Use a USB Headset with AverMedia Live Gamer HD on another PC

Many gamers have experienced a road block when using an AverMedia Live Gamer HD capture card in a dedicated streaming computer to capture game footage on another computer while using a USB Headset.  The main problem is capturing both the game audio and the audio from the microphone on the USB Headset.

Well, I have a solution that works.  It works for Open Broadcaster Software and more than likely works with any other similar capture software.  (Please respond in comments if you have had luck with other software using this method so I can update the article!)

I bring you… How To Use a USB Headset with AverMedia Live Gamer HD on another PC

For the duration of this article I will refer to the computer that is playing the game that is being recorded as the gaming computer.  The computer that has the capture card in it and is running the stream will be referred to as the streaming computer.

This guide assumes that you have the AverMedia Live Gamer HD capture card installed into the streaming computer – one that is used to capture the footage on another computer and handle the stream so the other computer does not take a performance hit at all.  It also assumes that you have a USB headset with a microphone installed on the gaming computer that the footage is being captured from.  It also assumes that both the streaming computer and the gaming computer have working sound cards with 3.5mm audio out and audio in ports (besides the capture card and the USB headset) and that you are using purely HDMI between the gaming computer and streaming computer.  This guide assumes you already have Open Broadcaster Software installed.  This guide also assumes that the AverMedia RECentral software is already installed.  This guide also assumes that all of the above hardware and software is installed properly, has all of the necessary drivers and supporting software installed and is generally at a default configuration.

This guide was written with Windows 7 64-bit as the operating system.  Different versions of windows will have slightly different procedures.  Adjust accordingly.  Your mileage my vary.

Running wires

You will need both the HDMI cord and the 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable that came with the capture card.

Run the HDMI cord from the gaming computer to the HDMI in on the capture card in the streaming computer.

Run the audio cable from the line out on the sound card on the gaming computer to the line in on the sound card on the streaming computer.  (Not to the audio in on the capture card!)

Configuring the Gaming Computer

right click speakersRight click on the speaker icon in your system tray (bottom right hand corner of the window’s desktop near the clock).  Select Playback Devices.

Right-click on the audio device that is your onboard sound card and select Set as Default Device – if this option does not display, then it is already the default device.  In my case it is Realtek High Definition Audio that has been labeled Speakers.  NOTE:  I renamed my headset accordingly to make identification easier.  See the image below as a reference.  The green circle with a white check mark over it is the indicator of which device is my default device.  You can ignore the default communications device as it does not apply to this situation.

2 playback devices

If you do not see a device named AVERMEDIA_HD-1 right-click in the list and select Show Disabled Devices.

Right-click on AVERMEDIA_HD-1 and click Enable.  If you do not see enable, then the device is already enabled and you can move on.

Click the Recording tab at the top of this window.

Right-click in the area below and check Show Disabled Devices if it does not already have a check.

Right-click on Stereo Mix in the list and click Enable.  If it says Disable then do not click on it as it is already enabled!

Right-click on Stereo Mix and click Set as default device.  If you do not see the option, it is already the default.  (It should not be because it was just disabled.)  The green circle with the check mark above it indicates that you have it set as the default device.

See the image below as a reference.

3recording devices

Double-click on Stereo Mix.  This will open the stereo mix properties window.  Click the Listen tab.  Check the box next to Listen to this device.  In the drop-down box below, select your USB Headset.  In this case it is my Logitech G930 Headset.  See the image below as a reference.

4stereo mix properties

Double-click on the microphone device that is a part of your headset.  In my case it is labeled Headset and the second line says Logitech G930 Headset.  This will open the microphone properties window.

Click on the Listen tab at the top.  Check the box next to Listen to this Device.  In the drop-down menu below the check box select AVERMEDIA_HD-1.

Close the properties window.  This completes the configuration of the gaming computer.

Configuring the Streaming Computer

Run Open Broadcaster Software.  Click Settings.  Select Audio on the left selection pane.

Check the box next to Use Input device for desktop audio.  Set Desktop Audio Device to Line In.  Set Microphone/Auxiliary Audio Device to Disable.  Click Apply and then OK.  Use the image below as a reference.

5OBSsettingsaudio

On the main OBS window, create a new scene by right-clicking on the white area under Scenes and clicking Add Scene.  Give it a label – this can be whatever you want to identify it as.

Right-click in the sources white space and click Add -> Video Capture Device.  Give it a label – this can be whatever you want to identify it as.

Set Device to AVerMedia HD Capture – depending on what card you have and its version this may have additional nomenclature to the name or may be somewhat different.

Ensure that under the Audio section (Use Device Audio) is selected in the drop-down menu.  Configure any other additional options you might have and click OK.  Use the image below as a reference.

8OBSvidcapdev

Run the AverMedia RECentral software.

Click Stream and on the circle to the right, select Pro.  Use the image below as a reference.

6RECentral

Under Audio Source select HDMI from the first drop-down menu.  Click the Save button at the top right .  Click OK on the pop-up window and you can close RECentral.  See the image below as a reference.

7recentralstream

ENJOY!

Concept of the Operation (For tech savvy people)

The capture device itself has an audio capture capability inherently.  We leverage that capability to provide the audio from the USB Headset’s microphone over the HDMI audio channel.  This is recorded by the device capture on OBS.  The rest of the audio – game audio and anything else played over the onboard sound card on the gaming computer is transported to the streaming box via the 3.5mm audio cable and picked up via the line-in capture option in OBS.  Fairly simple.

 

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Arthur Kopczynski

Hey,

This is exactly what i was looking for, the only problem with listening is that there is a small delay in sound. The speakers are in before the USB headset.

Are there any other solutions to getting my USB headset sound over to another computer. Purchasing anything, using software.

I have tried VAC/Airfoil/Other software and all have failed me.

