How to Configure Elgato Sound Capture for Game Capture, VOIP, Music & more!


My name is EposVox and today I’ll be discussing
the “Elgato Sound Capture” side of Elgato Game Capture HD software. I will have other tutorials on Elgato’s
capture cards and a plethora of other technology topics on my channel, so be sure to subscribe
if you find this video helpful, and check the YouTube card above or description below
for a playlist with my other Elgato Gaming-related videos. In the previous tutorial, I showed you how
you can use the powerful Stream Command to create a fantastic live stream or recording
setup. Part of that also involves mixing sound from
multiple sources and Elgato offers their new Sound Capture app to help with that. Elgato Sound Capture is a powerful tool that
gives you complete control over your audio output and mixing for your live stream and
recording sessions. This gives you complete control over what’s
heard on-stream, and how your final export sounds, based on settings we covered in the
previous video. For example, you can use this to loop in your
own music to play in the background of a live stream. This is common and a fun expectation of some
viewers. Using the export options you can then exclude
the music from your final export for YouTube without worrying about the music causing you
pesky copyright problems. Alternatively, you could use it to loop in
team chat from voice over IP programs like Skype, TeamSpeak, Ventrilo, or Discord. Or you can use it to send all of your audio
out to your headphones and a second PC for dual-PC streaming and recording setups. There’s a lot you can do with this. To work with the Elgato Sound Capture app,
make sure your Game Capture HD software is updated and that you’re on the “Capture”
tab. Look below the “Live Commentary” section
and you’ll see a section for Elgato Sound Capture. You’re presented with volume meters (similar
to Game Audio and Live Commentary), volume adjustment, a preview loopback toggle, and
a “Capture” checkbox, along with the settings cog. Click on the settings gear icon and this will
open up the Sound Capture app. This may take a minute and will possibly change
your speaker output configuration. This tool gives you a few basic configurations
that you might want to use – picking up team chat, streaming music, PC gaming – and an
Advanced tab to customize things just how you want. Clicking on the “Team Chat” tab gives
you some basic options to control which mic you want your chat buddies to hear (which
can be different than your stream mic) and which audio output – headphones, speakers,
etc. – you want to hear the chat out of, along with a volume meter. It’s worth noting that many VOIP programs
like Skype and Discord don’t automatically change which mic and output device it uses,
so you’ll want to go into those programs’ settings and make sure they match. Elgato includes a link for setup instructions
for Skype, specifically. Clicking on the “Music” tab gives you
the option to choose what output your music plays to. You can set this to a specific headphone or
speaker that you wish to hear from, or to an output that you don’t actually have hooked
up. This way, you don’t have to hear the music,
but your viewers can. The “PC Gaming” tab is a little more complicated. This is used when you’re using a capture
card for your PC gameplay – either on the same PC that you’re gaming on, or on a secondary
streaming and recording rig. For a single PC setup, this will set your
gameplay sound to play via HDMI to be captured by your Elgato device, but still play it back
to your speakers or headphones so you can hear it. For a dual-PC setup, this does the same thing,
but you’d have to run the audio output to a mixer or soundboard – or simply hook your
headphones up to the streaming and capturing rig instead of the gaming PC. Or, you could also run Sound Capture on your
gaming rig, tell it to send the gameplay sound to your headphones and HDMI output, and the
streaming PC will still get it. However you wanna set it up. Lastly, we have the “Advanced” tab. This one is pretty cool. You can make it set your PC’s default audio
devices for playback and communication as Sound Capture’s virtual device, select an
audio input to send to voice chat apps or the stream, and select whichever output device
– or multiple output devices – that you want your audio to go to. Then you could set it up to go out via HDMI
to the capture card and headphones, or anything, really. If you’re setting up a Sound Capture configuration,
you’re going to want to triple-check two things. One, that your “Capture from Sound Capture”
checkbox is checked in the main Elgato window. And two, in the main software settings, you
want to make sure the track exporting and mixing options are set up how you want for
your final video exports. I covered the details of this in the previous
tutorial, linked in the YouTube Card icon and video description. But that’s it! With this and the Stream Command, I’d argue
that the Game Capture HD software from Elgato is potentially the most powerful streaming
and recording software available for consumers. It even beats some of the expensive, pro-level
options that I’ve used. Provided that you have an Elgato Game Capture
device, of course. I hope this video has been helpful for you. If it has, do a barrell roll into that Like
button, get subscribed for more awesome tech videos, and check out the description below. There, I have a link to the playlist with
all of my Elgato Gaming tutorials and reviews. Check them out! 🙂 I also have product links to each Elgato
card, if you’re looking to buy. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in
the next one.

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