ARTIST STREAMING KIT

We are excited you want to stream with us.  Our goal is to provide everyone with an easy to use process to get you up and running. Here are a few things you need to know to ensure a smooth and fun show.

Requirements

First please read and make sure you can meet the requirements and configuration for streaming here https://nyms.love/2020/04/26/how-to-stream-to-twitch-from-your-computer/

Scheduling & Sign Up

Familiarize yourself with our schedule

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Yellow = Open sign up, streaming directly to twitch.  You’ll need to ask for a key from an admin.  You should be a trusted member of the community. Like any community we would expect to know a new neighbor before we hand out keys to our home. The same goes for streaming keys.

Blue = Satellite Shows.  These are curated by various NYMS members. Sign up is not open, but we encourage you contact the show producers to ask to play.

Red = Main Weekly Saturday Show. This is curated by NYMS founders. Sign up is not open, but we encourage you to contact a Discord admin and ask to play. 

Next, we need you to visit the website to list your event.  Visit https://nyms.love/register/ and register an account.  Then visit https://nyms.love/events-directory/ to list you event.  Look for the “List Your Stream” button and follow the  form instructions.

YELLOW SHOWS

Testing 

We want you to test your stream on your personal twitch channel before your event.  You should ensure there are no audio drops.  Test for at least 10 minutes to be sure.  Ask anyone on Discord to help if you need someone to watch the streaming test.

Performance Process

This process is pretty loose and open.  Start your stream on time.  If someone else is booked after you, be respectful of their start time and make sure you end on time.

You are responsible for your own opening screens.  If you would like a lower third NYMS name badge, please ask @dysonant.

We will need the email you used to sign up with twitch to issue you a streaming key.  The key should remain valid indefinitely.  However, sometimes we need to issue new keys.  So yours may stop working.  Contact us with any issues.

RED & BLUE SHOWS

Streaming key and ingest URL will be issued when your show is confirmed and listed on the site.

PROMOTION

We will create graphic assets for the stream. We will deliver social graphics to you to promote on your social channels before the show. Feel free to create your own promotions as well.

Testing

We will ask you to test your stream with us 1-5 days before the event.  We ask that you setup for the test be exactly the same as it will for your performance.  Same camera, same audio inputs, same network etc.

Performance Process

On the night of the performance we will need you to have access to Discord.  You will be invited to the channel #green-room.  This is where we will communicate with you about when to start streaming and start performing.  The process is this:

  • You will be asked to start streaming roughly 10-15 minutes before your set begins and wait on standby.
  • We will confirm we are receiving your stream. 
    • If you are experiencing streaming issues that cannot be resolved quickly, we may have to move to the next artist. 
  • While the previous artist wraps up, remain on standby.
  • We will put up your UP NEXT CARD and let you know in Discord you will be going live shortly.
  • We will then send a message that you are live and should begin your set

How To Stream MUSIC TO Twitch From your Computer

Updated May 29th, 2020

We want you to stream and for viewers to see the amazing art you are creating. Of course, we do expect you to be a part of our community and get to know you a little. Make sure you join us on Discord and participate. Please read through this guide to get set up and ready to go.

Tech Requirements

  • You must stream using a computer running OBS. No mobile devices allowed.
  • You must be hardwired via ethernet cable. No WiFi allowed.

Streaming Specs

  • 720p (1280×720 pixels) 30fps
  • video: H.264 1500kb/s to 4000kb/s
  • audio: AAC 160kb/s, Sample Rate: 44.1kHz, Stereo

Basic Performance tips

  • Set your camera to 720p (higher settings will not improve quality, it will only make the encoder work harder)
  • Set your audio interface to 44.1kHz (again, higher settings will not improve final output quality and only make your computer work harder)
  • Quit and close applications or services you are not using. Like Anti-virus, back-up services or anything that uses CPU and network.

