Streamer audio channels
Give streamers the ability to have multiple audio channels, one for voice, and one for music. This gives them the ability to play music, and the end user the ability to either listen to that music at a level they like, or the ability to mute it altogether. Not everyone has the same taste in music, and this would also allow streamers to play their music and not have to worry about their voices being muted if they play music that's copywrited, as the music channel can just be muted if that's the case.
I want to add to this idea: Whenever I watch a streamer who is playing the same game as I am I'd like to be able to mute their ingamesound channel. Same principle. The ingamesound of the streamer can be confusing if you play along. But I'd really like to be able to listen to their commentary.
I don't think obs lets you stream multi channel audio
@kevinodoo, it doesn't, OBS just gives you the ability to send an audio track through a different channel which isn't recorded on the vod.
OBS already has this feature!
I absolutely love this idea and have secretly wished for it numerous times when watching chillstreams - like crittervision and the like - that are visually very calm, but sometimes have some godawful music playing. We know twitch is technically capable of receiving multiple audio streams as that’s literally how soundtrack works, so we know this is technically feasible if not an “advanced” streamer feature as it’d have to be correctly configured on the streamer end to work. It would require a completely new video control UI though, which is a fairly massive, high impact piece of work. Big platforms are often scared of big changes. Still, I’d love to see this happen one day. Giving both creators and watchers greater control over the content they enjoy can ultimately only be a good thing!
I thought I was the only one who had this idea so I just posted the same request, but I see that I am not alone at all
I wonder myself about the complexity and profitability of such a feature for Twitch.
An audio mixer would have to be created on the client side to handle the two incoming streams. It's a big job.
And for the moment Twitch is only designed to receive one stream per streamer
There are a lot of accessibility, and functionality issues that would be solved with a feature like this.
Examples of accessibility would include multiple audio languages, audio description, etc.
Feature improvements for broadcasters could be Mic only audio stream (for broadcasters who play games with their viewers, enabling viewers to have no noise from streamer game audio when playing the game themselves)
The above assume Twitch only allows for one stream of audio/video to be listened to at once. If Twitch opened up client-side mixing, the features in the top-level post would be possible, as well as the separation of broadcaster voice, team comms, music, game audio with client-controlled audio levels to their preference (some might want full volume game audio, others might want background levels if they are working, etc).
I've been asking for this feature for ages. Literally if twitch and voicemeter came together and just made an extension where streamers could link their mixer settings so people could manually control audio channels it'd make life easier for so many people. That way streamers wouldn't have to tune their audio anymore, music too loud? Viewers would be able to turn it down without making the streamer tab out, or Mods could choose to turn the streamers voice up drastically to avoid missing an instruction etc!
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.
As a creator I’d require this feature to be opt-in.
Imagine the cringe having me hum along to a song whilst my viewers have muted the song I’m hearing. No thanks!
Plus, we streamers should take our responsibility and start respecting Copyright! My two cents
I'd say allow for a bunch of audio channels - say a max of like 5 - and then let the streamer decide what they are, name them, and give them default levels. A little popout from the normal volume selector could then show you each channel and let you change the volumes independently.
Todd Seiler commented
I agree. Sometimes some streamers just like to listen to themselves talk. I'd like to be able to mute them and just listen to the game audio.
Agreed. I enjoy running Nightbot because it allows me to interact with my viewers more, and playing music is something I like to do when I'm gaming anyway. I would say there could be three audio channels though - game, voice and music. Game and voice could be combined, since to me the main problem is all my audio being muted or youtube blocking my videos when I export them because I played music. Even if this was just something you figured out with Nightbot, that would help many of us I think.