'Live Streamer NEXUS (AX310)' review that can cover the most worrisome sound relations in distribution such as live game, Vtuber, YouTuber, remote conference, etc. to a higher level compactly and with one unit

One of the points that distributors (streamers) must be aware of when distributing games and videos on YouTube is 'distribution equipment.' In order to go beyond the really minimum 'deliver the game screen being played as it is', it is convenient to have a device such as a stream deck, a mix amplifier, and an audio interface that help the distribution.

AVerMedia's ' Live Streamer NEXUS (AX310) ' is exactly the one that covers the functions of these three devices, 'stream deck', 'amplifier', and 'audio interface', so let's actually touch it. I decided to. Since the name of the distribution equipment and the software for operating the equipment are both 'NEXUS', the equipment is referred to as 'AX310' and the software is referred to as 'NEXUS' in the article.

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◆ Table of contents

Live Streamer NEXUS (AX310) opened & appearance
-Download and install the operation software 'NEXUS'
Connection between AX310 and equipment
Setup of AX310 and 'NEXUS' -Distributed by RECentral
Live Streamer MIC 330 (AM330) opened & appearance
'NEXUS' settings ・ Hotkeys & widgets
'NEXUS' setting ・ Audi mixer edition
Check sound settings ・ Software output audio settings
'NEXUS' settings ・ Saving account information, changing appearance, etc.

◆ Live Streamer NEXUS (AX310) Opening & Appearance
The outer box of AX310 looks like this.

The contents are the main body and magnet stand, power adapter (DC 12V / 1.5A) and outlet plug for Japan, USB 2.0 Type-B to Type-A cable, 3.5mm stereo audio cable, 3.5mm to 6.3mm audio conversion adapter, quick guide.

The main body dimensions are approximately 214 mm x 146 mm x 61 mm (thickest part), and it is equipped with a touch panel, four physical buttons, and six knobs. From the beginning, the knobs are assigned the functions of 'MIC', 'LINE IN', 'CONSOLE', 'SYSTEM', 'GAME', and 'CHAT'. There are no buttons on the side.

The back is the audio interface section. From the left, the terminals are 'PHONES (3.5mm)' 'LINE OUT (3.5mm)' 'MIC (XLR / 6.3mm)' 'LINE IN (3.5mm)' 'CONSOLE (optical digital)' 'USB (Type-B) In 'DC IN (power supply)', the physical switch on the far right is the power switch. What to connect and how to connect will be described later.

The bottom has a structure that allows it to be installed firmly, and it also has an elongated recess that is used to connect to the magnet stand.

This is a magnet stand. The size is about 184 mm x 84 mm x 33 mm. Used for height adjustment.

The bottom has anti-slip at the four corners.

When the main body and magnet stand are combined, the height becomes 93 mm. Since it contains a magnet, the stand will stick properly even if you lift the main body.

The main body weighs 697g.

The stand weighs 151g. The total weight of the power adapter, cables, etc. is less than 1 kg, so you can move the equipment with you even when you say 'use a different delivery location than usual'.

◆ Download and install the operation software 'NEXUS'
To use 'Live Streamer NEXUS', software for PC 'NEXUS' is required.

First, open the product page of 'AX310' on the AVerMedia official website and click 'Download' in the menu part.

Click 'Software (PC)' to move to the download item.

Click the 'Download' button on the right. The latest version at the time of writing the article was ' (Beta version)'.

With 'Save File', save the file to any location such as the desktop.

Launch the downloaded 'AverMedia_NEXUS_Installer_v1.0.0.40.exe'.

Click 'Next'.

Click 'Next'.

Click 'Next'.

Click 'Finish'.

Another window will open and the driver will be installed. No action is required and it will end automatically.

'NEXUS' will start and the login screen for your AVerMedia account will be displayed. Click 'New registration as an AVerMedia member' at the bottom.

Apart from 'NEXUS', a

new member registration page will open in your web browser, so enter your e-mail address and set a password. After re-entering the password for confirmation, select the country, check 'I accept the privacy policy', and click 'Register'.

