If you have came to this article you have likely just picked up a HyperX Solocast and you want to get set up as quickly as possible. Luckily you have came to the right place. Let’s jump in and take a look at how to set up the HyperX SoloCast for streaming.
The HyperX solocast is a microphone created specifically for gamers and streamers. It’s actually a really good affordable microphone, when you set it up correctly.
How To Setup A HyperX SoloCast For Streaming
Step 1 – Plug Your HyperX SoloCast In
The first step to getting your microphone up and running is getting it out of the box and plugged into your computer. The SoloCast is a USB microphone. Just take the USB cable provided in the box and plug one end into your computer and the other into your microphone.
Make sure to route your cables in a way that won’t get in your way while you are working or streaming.
As soon as you plug the microphone in a notification should pop up on your computer letting you know that your microphone is plugged in and is ready to use.
Step 2 – Set Up The HyperX Solocast As Your Default Microphone
Once you have your microphone plugged in we want to set it as the default Input device on our computer.
Go to Settings –> Sound –> Input –> Choose Your Input Device –> HyperX SoloCast
This will allow this microphone to be used as the default for any program you may use requiring a microphone.
Step 3 – How To Position A HyperX SoloCast
When positioning the Hyperx Solocast on your desk or from a microhphone arm you always want to make sure that the front of the microphone is facing your face. You will see a red light on the front when the microphone is on. Always make sure this light is facing you.
This is because the microphone is set up with a Cardiod polar pattern.
Step 4 – Microphone Settings
The HyperX Solocast is a simple microphone and therefore does not have any settings on the microphone itself. All edits must be done within the software you are using (For example Streamlabs or OBS).
Step 5 – Best Streamlabs/OBS Settings For HyperX Solocast
I am going to be using OBS Studio for this example but it’s essentially the same process for Streamlabs OBS.
We want to add Audio filters to our microphone in OBS to filter out background noise, key clicks etc.
To do this open your OBS Studio select your audio Input Device (HyperX Solocast) in your mixer. Click on the COG wheel and select filters.
An options page will appear with lots of options for different audio filters. We want to add the three below.
1. Noise Gate
A noise gate allows us to cut out some of the background noise you may be experiencing. It will not let any signal pass until the volume is above a specified level. How high or low you set these thresholds determines how much gets passed.
I would recommend setting up your noise gate with the exact same settings I have below. Then you can run some tests to figure out if you need to make any adjustments. This is great for removing stuff like the hum from your computer or typing noise from your keyboard.
2. Noise Suppression
Noise suppression helps to remove background noise. I would recommend setting this at -40db to start and running some tests. If it starts to cut off your voice you will want to decrease the suppression level.
A compressor helps to level out the volumes on your stream. It tends to make loud sounds a little quieter. So if you get excited on stream and start to shout and scream you won’t deafen the ears of your streamers. I would recommend starting with these exact settings for your stream.
You should now have amazing audio quality from your HyperX Solocast. Having great audio is one of the most important parts of streaming, your audience will be grateful you have went the extra mile.
This is the main setup I would recommend running but there is also a few bonus tips below to step your audio game to the next level.
How To Remove Vibrations From HyperX SoloCast
Lot’s of HyperX users have stated that they get a lot of vibration noise when using the microphone. As most people using this microphone are gamers they are likely getting the vibrations going down through their keyboard, into their desk and back up into the microphone.
This is due to the microphone not having any sort of shock mount built in. Below are a few ways you can fix this problem.
Buy a Boom Arm & Shock Mount
A boom arm and shock mount is going to be the best way to remove the vibration noise you get from the Solocast when it is sitting on your desk.
We would recommend one of the options below for a boom arm paired with the shock mount. The Blue Yeti shock mounts will also fit on the Solocast.
- Professional Shock mount - Specially designed for Blue Yeti and Yeti Pro microphone to reduce vibration. Reduce your audio editing time.(Not Applicable to Blue Yeti Nano Mic)(Boom Arm Stand Not Included)
- Perfect Improve - Shock Mount for Blue Yeti microphone isolates you microphone from noise, shock and vibrations. Like floor tapping, desk bumping, putting down the drink, rolling your chair, adjusting the boom, etc. You can choose this Blue Yeti shock mount for better sound pickup.
- Compact Design - It is only half the size of the Blue Radius II/ III. Shockmount is lighter weight and smaller, more streamlined design. It is quite attractive in your recording studio with a "high-tech" look.
- Boom Arm Capability - Perfectly match the most of boom arm.(EX: Rode PSA1 Swivel, Rode Scissor, Blue Compass) No adapter is required. Specially double-size thread designed to fit US and EU microphone boom arm.
- Exquisite Design - Rubber mat between the metal bolt and microphone attaches that prevent scratches from your microphone or mount and will bitter cinch down the bolt.This blue yeti accessories is simple to set up, and it can have a good effect when installed.
- Foldable Arm Band: The adjustable microphone arm can be folded up and easy for you to carry around. This feature enables to adjust the suitable angle and height of the boom arm to show your perfect voice. Before adjusting the angle of the microphone arm stand make sure to loosen the knob first. Avoid rotating it by force as it can damage the screw threads.
- Upgraded Desk Mount: In comparison to the old versions, this zinc alloy desk mount is built with anti-scratch pad and wider mouth up to 2" to fit most desktop.
- The 5/8"-27 male to 3/8"-16 female screw adapter which included in the package fits for blue snowball and HyperX QuadCast. The Diameter of Microphone Clip is 1.10". Suitable for any stores, families, stage, studios, broadcasting and TV stations, etc.
- Heavy Duty Steel Structure: Super-strong spring with extra positioning screw, compact microphone arm stand designed for heavy duty carry. Max load: Approx.53oz/1.5kg.
- Note: The mounting hole on the Yeti Mic is sometimes just a tiny portion bigger than the 5/8" industry standard. You are suggested to use Thread Tape (included) to wrap around the mounting screw on your shock mount. This will effectively increase the thickness of the mounting screw, while still maintaining the actual screw thread and will enable you to connect to your Yeti.
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Tilt Your Microphone On The Side
Some people have stated that tilting the mic to the sideward position helps a lot with the vibration sounds. While this won’t remove all of the vibration and keyboard noise it may help a bit. You can see how well it works in the video below:
Is There HyperX SoloCast Software?
No, there is no software for the HyperX Solocast. You can edit your audio settings for the microphone in the windows settings as well as the software you are using the microphone in such Streamlabs.
SoloCast Frequently Asked Questions
My HyperX Solocast Is Picking Up Background Noise?
If your microphone is picking up background noise the thing to do is add a microphone arm and shock mount as well as adding the OBS filters mentioned above.
Why Does My HyperX Solocast Sound Muffled?
If your HyperX SoloCast sounds like you’re far away then you may not have it positioned correctly. As the microphone has a cardiod pattern you need to make sure the front of the mic is facing your mouth. There is a red light on the front of the mic, make sure this is facing you.
Why Does My HyperX SoloCast Sound Bad (Broken Audio or Crackling)?
If you are getting completely distorted crackly audio the first thing to check is your USB connection. Check both ends, one connected to your microphone and the other your computer. If a connection is loose it could cause the audio to sound poor. It may also be a damaged cable, you should test a second USB Mini cable to see if that solves the problem.
Hopefully this article has helped you to set up your HyperX Solocast correctly for the first time. You can now enjoy streaming with amazing audio on your stream. If this article helped you out, feel free to share it with another HyperX Solocast User.
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