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XSplit Broadcaster: Echo on Twitch Stream

Last Updated on September 21, 2019 by Michael Brockbank

Does your microphone create an echo while streaming on Twitch from XSplit Broadcaster? This is actually a common problem for certain types of headsets and brands of microphones. Here is how I fixed my own issues with the echo on Twitch stream.

If you use XSplit Broadcaster to stream on Twitch, you may experience a doubling effect from your microphone. If the game itself is working fine during the stream, meaning it doesn’t have the same echo effect as your voice, then you might have too many recording devices enabled.
[template id=”145″] This produces the echo on Twitch stream as the software is pulling from more than one source. XSplit Broadcaster may be to blame if you have verified that there are no other hardware devices recording your voice.

In my instance, I only had the one microphone – the Afterglow headset.

Symptoms of Echo on Twitch Stream:

This next part applies to those where the sound from your voice is the only thing doubled while using Windows 7.

When you broadcast your gameplay on Twitch using XSplit Broadcaster, your voice is doubled over the stream. The game, music and all other sounds are working perfectly, but your voice is being duplicated.

I had this problem recently, and after spending several hours trying to find a solution of forums and Google searches, I figured it out for myself.

And I felt somewhat silly after realizing how simple the fix truly was.

Solution to Double Echo Effect on XSplit Broadcaster

I have a Prismatic Afterglow Wireless Headset. I’m not sure if this matters, but here is how I fixed the problem.

Click the mute button for microphone in XSplit Broadcaster

That’s it.

As odd as it sounds, this is what worked for me. A simple click of the mouse later and the doubling effect stopped. I haven’t tried this with the Afterglow while making direct videos instead of streaming, so I don’t know if it will mute the mic or not.

However, this is all I did to get my system to stream properly.

I set the sound and microphone to be the default setup in the settings of XSplit instead of using the control for “Default.” I have to do this in EverQuest 2 so that I can use the microphone in the game as well.

Even though Windows is set up for using the Afterglow as default anyway, some of my games refuse to recognize that setting and I have to force it to use the headset instead. Once the mic is muted in XSplit, the echo goes away. This is because it’s using only one system to record voice and not two: Windows and XSplit.

XSplit Broadcaster shows that the microphone is muted, but the stream works perfectly now. All game sounds, music and speech are properly streamed to Twitch. I am not sure why this happens, nor have I found a more permanent solution to this.

It seems to be a bug with the system regarding certain microphones and/or headset brands.

It may also be important to note that I do not have this problem when using the Blue Snowball microphone. I’ve disabled the mic on the Afterglow headset and don’t have to worry about muting XSplit.

This leads me to believe that the echo on Twitch stream may be related to the Afterglow headset itself.

I hope this helps you in your streaming – good luck and happy gaming.

UPDATE 3/6/2018: After streaming on Twitch for the first time while using Windows 10, this is no longer a problem for me. In fact, I cannot have the microphone set as default while XSplit Broadcaster uses it specifically. It stops the mic from working at all. Instead, I have to keep the default mic in Windows set to the headset while changing the mic in XSplit to the Afterglow specifically.

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Michael Brockbank

Michael developed ColoradoPlays to help various charities through his favorite pastime. Since then, the blog and Twitch channels have donated several hundred dollars to Extra Life, Geeks of Grandeur and Operation Supply Drop, to name a few.