Once you have registered, you will automatically be taken to the My Account page, so close your browser and OK.

Return to 'NEXUS', enter the email address and password of the AVerMedia account you registered earlier, and click 'Login'.

'NEXUS' is now waiting for connection with AX310. This is the end of the process on the software side, so we will continue to prepare for the AX310.

◆ Connection between AX310 and equipment
We will connect the AX310 to various devices. The connection method varies depending on the case, whether you want to distribute PS5 games, Nintendo Switch games, PC games or drawings.

First of all, the two terminals from the left side of the back are used to monitor the audio by yourself. Basically, I think that there are many cases where headphones and earphones are connected to 'PHONES', but if you are using a highly directional microphone and the speaker sound does not become noise, connect the speaker to 'LINE OUT'. It's okay to make a sound.

The large hole is a terminal for connecting a microphone.

The microphone terminal features a 6.3mm standard size jack and an XLR that is often used in the broadcasting and audio industries and is also called a 'cannon connector'. If you only have a USB microphone at hand, connect it with a separate conversion adapter.

'LINE IN' and 'CONSOLE' connect game consoles and other devices that play the audio you want to distribute. Please output the video of the game machine to the distribution PC via the capture device prepared separately. For audio, for example, Nintendo Switch and audio equipment have a 3.5mm audio jack, so connect it to 'LINE IN' with an audio cable. If optical digital output of audio is possible like PlayStation 4 (excluding CUH-2000 / 2100/2200) and Xbox One, connect to 'CONSOLE' with an optical digital cable. In the case of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S that output video and audio together with HDMI, after separating the video and audio with the HDMI audio separator, the HDMI audio separator and 'CONSOLE' with an optical digital cable Connect.

Insert the Type-B side of the included USB cable into 'USB' and connect it to the distribution PC. 'DC IN' connects the power adapter.

If you want to see it with a figure, or if you want to know what to do when you have a dual PC system of gaming PC and distribution PC (PDF file) , please refer to pages 8 to 12 of the

user manual.

I actually made a configuration assuming that 'the game live on Nintendo Switch will be delivered'.

The cable connection destination looks like this. It is OK to connect headphones to the PHONES terminal instead of the 'speaker', but these five types of connections are the minimum required.

◆ Setup of AX310 and 'NEXUS' -Distributed by RECentral
Plug the USB cable that extends from the AX310 into the PC on which 'NEXUS' is installed.

Turn on the power switch of the AX310.

Then, the peripheral parts of the main unit, buttons, indicators, etc. will light up, and the AX310 will start up. A movie shot in a room that is turned off so that you can easily see how it shines looks like this.

Launch AVerMedia Live Streamer NEXUS (AX310) --YouTube

The PC side was in a state of 'Please connect NEXUS', but when I turned on the power of AX310 ...

Firmware update has started.

You will be instructed to turn the power off and then on again, so turn off and then on the AX310.

'NEXUS' will be the screen that says 'Use standard version of NEXUS', so click 'Activate'.

From here, it will be a tutorial-like tips display, so click 'Skip' at the bottom left to proceed in a short step. There is no redisplay of Tips, but it is a content that simply tells you what you can do with AX310.

Click 'Later' to jump to 'Let's set the microphone!' At the end of the Tips display. We will set the volume and gain later.

The basic screen of 'NEXUS' looks like this, the left side is the action list, and the right side is the control part with the same contents as the operation panel part of the main body. Drag and drop the icon from the action list on the left to the touch panel part or physical button part on the right to assign functions. The key to mastering the AX310 is to find out what kind of functions should be put together and where they are easy to use. The details will be described later, but we will proceed with the default settings once.

The Nintendo Switch used for gameplay has already been connected for distribution. For distribution, use one of '

RECentral ', ' OBS Studio ', and ' Streamlabs OBS ' supported by AX310.

