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RufusTheRat

Voiceless Streams?

Hey everybody. So I know I don't post journals often, but I wanted to get people's opinions on this, seeing as a good handful of people who attend my streams regularly are also mostly the same people who read my journals, and this was the easiest way to get in contact with all you guys.

I've been seeing LOTS of artists recently start to use the website Join.me to broadcast their streams. After seeing how it works and stuff, I REALLY enjoy the website, despite some semi-major drawbacks. The convenience of the stream is that it's INCREDIBLY light on your PC, and runs real quiet and smooth like. It's very non-demanding of your PC's resources. It's PAINFULLY simple to use. There are no 10-window pop ups crowding your screen at any given time like what Procaster does with livestream, and I really enjoy the simpleness of Join.me's interface. The biggest drawback of Join.me is that it currently does not have any suppport for audio. So, if I used it to stream, the stream would be silent.

Now, for those of you that are regulars at my streams, you know and realize that the absence of any sound would drastically change the dynamic of the streams I do. Because most of you know I'm a pretty chatty guy , and like to share my odd taste in music with you guys, whether you want me to or no. XD  

I guess what I'm asking is this: how do you guys -- the people who watch and support and like my streams -- feel about my streams being possibly soundless? I'd really like to know the opinions of my viewers before I tried something like this =)
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Added: 6 years, 4 months ago
 
CashewLou
6 years, 4 months ago
I prefer hearing the artist and music, personally.
RufusTheRat
6 years, 4 months ago
Yeah, see, that's part of what makes streams fun for me too DX

Thanks for the reply, btw :3 Hopefully I'll be doing a stream soon once my summer classes are over =)
Ramblo
6 years, 4 months ago
I LOVE join.me, the resolution it provides is amazing when the bandwidth is available and I feel like I'm there with the artist working. Livestream's severe down-res makes me feel like I'm watching from across town through binoculars. But that is a thing: not all artists have the bandwidth for join.me, causing the stream to block-up and fall apart.

That said, I would never take join.me over hearing the artist's voice. There must be a way to fix this. And there are complex solutions. There is no rule that you only use one service. Audio streaming services do exist. You could run both join.me and, say, teamspeak, which would not only allow us to hear you, but would allow you to hear us. Or something like SHOUTcast which would run in the browser too.

That said, are you sure join.me doesn't support audio? There is a phone button for some reason. If you'd like we can spend some time experimenting in private where no one can see us. We can also mess with streaming services.
RufusTheRat
6 years, 4 months ago
I tried out the "phone" button in Rukis' stream the other day when she was using Join.me. For some reason, the program seemed to override any external controls on my laptop and forced me to ONLY be able to adjust the volume of the sound through the join.me volume slider. (Ie -- my external laptop speakers had their volume turned all the way down, but the audio from the stream was coming in through the speakers of my INTERNAL laptop speakers on full blast until I turned it down IN the program)

Using a second website to do a simple stream seems a bit more trouble than it's worth =P
FriskECoyote
6 years, 4 months ago
I love hearing your voice and your music while you draw! <3 But hey, maybe join.me can be used every now and then, and we can all still chat on Skype! :3
Shokuji
6 years, 4 months ago
I enjoy your voice, and I go to the streams to enjoy that as much as I enjoy watching you do art. =3 I'd still go and hang out when I could, but I'd miss your voice. [hugs] ^^
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