Please assist if you know of another way.

Thank You.

Teamspeak

Thanks for this guide, everything works fine except I can’t seem to hear anyone in Teamspeak or Ventrilo on the streaming PC. I’m using a logitech G35 USB headset. I kind of understand from googling that it’s because the headset acts as an external sound card and etc., but is there any software I could use or settings to change so I could still hear Ventrilo and Teamspeak on my USB headset and have the sound also transferred to the streaming PC? On a side note, I have had an issue to where the sound completely goes away for some… Read more »

Teamspeak

On my previous side note: I was losing audio on my whole PC except the headset. As if the onboard audio wasn’t working.

As far as Ventrilo and Teamspeak, I must have missed where I had to set the output as the onboard audio. After doing that on both programs, I could hear everything from Teamspeak or Ventrilo on the stream, thanks!

Nbatkos

Just came across this article, and its the same exact setup im running, realtek audio, G930, and an avermedia c985 on a 2 pc setup . Problem im having is the version of OBS that’s current (the one im running) version .64 no longer has the ‘Use Input device for desktop audio’ option. Any advice on how to get the same results with out being able to use input device as desktop audio???

Mathias

They changed it in a couple of patches ago, you can turn it on again by configure your .ini file.

* Remove ‘use input devices for desktop audio’ and make it so it can only be used via ini file. If you need to use it, then enable it in your profile ini file in %appdata%obsprofiles, under [Audio], InputDevicesForDesktopSound=1 — we are not going to provide an option in the UI for this because people kept enabling it without know what they were doing.

Thanks for an awesome guide!

Nbatkos

Came across this article, and I’m setting up the same exact hardware. My problem is the most up-to-date version of OBS no longer has the option to ‘Use Input device for desktop audio’. Is there any way to achieve the same results with out that option??

SimplisticBeing

I’ve been tinkering for days. I can’t for the life of me figure this out whether through 3.5mm or optical. Nothing works. My dilemma. I can get audio and mic to the stream pc, but, then I can’t actually listen to it, because the default playback device is set to speakers (sound card), which outputs to the other stream pc, and nothing ever outputs the sound back to or through to the headset, everything takes from and listens from the headset but no sound is ever sent to it. Game out to sound card, mic out to capture card. Where… Read more »

SimplisticBeing

Alrighty. Here is an update. Im using 2 sound cards using optical out from gaming pc to optical in on streaming pc. So there is no use for the Stereo mix, I use “What u Hear” which is the same thing. When setting this to listen and playback through the headset I get sound, but nothing is being sent to the optical in of the streaming pc’s sound card. If I have it playback through SPDIF out, I have mic and now game sound to the stream pc, but because of this, I no longer hear anything on the headset.… Read more »

SimplisticBeing

Sorry, apparently I HAVE to use onboard. Anyway everything is working as it should now. Game sound and mic are being sent over, but with absolute horrible quality. If this is what others users are using to stream, I feel bad for their viewers. TOO much bass, too much treble, way too much noise when things go silent. I can fix the bass and treble sort of. Even with bass removed completely the bass is still way too high. If this is sound card related, no wonder I always hated sound cards. They always sound like garbage and now that… Read more »

SimplisticBeing

I hope you’re sleeping. This is getting ridiculous. Alright, I had it all working, started tweaking enhancements in the sound card software to get rid of the extreme bass and treble and the sound cut from the headset. I reverted the software back to defaults and still no sound. I reverted all back to defaults, restarted both computers and STILL no longer receiving sound to the headset. Now back to square one. No sound to the headset but sound to the stream PC is happening. Stereo mix isn’t working anymore? By not working I mean, it’s enabled, defaulted and listened… Read more »

Peter Buckley

I would just like to say a big thank you for your guide. I have spent hours trying to get my audio from the line out using this method to a decent sound quality. I would just make one small change that I have found takes care of the poor sound quality from the line. Instead of using the microphone to listen to the HDMI on a capture card. download Voicemeeter (Free) and under record set this new record port to listen your HDMI capture feed. This has worked a treat. Just one other tip on the line-in sometimes you… Read more »

Craig W

Hi peter – I am having a lot of ‘static / humming’ when using the microphone listening to the hdmi. I downloaded the software you mentioned but cant seem to get it to work. Could you go into a bit more detail possibly on how to set it up ?

Peter Buckley

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Craig W

Hi First off nice article Yuka its helped me a bunch! However im having some teething problems and im wondering if i have done something wrong. I have managed to get all the sound working (headset/streamingpc) etc. However im having a lot of static which seems to be worse whenever i load up a game. I uploaded a short video as an example A problem i had was getting the sound from my gaming pc to transmit to OBS on the streaming pc. It seems i could either have the mic or the game sounds but not both. I finally… Read more »

MaliciousSnip3r

I have this set up the way you said but during stream I was listening and it seems like I have buzzing in my headset and a loop going on. I’ll say something and it just repeat on stream. Not sure if its because of the set up and I shouldn’t listen to stream to test or it’s the loop.

Oliver

I cant get my mic to work. It works on my gaming computer, but does not work on my streaming computer. I’d done verything you said, and converted that from OBS to xsplit. (except for the device selection, which I cant find). I really need your help.

imfriendlyyy

Hello, I hope you still check up on these replies as you have been very helpful! Through 8 hours of googling and frustration, I decided to post on the forums of OBS (thats what I use to stream) and also leave a reply here. Here’s the thread I made on the forums if you would like to see people’s feedback as well, and also I’ll post what I posted on the forums here as well. https://obsproject.com/forum/threads/2-pc-setup-audio-problem-with-steam-steam-games-only.48180/ “I am using a 2 PC setup, one gaming, one streaming obviously. Everything works fine and audio is all dandy until I decided to… Read more »