This time, like AX310, I will try to set up until distribution with 'RE Central' made by AVerMedia. Start 'RECentral', click the 'Distribution' icon in the menu at the bottom, and click the '+' next to the item of the live distribution platform.

The platform setting screen opens, so select 'YouTube' and click 'Next'.

A waiting dialog will appear and the web browser will open automatically.

Since it is a YouTube setting, log in to the Google account for YouTube used for distribution and click 'Allow' for the access request.

Confirm that the account information is entered in the profile and click 'Save'. When performing test distribution, etc., set the 'Privacy' column to 'Limited Release' or 'Private'.

This completes the setting. After that, press 'STREAM' to start distribution.

During distribution, since only RECentral will be displayed on the monitor, there is no chance to see the 'NEXUS' screen, but the number of viewers, the number of registrants, and the comment field are reflected in almost real time on the software as well as AX310. Was being done.

With this, 'It is now possible to distribute games using AX310', but since various settings are not enabled or the defaults are used, if you really distribute as it is, the precious AX310 will be a treasure. It will be rotted. From here, you will have to try out what kind of settings are suitable for you so that you can deliver comfortably.

◆ Live Streamer MIC 330 (AM330) Opening & Appearance
First of all, this AX310 can be connected to a Canon adapter (XLR). You can simply improve the sound quality with the power of physics. So, I decided to use AVerMedia's unidirectional dynamic microphone 'Live Streamer MIC 330 (AM330)'. The outer box looks like this, and has the same design as the AX310.

The set of contents was firmly sandwiched between cushioning materials. Microphone cable (XLR-F --XLR-M), replacement coloring, conversion screw (5/8 inch to 3/8 inch), AM330 main unit, quick guide.

AM330 weighs 628g.

Since it is not a self-supporting microphone, a stand and holder must be prepared separately. This time, I decided to use the stand that came with other microphones as it is. Since the stand was equipped with 3.5 inch screws similar to tripods, use the conversion screws included with AM330.

It was a rather thin mic stand, so it was a bit uneasy, but it was stable and independent. Maybe the bracket on the AM330 side is working well.

So, connect the XLR-F side of the cable to the XLR terminal on the rear side of AM330.

Then connect the XLR-M side of the cable to the XLR terminal of the AX310. Now the microphone is ready.

◆ 'NEXUS' settings, hotkeys & widgets
In 'NEXUS', set the action when the operation panel (touch panel and physical buttons) of AX310 is pressed. In this way, the default screen has a list of actions on the left side and a control section display that imitates AX310 on the right side.

In this state, you can add or replace functions by dragging and dropping the actions and widgets on the left onto the touch panel or physical buttons on the control unit.

There are more than 40 types of actions and widgets provided by default. First, there are eight 'NEXUS' operation-related items. 'Monitor' switches the monitor sound ON / OFF. 'Mix switching' switches between Creator Mix and Audience Mix when using the Dual Mix setting. 'Mute' turns on / off the audio mute of the specified channel or all channels. 'Sound playback' and 'Sound stop' are the playback and stop of the set sound, respectively. 'Hotkey profile switching' switches the profile of the created hotkey / widget. 'Mixer profile switching' switches the profile of the created mixer (audio configuration of input device and PC channel). The 'Mixer Dashboard' shows the current state of the volume of each channel.

There are five 'system' related items. 'Website' opens the specified URL in a web browser. 'Apps / Files' opens and switches specified software and files. 'Hotkey' executes (starts) the specified key combination. 'Multimedia' controls songs and videos being played on the system. The icon is 'Play / Pause', but you can change it to 'Play / Pause', 'Stop', 'Previous / Next Song', 'Mute / Unmute', 'Volume Up', and 'Volume Down'. And 'text' pastes the specified text (fixed phrase).

Hotkeys linked with the distribution / recording software 'RECentral', 'OBS Studio', and 'SLOBS Web (Streamlabs OBS)' are also available. 'Scene' is the scene switching with the specified scene collection, 'Snapshot' is the screen shot, 'Mute' is the mute ON / OFF of the specified audio device, and 'Record' is the recording. Start / stop, 'Stream' to start / stop delivery, 'Source' to switch the specified source.

