged in to my MacBook Pro) to my streaming PC. The screen capture is added as a source in OBS, and this is how you see me coding whilst I stream.

  3. Elgato Key Light Air (x2)

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    Elgato Key Light Air (x2)

    I use two WiFi-controlled Elgato Key Light Airs whilst streaming. As well as providing great broadcast quality lighting, they're also great as desk lamps when set at a low intensity if you're working in low light at night.

  4. Elgato Ring Light

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    Elgato Ring Light

    At the centre of my lighting setup is a WiFi-controlled Elgato ring light. I mount my streaming webcam at the centre of the light.

  5. Elgato Stream Deck

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    Elgato Stream Deck

    This Elgato stream deck is connected to my coding machine. I use it to trigger some quick actions such as opening GitHub, Twitter, and my Twitch dashboard.

  6. Elgato Stream Deck XL

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    Elgato Stream Deck XL

    The Elgato Stream Deck XL has been instrumental in improving the production of my streams on Twitch. I use it to control everything! It's definitely a big investment, so if you're just starting out, I would recommend giving the Elgato Stream Deck Mini a try.

  7. Elgato Wave 1 USB Condenser Mic

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    Elgato Wave 1 USB Condenser Mic

    The Elgato Wave 1 doubles as an audio interface, and the WaveLink software allows me to control any number of audio channels and their levels, and feed them into OBS as one audio input.

  8. Elgato Wave Mic Arm LP

    An image of an Elgato low profile mic arm on a white background attached to a white desk with a ghost mic at the end.

    Elgato Wave Mic Arm LP

    I use this in combination with the Elgato Wave 1 USB mic, which is held by an Elgato shock mount.

  9. Logitech Streamcam 1080p HD 60fps

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    Logitech Streamcam 1080p HD 60fps

    This is the webcam I use whilst streaming. It's USB C and pretty reliable!

  10. Neewer Portable Photography Lighting Kit

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    Neewer Portable Photography Lighting Kit

    I use these lights to illuminate the bottom of my green screen to get a more even chroma key in OBS.

  11. OBS

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    OBS

    I use OBS to broadcast my streams. It's free and open source.

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  12. Pretzel

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    Pretzel

    I use Pretzel to play music whilst I'm live streaming to avoid DMCA issues. It comes with a great selection of music, Twitch chat integration, and can be optimised for YouTube and Twitch.

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  13. Streaming PC (custom build)

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    Streaming PC (custom build)

    For streaming I use a custom PC build running on Windows. Notable specs: i7 6700k, 32GB RAM, 970 Evo 500GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, Fractal Node 804 case.