multiple audio channels
Streams should be able to encode audio into separate audio channels, so that users can independently mix/select audio for each channel. For example, one channel could be music, another could be the streamer's voice, and another for the game/application's audio. In this example, if you were already playing music that you wanted to listen to, you could disable the streamer's music. Or, if you have trouble hearing the streamer's voice, you could turn that up. Or, if you don't want to hear the streamer or music, you could mute them and just listen to the game. I think it would also have a secondary benefit that you could independently remove audio channels in cases of copyright violation, so that the rest of the vod is still good even if there happened to be flagged music on one channel.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the new "Soundtrack" feature use exactly that: Multiple audio tracks which can then be muted separately on Twitch's side? Using OBS, it's also trivial to set up.
I would go a step further though and leverage this feature as follows to also alleviate the problem of muted audio in VODs somewhat:
Give the streamer the ability to send voice, game audio, possibly music, etc. on separate channels. Twitch would then normally play a mix of all these tracks. However, if e.g. copyrighted music is found on the game track, then _only_ this track would be muted in the VOD, preserving at least the other tracks (in particular voice) which would be much less annoying.
And if possible, the viewer could also be given separate volume controls for the tracks in case (s)he doesn't like the music or wants it so be louder or quieter, but that's yet another possible feature.
EDIT: I just learned that Soundtrack uses an OBS plugin. Otherwise, you can (currently) only select a single audio track for streaming. This should still be something that can be worked on. It would be good though if that solution would also be available under Linux since my recording/streaming rig is a Linux box. :)
this is a fantastic concept but the issue is that it first would have to be implemented on the streamer's end through whatever software--OBS for example--they're broadcasting with. once this feature is in place then it's up to twitch to recognize it and make it part of its functions.
Separate audio streams for music AND gameplay AND streamer's voice, pretty please!
- The music is sometimes obnoxious to the point that I choose to leave
- If I'm watching a tournament while trying to listen to two or more opponents/commentators commenting on the match at the same time, both the unsynched gameplay audio and the multiple music tracks playing at the same time can be very annoying
i think it really need it..!
Multiple audio channels aren't that difficult to pull off, they're supported by MPEG-DASH and similar technologies (there's even a standard for it but I'm not sure to what degree it's currently implemented in web browsers). There should definitely have been multiple channels on Twitch a long time ago. Another use case is to allow viewers to manually adjust the volume mix between "Game" and "Streamer" (this comes up allll the time)
Absolutely agree with this idea! I have a LOT of streamers that I enjoy watching, creating content for, moderating for, and chilling with the community.
As it stands right now the interface of twitch is very... "one streamer over all" priority.
The multi-stream programs that exist are also not a solution seeing how I can't control the individual volumes the streamer has going. So it ends up with me constantly muting and unmuting people, feeling like my bandwidth is being wasted, and just not hanging out in some of the streamer's channels I really enjoy.
If twitch had a program that could plug-in to the most popular mixer programs, Discord, etc. Giving the viewer the ability to control each volume, I could watch in peace.
I think this would increase likelihood of me donating to multiple streamers as well.
Also... DON'T LOCK THIS FEATURE BEHIND A PAYWALL/SOFTWALL LIKE TWITCH PRIME OR TWITCH AFFILIATE/PARTNER.
i would like to have a option to cut only the music. i dont know how to code it. when i go to a streamer sometime their music is not my style. but i like the streamer
I would love this.
It would be nice to add something where I can mute the music the streamer is playing and only listen to him speaking. Its just sometimes the music the streamer is playing is not what I want to listen to but I still want to hear what hes saying or I would like to listen to my own music instead .I think this would also remove the the muting of some parts of the Vods because of the copyrighted music
Twitch should be able to handle separate audio tracks, one for voice and one for music.
When a video is muted due to copyright or whatever, then the voice of the streamer should never be muted.
The only reason I don't watch my favourite streamers when I go to sleep is I don't have an option for voice-only streams. This is a good idea but not for copyright reasons, imo anyway.
I'm a WoW player mostly. I imagine there are some lots of other games and streams this applies to though. Every streamer I enjoy watching has music playing which may deter viewers like me from watching at certain times.
I love to watch certain viewers, but when they start playing the techno music that sounds like pots and pans bashing together I can't handle it. I just wish I could mute the desktop audio for example, and only listen to their mic audio.
I was going to write this idea as well. Often I love the streamer. But their music is not my taste. So if his voice/ingame sounds could be seperate from his music it would make the experience 500% better.
I am sure such a big and skilled company as twitch would be able to come up with a switch or a coorporation with a company like OBS.
Currently steamer's voice and music are 1 audio stream and viewers can't mute music and keep steamer's voice or change volume the way they want. And because of copyrighted music steamer's voice and whole audio gets muted in past streams.
With distinct audio streams you could keep streamers voice even if he played copyrighted music and viewers will be able to mute streamer's music or change volume.
So for viewer there will be 2 volume controls instead of 1- one for voice and another one for music and other sounds(game sounds, etc.).
wie wers wenn ihr nen 4 Kanal audio browser erweiterung macht. 1. Kanal Gesamtlautstärke. 2.Kanal Mikrofonlautstärke. 3.Kanal Musiklautstärke. 4.Kanal Gamelautstärke. wer echt super sowas dann könnte der zuschauer selbst abmischen was er wie laut hören will. SeemsGood. Mit freundlichen grüssen SirGlaukom
how much if you do a 4-channel audio browser extension. 1st channel overall volume. 2nd channel microphone volume. 3rd channel music volume. 4th channel game volume. who really great something then the viewer could mix himself what he wants to hear how loud. SeemsGood. Sincerely, SirGlaukom
A channel for stream audio (game sound and streamer voice) and a second channel for the streamer background music. In my opinion this would help both sides.
Viewers: will be able to select the background music volume. sometimes you just want to enjoy the game without background music that doesnt match your mood.
Streamers: Makes it easier to keep audience since they will not have to deal with making everyone happy with the music.
Would be nice if viewers could mute microphones of the broadcaster.
With recent rise in "Music" there is an engagement level that all understand, but it would be nice to "opt" out at certain times and just hear the DJ's tunes.