Viewer volume mixer
Give the viewer custom volume level options for individual things for the stream to then let them change it to his/her liking. NOT just one master volume option. I'm thinking more along the lines of: "This is one for the viewers, Give them more flexibility."
If one viewer thinks the game-play/music/commentary is too low/high, they should be able to fix that without disturbing the other viewers or spamming the streamer to change a certain audio output level. (NOTE: This will only effect the viewer audio output. NOT the streamer/other viewers.)
Game-play audio (Self explanatory, change game play audio level whilst watching stream. I find some streamers have really loud game-play audio and i cannot hear the commentary.)
Commentary (Most streamers might not have the best microphone setup, this will allow the viewer to change the output to their liking based on how loud/quiet the streamer is.)
Music/Donation alerts (Most streamers like to have their own custom donation notification sounds, as well as their own music tastes that some viewers might not like. This will change the output to both, although i would like to see if they can be separated.)
If anyone thinks this can be viable by Twitch or if Twitch thinks this might be a good idea to test, please let me know.
My idea is it that Twitch joni forces with the developers of OBS, Xsplit etc to create a secondary audio track option for broadcasters to have sent to their stream while broadcasting. This would be really cool, as a streamer and a viewer, for a couple of reasons - firstly, it would allow viewers to control the volume of the music that the streamers are playing, or even mute it if they don't like it and play their own, while also listening to the gameplay and commentary. It would also have the added benefit of the streamer not having to worry about their main stream content being muted on the vod if they had songrequest on for example, so if someone opened a knife in CSGO or had a crazy donation it wouldn't be muted in the vod. Naturally the second audio channel would still be subject to copyright protection, it's just that if streamers were playing their own music, only the secondary audio track would be affected.
My thoughts are that this would be a very welcome addition by a lot of streamers, both for their and their viewers. There's plenty of times I want to watch a streamer but would prefer my own music, and as a streamer it'd be nice to not have to worry about viewers finding my choice of music too loud, quiet, or unappealing.
Users often request that a streamer raise or lower his music volume. If there was a separate volume control for the music-volume built into the viewing interface, then viewers could raise or lower the music and stream volume separately to suit their individual tastes.
@GamingTV, As a streamer, you wouldn't have to separate your audio streams.. therefore you could force your viewers to hear things just how you want OR you could separate them to give your viewers a better experience (more viewers, more follows, more donations, more subscribers, more revenue for Twitch). Also, you should try to not state what certainly seems like an opinion as a fact. It makes you sound like quite the egotistical jerk (whether you are or not).
Two sound chanels with indenpendent volume sttings, first for music, second for comentator + game sounds
A music switch on twitch?
Would it be possible for streamers to put say youtube music or another program they are using in a seperate stream option so that the viewer can select if they turn the background music on or off.
For example: "I am watching a streamer. I would love to hear him talking but I have my own music on and I don't want his music to interfere." (His stream has the option to mute the music I click it and I can still hear his audio from game and microphone)
I think it would be cool if Twitch made it so streams can have music on a separate audio stream and viewers can choose if they want to hear both streamer and music or just the streamer. The music part can be made to all for song requests or interfaced with outside music sources like iTunes or Windows Media Player
Multicast is kinda its own thing. It's like-- Currently a stream is sent in 2 parts. Video, & audio. To send it in more parts than that requires more than just Twitch to change somethin on their end. OBS would have to change something as well. Currently, OBS allows for audio input from all sources into a fixed bitrate audio stream to hosting servers. [servers = twitch, htbx, youtube, mlgtv, etc.] So, 2 changes. the program(s) that a streamer uses, and the ingest servers on hosting sites. You're asking for quite a bit more than you realize.
this would never work since the viewing perspective would be in the hands of the viewer and not the streamer, the streamer should always be in full control of how you view the stream, even if you don't like it, if you can't hear the voice or music then it's because the streamer wants it that way
Jonathan Forse commented
I have a quick suggestion about a feature that I think would make the viewing experience infinitely better than what it currently is. My idea is that broadcasters have the ability to upload their audio separately. For example, their voice audio, their in game audio, and then maybe background audio such as music.
From the viewers point of view, this would enable them to adjust the different volumes to their taste within their audio settings for that particular broadcaster. I believe that this would provide a better viewing experience because;
- Viewers have the flexibility to adjust the volumes to their taste
- Broadcasters will no longer have the issue of trying to find an audio setting that suits all of their viewers
- Viewers are able to manipulate their volumes during the stream in order to satisfy their tastes at that particular time. For example, there are often times in streams that I would like to listen just to the voice of the streamer commentating and then listen to my own music without having any background noise from in game sounds or from their broadcasted music.
- Future additions could include "Subscriber only audio" where the broadcaster may want to only speak to their subscribers and nobody else within the stream can hear unless they are subscribed.
Those are some of the benefits off the top of my head that I think could make the viewing experience and interaction between broadcasters and their viewers improved greatly. I would imagine that most of the issues that would evolve would be technically based and unfortunately I haven't been able to comment on this as it is not something that I know a whole lot about.
If there is a better section to post this in, please do advise. I was unable to find a particular "Suggestions" section.
Novak_uk - A frequent twitch user.
How have all of you audio experts before me who'd read this been able to resist the temptation to ridicule it endlessly?
You can't do that. Twitch servers don't, in fact, receive multiple audio signals from a streamer. They receive one signal. Though OBS would allow the streamer to change the relative volumes of their voice and their "desktop (combined volumes of everything that isn't their mic), the only way you can "fade" the volume levels as of now (and as of forever, until stream hosting sites accept multiple audio signals for different sources) is to go into that chat room and tell the streamer their volume balance is fucked up.
I came to the idea myself because I watch a lot of streams but sometimes the music to loud, to low or w/e. I found it an great idea to use an "Twitch Library or some business deal with Youtube/Spotify (Or something like that. I am pretty sure this is possible) " to add 2 faders below the stream.
One fader for the streamers voice, and one fader for the music.
Of course in the bigger streams there can be an option like No Music at all to just let the fader disappear.
I think a lot of people would like this function because it gives them the ability to watch what someone is doing, but also gives the opportunity to level the stream out to their wished levels.
In the screen shot in the File Attachment I made a really cheap paint picture to visualize what I am thinking. I am not a graphic designer and I assume Twitch got their contacts to make it look super solid!
I would like to hear from Twitch/Community what you think of my idea.