Initial Set Up

  1. Join us on Discord and introduce yourself. This is a community and like any community we would expect to know a new neighbor before we hand out keys to our home. The same goes for streaming keys.
  2. Register an account on twitch.
  3. Follow https://www.twitch.tv/newyorkmodularsociety
  4. Download OBS – Open Broadcaster Software https://obsproject.com

Configure OBS

  1. Skip the Auto Configuration
  2. Open Settings
OBS Settings
  1. Streaming service setup
    1. Select “Stream” from the sidebar.
    2. Select “Custom” from the “Service” drop down
    3. Input the ingest server URL
    4. Copy and paste your stream key (be careful to select the whole thing)
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  1. Test you upload speed at https://www.speedtest.net
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  1. OBS Output Settings
    1. Select “Output” in the settings sidebar
    2. Select “Advanced” from the Output Mode dropdown
    3. Select “x264” from the Encoder drop down.  (If you have a modern Nvidia or ATI GPU in your computer, selecting “Hardware Encoder” will improve encoding, CPU usage and speed.)
    4. Do not check this box. Your video settings everywhere should be 1280×720 so you should not need to downscale the output.
    5. Select “CBR” from the Rate Control drop down
    6. Depending on your upload speed, this should be set to 1500-4500Kbps.  Ensure you are only using 75% of you upload speed.  For example, if you upload speed is 4.5Mbps (4500Kbps) then you should set this to “3375 Kbps”.  If you set it higher then you may get frame drops and cause audio skipping.
    7. Set Keyframe Interval to “2”.  Setting this higher makes it worse.
    8. Start by selecting “Very Fast” for CPU Usage Preset.  Setting this higher sends worse quality.  It should be somewhere between medium – very fast.
    9. Leave this alone, but sometimes setting it to animation can help with quality.

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Hardware encoder settings in below image:

10. Select the Audio tab and make sure all tracks Audio Bitrate are set to 160

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  1. OBS Video settings
    1. Select the “Video” tab in the settings sidebar
    2. Select 1280×720 from the Base Resolution dropdown
    3. Select 1280×720 from the Output Resolution dropdown
    4. If steps 2 & 3 are followed, this becomes less necessary, since you will not be doing any video downscaling.  Selecting “Bicubic” should be fine.
    5. Select “30” form the Common FPS Values dropdown
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  1. OBS Audio settings
    1. Select “Audio” in the settings sidebar
    2. Select “44.1kHz” from the Sample  Rate dropdown
    3. Select “Stereo” from the Channels dropdown
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  1. Click “OK”

Set up your Stream Scene

  1. Right click on “Scene” in the lower left of the OBS screen and select “Rename”
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  1. Click “+” in the lower left “Sources” section.
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  1. Select “Video Capture Device”
  1. Rename the device in the “Create New” input field. Then click “OK”
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  1. Select your camera source.
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  1. You should see video.  If you do, Click “OK”. If not, check you camera connection.
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Setting Up an Audio Source

This is where things get complicated and specific to your system.  If you are sending a stereo signal to your audio interface you may be able to just select it from the “Audio Input Capture” source “Device” drop down in OBS.  If you are running more channels or sending audio through your DAW then you will need to create a virtual Input on your Operating System.  You can do that with these utilities:

Mac OS

Windows

  1. Click the “+” in the “Sources” section of OBS and select “Audio Input Capture”
select audio source
  1. Select your interface or virtual audio device from the “Device” drop down. Then click OK. I this case I have a virtual device named “Modular Audio”
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  1. Set your gain structure.  Turn up the audio from your Modular pretty loud but ensure it is not clipping and you have some headroom. Then using the OBS Audio Mixer make sure your loudest noises are hitting the RED but never go more than 1/2 into RED.  OBS audio meter is a little weird in that it is not clipping if in RED.  The bottom of RED is about -9dB.
  1. Ensure you are not double monitoring the audio. Click on the gear icon “⚙“ and select “Advanced Audio Properties”
do not get echos
  1. From the “Audio Monitoring” column, make sure you select “Monitor Off” for all of your audio sources.
turn monitoring off

Test your stream

Before you can send ream to our channel you need to ensure you are not dropping any frames to ensure audio quality.  Audio is more important than video for the experience.  Test by streaming to your own twitch channel.  You will need to change the streaming service and key to do this.