If you use the widgets for the distribution services 'YouTube' and 'Twitch', you can display the number of people watching, the number of registrants / followers, and the comment field.

Here's what I saw when I checked the actual appearance of the widget. The comment section of YouTube is displayed on the right side, and it was possible to display about 15 lines vertically and about 20 full-width characters horizontally.

Furthermore, for 'Spotify', hotkeys that can perform various operations and widgets that display the song title, artist information, jacket image, and playback time being played are provided.

◆ 'NEXUS' setting ・ Audio mixer edition
If you click around the mixer (area where 6 knobs are lined up) in the 'NEXUS' control section, the setting screen for the audio mixer will appear, and the hotkeys and widgets lined up on the left side will disappear from 'MIC' to 'CHAT'. There are 6 types of channel display. Also, if you click the microphone knob, the microphone audio settings will appear at the bottom.

First, check if the type of microphone you are using is properly selected in the 'Type of microphone' section at the bottom. In this case, AM330 is a dynamic type with XLR connection, so this is OK.

Adjust the volume and gain here.

If you click '...' on the far right ...

The microphone effect setting screen opens. Here, you can set 5 settings, 'Noise Gate', 'Compressor', 'Equalizer', 'Echo', and 'Reverb', and each can be turned ON / OFF with an independent toggle switch.

'Noise gate' is a function to set a sound gate that cuts unnecessary noise. 'Threshold' determines to what volume level the sound is passed through and what volume level or less is cut as noise. 'Attack Time' is, so to speak, the speed at which the gate is opened, and determines how quickly the fade-in occurs when a sound above the level set by Threshold is heard. 'Hold Time' is a setting for how long the gate should be opened when a sound crossing the gate is heard. 'Release Time' is the opposite of Attack Time, which sets the speed at which the gate closes. You can decide how fast the fade-out should be when the sound falls below the level set by Threshold.

The 'compressor' makes the overall volume level uniform. People who just make a loud noise when they are excited or surprised should come in handy. Set the reference volume level at which the compressor operates with 'Threshold'. 'Ratio' is a setting of how much to compress for adjusting the volume level, and the amount that exceeds the Threshold is compressed at the ratio with the original sound based on the Ratio. 'Attack Time' is the time from when the input sound exceeds the standard to the start of compression, 'Release Time' is the length of time that is being compressed, and 'Output Gain' is the time that the volume drops due to compression. This is the adjustment setting for returning.

'Equalizer' cuts or boosts the sound according to frequency to 'make sound'.

Since some presets are prepared from the beginning ...

It is also an ant to make a favorite sound with reference to this.

'Echo' is an effect that reverberates the sound and creates a spaciousness. We often hear examples of radio-style program title calls and deciding lines. 'Level' is the volume of the echo, 'Time' is the length of the echo, and 'Delay' is the interval between the echoes.

'Reverb' is similar to echo in that it reverberates, but it is translated as 'reverberation' and is the way the sound bounces indoors on the floor, walls, and ceiling. 'Level' is the volume, 'Time' is the length of the reverberation, 'Room Size' is the size of the room that produces the reverberation, 'Damp' is the sound quality of the reverberation, and 'Diffusion' is the extent of the reverberation.

Like the equalizer, there are multiple presets available.

Up to this point, all sound settings have been done in Single Mix mode, which sets the volume of the audio for yourself and the volume of the audio for distribution at the same time, but the AX310 has a Dual Mix mode, which sets the volume for yourself and the audio for distribution separately.

In Dual Mix mode, the 'Creator Mix' and 'Audience Mix' setting items will appear in the audio mixer, so switch between them to get the appropriate sound. For example, if you are playing sound through speakers in your environment, you can hear the voice spoken into the microphone with your own ears without having to bother to hear it through the speakers, so turn down or mute the volume of the Creator Mix MIC. If you do, you don't have to listen to your own voice.