  1. Click “Start Streaming”
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  1. In your Menu Bar  select “View > Stats”
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  1. Review your stats
    1. This should always say 0/### (0.0%) 
    2. This should always say 0/### (0.0%) 
    3. This should always say 0/### (0.0%) 
    4. This is an indicator of your network capacity and what you are trying to send.

BAD EXAMPLE

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GOOD EXAMPLE

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Ready to Stream

By now you should be ready to stream.  A few last steps will help ensure a smooth show.

  1. Make sure you join the #streaming channel on Discord. 
    1. Admins will let you know when it is good to start streaming.
  2. Make sure you have a browser window open to the NYMS Twitch channel during your stream. MAKE SURE YOU MUTE THIS VIDEO ON TWITCH. Issues can arise during a stream and people in the chat will usually mention these.
    1. You can view and engage with chat.  
    2. You can see if your stream is working as expected.
  3. Be respectful of time slots.  If someone is coming up after you, try to finish a few minutes early.
  4. In OBS, click “Start Streaming”
start streaming
  1. After your performance let the stream continue for about 2 minutes.
  2. Join the twitch chat and bask in the glory of the accolades you will receive.

Helpful Resources

Recommended Gear

There are many options out there, these suggestions are simply to get you started.

Crew Called Self – Sounds of Horror

This past Halloween night, the NYMS invaded The East Village Playhouse for one hell of a show! Sounds of Horror!

NYMS members Dysonant, Jon Bohm (one half of Saddle Up the Robots), DJ Cherishtheluv, Crew Called Self, This Digital Landscape and Ben The Glorious Bastard took the stage for a night of bleeps, bloops and frights. I had the opportunity to virtually sit down with each of the performers and ask a few question about their individual modular philosophies and performance setups.

This week’s interview is with Crew Called Self. Be sure to check out his Instagram to see what else he has going on.

Crew Called Self

Modular synths seem to be a pretty specific niche.  What draws you into modular vs. standard synths or other options?

Flexibility in sound design and other synths don’t have the potential for discovery that modular does. Every time I patch the modular it leads me in a different direction even if I try to patch and play it the same way.

Why do you choose to perform live on what can potentially be a fairly complicated setup?

Aesthetics? 

How long have you been playing on modular?

Just over two years.

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of modular synths?

I think choosing the right modules for what you want to do. There’s so many options. Not that that’s a bad thing. You just really have to think about where to begin and where to go next.

What type of music (non-modular) do you find inspirational?  Artists and/or genres.

I was a big MPC guy for a long time so a lot of boom bap 90’s hip hop. I’m also a big funk, disco, and house guy when I DJ.

Can you name a module that inspires you the most?

 Klee Sequencer. That thing is incredible.

What was the first module you purchased/acquired?

Mother 32 was my first intro to modular but the first actual module I put in a rack was a Synthrotek Dirt Filter that I built and still don’t know what it’s supposed to do. It’s awful.

What was the last module you purchased/acquired?

Mimeophon 

Currently, what is your favorite module?

 Mimeophon but ask me again next week lol. 

How do you prioritize musicality vs. the “weirdness” that modular offers?  For example, are there times when you abandon harmony in favor of weird and interesting patches and vice versa?

 I am here for the weirdness. I usually let the rack get weird and lead me in a direction. Then I try to tame it and bring it together in harmony. 

Can you give a brief “rig rundown” or “patch notes” from your Halloween performance? 

I programmed the Halloween theme in the Motger 32 and patched that into mimeophon. M32 became the master clock into Bastl Little Nerd that did clock multiplication and randomness , I also had a Doepfer clock divider for some parts. I rand the kB out of m32 into the Dixie 1vt/oct for baseline that ran into tip-top forbidden planet and Erica pics dsp. Maths was the EG for the Dixie and I also had Maths summing triggers for the 808 kick, taking a steady 4/4 pulse and summing it with random 16th notes from Little Nerd. 2hp hats also got random 16th triggers. 

Lastly, how would you describe your Halloween performance to someone unfamiliar with this crazy modular world we live in?

I mutilated Halloween. 

Thanks Crew Called Self!! Looking forward to checking out your next show!
~Jon (yohan753) 

Jon Bohm (One half of Saddle Up the Robots) – Sounds of Horror

This past Halloween night, the NYMS invaded The East Village Playhouse for one hell of a show! Sounds of Horror!

NYMS members Dysonant, Jon Bohm (one half of Saddle Up the Robots), DJ Cherishtheluv, Crew Called Self, This Digital Landscape and Ben The Glorious Bastard took the stage for a night of bleeps, bloops and frights. I had the opportunity to virtually sit down with each of the performers and ask a few question about their individual modular philosophies and performance setups.

This week’s interview is with none other than Jon Bohm who performed a Halloween solo set. Be sure to check out his full band’s Instagram to learn more about Saddle Up the Robots.

Jon Bohm

Modular synths seem to be a pretty specific niche.  What draws you into modular vs. standard synths or other options?

 It’s inherently momentary and I find that to be fun. 

Why do you choose to perform live on what can potentially be a fairly complicated setup?

 Because what is life if you don’t bother to challenge yourself?

How long have you been playing on modular?

Couple years. Been doing this electronic music thing for much longer though. Bought my first synth when I was 19.

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of modular synths?

Finding time to work on patches. You really do need to put in a lot of hours to make sure a 10 minute performance doesn’t sound like hot garbage. 

…though hot garbage doesn’t have a sound.

What type of music (non-modular) do you find inspirational?  Artists and/or genres.

Truthfully what I find inspiring varies by the day and mood I am in. I know. Super contrived answer. 

My favorite band is Depeche Mode, FWIW.

Can you name a module that inspires you the most?

Far from a unique answer but I think the BIA is just fucking brilliant. It’s rather aggressive but extremely versatile. I love that you can CV the hell out of it and find moments of beauty in between all it’s harshness.

What was the first module you purchased/acquired?

Does the 0-Coast count? That motherfucker is starting to gain a reputation as the gateway drug of eurorack.

If not; Pamela’s New Workout. Opened up so many doors almost immediately and really gets you thinking in a very “non-linear” frame of mind which you need to channel when starting to wrap your head around modular workflows.

What was the last module you purchased/acquired?

Recent acquisitions include a Mimeophon and an Antiphon. I like phon. 

Currently, what is your favorite module?

I really love modules which sort of play along with you. Marbles is a great example of that. Producing good results is very much about understanding it’s “rule set”, if you will. Love shit like that.

That said I would probably (definitely) have a different answer if you asked again tomorrow. 

How do you prioritize musicality vs. the “weirdness” that modular offers?  For example, are there times when you abandon harmony in favor of weird and interesting patches and vice versa?

While I love to embrace that non-linear which I think breeds a lot of that “weirdness”, I do always try to bring it back to building something that’s inherently “musical”. But even what that means is subjective for each of us, I’d imagine. 

Can you give a brief “rig rundown” or “patch notes” from your Halloween performance? 

 4 synth parts: Cwejman BLD2, NE Sinc Iter, MI Plaits, Super Synthesis 2 OP FM (highly underrated module btw)

4 drum parts: MI Peaks for bass and snare, EMW T-Drum (2x) for hats, BIA for general percussive madness 

Fuckton of modulation provided by Maths, Voltage Block, Batumi, Marbles, Clep Diaz, PNW 

Spookyness molded by filters and effects WASP filter, SEM filter, Mimeophon, and Disting doing a bit crush thing 

Then I also brought along a Yamaha Reface DX for some dissonant FM chords. It was Halloween, afterall. 

Follow up Question…I’ve been debating getting an SEM filter.  I have the Wasp currently. Which SEM do you have and how would you say it differs from the Wasp?

I love both. Doepfer filters sound so good and are so cheap….it’s hard to avoid buying them. The wasp as you know is very aggressive and gritty the SEM is a bit tamer but definitely has a unique, spooky character all of its own. I think both are great for creating very atmospheric sounds. Like if I were to write a horror movie score SEM would be the opening theme and the the Wasp would be for a scene where someone gets murdered lol

John Carpenter’s early scores were all written and recorded on SEM. The filter is what gives his stuff such a unique (and fucking awesome) sound.

Lastly, how would you describe your Halloween performance to someone unfamiliar with this crazy modular world we live in?

Like if the score to Suspiria and the noises a dial up modem makes had some sort of evil love child.