◆ Check sound settings ・ Software output audio settings
In addition, when setting the sound, it is also necessary to check the setting once away from 'NEXUS'. Right-click the speaker icon in the notification area of your PC and click 'Sound Settings'.

If you don't see the speaker icon, or if you don't see 'Sound Settings' in the right-click menu, click 'Settings' in the Start menu ...

Click 'System'.

Click the Sound tab to open the Sound Settings. This will merge the steps, so click 'Sound Control Panel' under 'Related Settings'.

'System Live Streamer NEXUS', 'Chat Live Streamer NEXUS', and 'Game Live Streamer NEXUS' have been added to the 'Playback' tab, so 'Sytem' is the 'default device' and 'Chat' is the 'default communication device'. Please confirm that it is.

If not, for example Chat, right-click and click 'Set as Default Communication Device' to configure the settings.

The 'Recording' tab has three additions: 'Audience Mix', 'Creatoe Mix', and 'Chat Mix'. This closes the 'Sound Control Panel' and is OK.

In 'Sound Settings' that remains open, click 'App Volume and Device Settings' at the bottom.

Make sure that the 'Output' on the right side of the master volume column is 'System (Live Streamer NEXUS)' and the input is 'Chat Mic (Live Streamer NEXUS)'.

If it is different, select it again from the pull-down menu.

The running apps are lined up under the master volume. If it is a PC game, the game you want to play live, if the game machine is connected via a capture device, set 'Output' in the recording / distribution software column to 'Game (Live Streamer NEXUS)', Discord, LINE, Skype, etc. If you are using the voice chat tool of, set the 'output' of the software to 'Chat (Live Streamer NEXUS)'. With this setting, you can adjust the volume of the system voice of the distribution PC itself with 'System', the volume of the game specified with 'Game', and the volume of voice chat with 'Chat' among the six knobs of the AX310.

◆ 'NEXUS' general settings, appearance changes, etc.
Click the gear icon in the upper right corner of 'NEXUS' to open the setting screen for 'NEXUS' itself.

In 'Account', you can save the account information of YouTube, Twitch, Streamblabs OBS, Spotify, OBS WebSockets used for recording and distribution in addition to the AVerMedia account. Actually, try registering a YouTube account.

A web browser will open, so enter the email address of the Google account you are using on YouTube and click 'Next'.

Enter the password and click 'Next'.

Click the account you entered.

Since there is a permission request, click 'Allow'. A fairly strong authority is required, probably because the widget gets the number of registrants and the contents of the comment field.

If 'SUCCESS! Connection Succeeded!' Is displayed, the cooperation is complete.

YouTube account information has been added to 'NEXUS'.

The confirmation screen when deleting the registration information looks like this. Of course, it doesn't affect the account itself, only the access rights are removed.

On the 'General' tab, you can check the version information and set the language.

On the 'Device' tab, you can set the emission color and lighting method for the touch panel, physical buttons, volume indicator, status lamp, etc.

As an example, I changed the color of the volume indicator. When it is red, it looks like this.

It looks like this when it's green. It is also fun to find your favorite emission color and emission method.

On the Output tab, you can set the sampling rate of the audio mixer, which Mix the LINE OUT output source should be, and whether to apply effects to Chat Mic.

And, if you start to set up in this way, it seems that there will be no end, and there is no doubt that you can dramatically improve the delivery quality 'Live Streamer NEXUS (AX310)' is 39,600 yen including tax on Amazon.co.jp It is sold at.

Amazon | AVerMedia LIVE STREAMER NEXUS AX310 Audio Mixer & Distributor Control Center DV602 | AVERMEDIA | Interface Card Mail Order

In addition, 'Live Streamer MIC 330 (AM330)' suitable for distribution is also sold at Amazon.co.jp for 11,000 yen including tax.

Amazon.co.jp: AVerMedia LIVE STREAMER MIC 330 AM330 Unidirectional Dynamic Microphone For video distribution / streaming SP988: PC / peripheral device

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