Thanks Jon!! Looking forward to checking out your next show!
~Jon (yohan753) 

Ben The Glorious Bastard – Sounds of Horror

This past Halloween, New York Modular Society invaded The East Village Playhouse for one hell of a show! Sounds of Horror!

NYMS members Dysonant, Jon Bohm (one half of Saddle Up the Robots), DJ Cherishtheluv, Crew Called Self, This Digital Landscape and Ben The Glorious Bastard took the stage for a night of bleeps, bloops and frights. I had the opportunity to virtually sit down with each of the performers and ask a few question about their individual modular philosophies and performance setups.

This week’s interview will be with Ben the Glorious Bastard. Be sure to check out his Instagram to see what else he has going on.

Ben the glorious bastard

Modular synths seem to be a pretty specific niche.  What draws you into modular vs. standard synths or other options?

I guess I felt like I explored all the other options? Haha! Actually, I always wanted to have a modular but for the longest time it was pretty expensive with quite few options. When Eurorack developed, modules became more affordable and lots of interesting things popped up. The 0-Coast has been my gateway into the modular world. From then, I was down the rabbit hole!

Why do you choose to perform live on what can potentially be a fairly complicated setup?

Cause it’s fun! A live patch is only as complicated as you make it so I think it’s always doable to do something that stays fun to play and, hopefully, fun to listen to.

How long have you been playing on modular?

2 years. 

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of modular synths?

The price. Other than that, it depends how you look at it. Sometimes I’m bothered by the lack of standards in Eurorack, like what’s 0-5V, -5/+5V, 0/10V, 0/8V, etc. I’d say that poses a challenge to the user. Another challenge is, once a patch is gone, it’s gone. It’s pretty difficult to take accurate and exhaustive notes and exactly replicate a patch.

What type of music (non-modular) do you find inspirational?  Artists and/or genres.

I started playing the modular with mostly Terry Riley in mind, precisely A Rainbow Over Curved Air. The sounds on this record come from an organ and tapes but it has that modular vibe to it. All of of his work is a major inspiration. Other artists like Sun Ra, Giorgio Moroder, Parliament, Lee Perry, RZA, Ennio Morricone, Megadeth, lots of different genres.

Can you name a module that inspires you the most?

It would go between the Verbos Harmonic Oscillator and Mannequins Just Friends. One classic and one modern. Both outstanding modules. So many possibilities and sounds.

What was the first module you purchased/acquired?

Maths because otherwise you cannot tell people you have a modular and the Random*Source Serge Triple+ Waveshaper. The latter is truly a fantastic sounding module I can’t recommend enough.

What was the last module you purchased/acquired?

Hex Inverter Mutant Brain, incredible MIDI to CV module, entirely and easily configurable.

Currently, what is your favorite module?

Just Friends. I mostly used it as a modulation source for more than a year and now I use it as an oscillator. It’s so good, so many possibilities and incredible sounds. 6 oscillators with FM and mind-blowing controls.

How do you prioritize musicality vs. the “weirdness” that modular offers?  For example, are there times when you abandon harmony in favor of weird and interesting patches and vice versa?

Yes. I totally separate the patch sessions. There are times I’m specifically focusing on a technique or on doing something musical or on going fully weird and outside of the box in any possible way. I think it’s important to have clear times for each. If I remember correctly, Devarahi says something like that in his classic book. To each their own though, as long as you have fun.

Can you give a brief “rig rundown” or “patch notes” from your Halloween performance? 

Pretty simple 3-voice rig controlled by a Stillson Hammer MkII driving an Harmonic Oscillator, Just Friends and a Mangrove modulated by Sisters, Maths and Cold Mac.

Lastly, how would you describe your Halloween performance to someone unfamiliar with this crazy modular world we live in?

Tu-tu-tu-tu-tah-tah-tah-tah-Boom-tu-tah-Bap-t-t-t-tahtutaht-Boom-tchitchitchi-Bap 

Put into words it’s kinda like Hip-Hop beats mixed with modular and I try my best to keep it entertaining.


Thanks Ben!! Keep up the good work…and I can’t wait to check out your next performance!
~Jon (yohan753)

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