Computer and Audio Equipment

Computer & Audio Equipment

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I broke my equipment into three sections to make it more concise. I’ll update these posts over time. ๐Ÿ™‚

My computer is the thing that I didn’t put together. I had some friends who are programmers and pc nerds in Austin assemble it after giving me a list of parts. I just knew I needed something that’d last several years and give the processing power to crank what I was doing. This is a long list but here are the parts for my current livestream setup.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core, 16-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler

Do I know what all of this does? Not exactly. I’m just giving you some info to get started. This will also rapidly evolve as our needs change for computing and video production.

Fractal Design Meshify C – Compact Computer Case – High Performance Airflow/Cooling – 2X Fans Included – PSU Shroud – Modular Interior – Water-Cooling Ready – USB3.0 – Tempered Glass Light – Blackout

EVGA 06G-P4-2066-KR GeForce RTX 2060 KO Gaming, 6GB GDDR6, Dual Fans, Metal Backplate

EVGA 220-G3-0650-Y1 SuperNOVA 650 G3, 80 Plus Gold 650W, Fully Modular, Eco Mode with New HDB Fan, 7 Year Warranty, Includes Power ON Self Tester, Compact 150mm Size, Power Supply

ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) AM4 Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 & 3rd Gen Ryzen ATX Motherboard with PCIe 4.0, Dual M.2, 12+2 with Dr. MOS Power Stage

Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3733MHz Performance Memory Kit – PVS416G373C7K


If all this looks confusing don’t worry it would be to me as well. We can’t be expected to know everything and when I started my journey I was in my front yard near tears because I couldn’t build the business I wanted. Years later I said, “I can’t teach online.” Now I believe I can’t afford to teach group classes in person. ๐Ÿ™‚

It takes time and you have to use your resourcefulness not just your resources.

Beyond the computer itself I needed additional wires and equipment.

Elgato Cam Link – Broadcast live and record via DSLR, camcorder, or action cam in 1080p60, compact HDMI capture device, USB 3.0

Just like the cameras etc, I needed 4 of these. One for each camera. Same goes with wires, USB 3 etc.

This is the lighting setup I pieced together. There are tripods for these but I’ve now mounted mine on my walls so they’re out of the way in my studio. You can use the stand to move the light around or use the wall mount to attach it to your walls as I did.

UBeesize Selfie Ring Light with Tripod Stand & Cell Phone Holder for Live Stream/Makeup, Mini Led Camera Ringlight for YouTube Videos/Photography

I use this primarily when I’m sitting at my computer or doing a podcast video. For my main lighting I use another set for our livestreams.

BlueRigger USB Extension Cable 7.5 Meters (25FT, Active, USB 2.0, Type A Male to A Female, Repeater Cable) – Compatible with Game Consoles, Printer, Camera

I ordered many different cables to run my cameras into my USB 3 ports. A quick note. A USB 2 carries 100X less data than a USB 3. Blue tab? USB 3. Black tab? USB 2. I had to figure this out the hard way. ๐Ÿ™‚

USB 3.0 Extension Cable 20 ft,Ruaeoda 22 AWG Long USB Extension Cable SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Type A Male to Female USB Cable Compatible with Printer,Xbox, USB Flash Drive, Card Reader, Hard Drive,Camera

USB Bluetooth Adapter for PC – Bluetooth Dongle for PC Windows 10/8/7 – PC to Bluetooth Adapter – Bluetooth USB Receiver 4.0 for Computer/Laptop

These next items are one of my more geeky moments when I learn enough to solve problems myself. I have hotkeys on OBS. (I’ll go into software on another post.) I need a smaller keyboard to be able to press a button and change cameras/scenes/graphics. Necessity is the mother of invention. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bluetooth Number Pad, Acedada Portable Slim 22-Key Wireless Bluetooth Numeric Keypad for Financial Accounting Data Entry, Advanced 10 Key for Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, PC, Surface Pro, etc – Black

Strenco 2 x 4 Inch – 15 Pcs – Adhesive Square Hook and Loop Tape – Heavy Duty Strips – Sticky Back Fastener

Robert, you’re saying you created a tiny wireless keyboard that connects via bluetooth to solve a problem? ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes! I grinner from ear to ear. ๐Ÿ™‚

Gymboss Armband

Cat 7 Ethernet Cable 25 ft Shielded – Solid Flat Internet Network Computer Patch Cord, Faster Than Cat5e/Cat5/cat6 Network, Slim Cat7 High Speed LAN Wire with Rj45 Connectors for Router, Modem โ€“ White

Amazon Basics XLR Male to Female Microphone Cable – 6 Feet, Black

This XLR will connect your Sennheiser Lav Mic into the next audio interface.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First

The focusrite allowed me more control over my audio before heading into the computer. I believe, correct me if I’m wrong, both the cameras video signal and the audio signal from my microphone have to be turned into a signal that my computer can process and use. This is a simple easy solution and I may add a second microphone eventually.

Anker 2-in-1 USB 3.0 SD Card Reader for SDXC, SDHC, SD, MMC, RS-MMC, Micro SDXC, Micro SD, Micro SDHC Card and UHS-I Cards

I needed a card reader for SD. My computer didn’t have one installed but you can use this work around to take the SD card from your cameras to get the files on your pc.

SanDisk 256GB Ultra SDXC UHS-I Memory Card – 100MB/s, C10, U1, Full HD, SD Card – SDSDUNR-256G-GN6IN

These come in different storage sizes just like any hard drive. You can pick the size you need but I prefer having a 256GB just in case.

You back things up right? It’s a simple solution. I move tons of data around. I regularly record files that are 60GB and with that much I need a backup and occasional additional storage. You don’t want to lose footage.

Seagate STHP5000400 Backup Plus 5TB External Hard Drive Portable HDD – Black USB 3.0 for PC Laptop and Mac, 1 Year MylioCreate, 2 Months Adobe CC Photography, 2-Year Rescue Service

Toptrend 4K HDMI Cable 12ft, CL3 Rated 18Gpbs High Speed HDMI 2.0 Cable Supports 1080p, 3D, 2160p, 4K 60Hz UHD, HDR, 30AWG HDMI Cord, Compatible with HDTV, Xbox, Blue-ray Player, PS3, PS4, PC

My monitor is great and I’m really glad I chose a larger 43″ screen. I use the HDMI cable to connect the monitor to my pc.

AOC C32V1Q 31.5″ Full HD 1920×1080 Monitor, Curved VA Panel, 4ms 75Hz, Frameless, HDMI/DisplayPort/VGA, Flickerfree, Low Blue Mode, VESA, Black

I spend inordinate amounts of time massaging a keyboard. I absolutely love this monitor for it’s price and size. The large screen makes me eyes rest (I need reading glass for my phone. If you ever see posts with misspellings it’s likely done from my phone when I didn’t have on reading glasses.) ๐Ÿ™‚

I bought another monitor for my studio and an HDMI splitter. It means that with the press of a button I can switch to the monitor in my studio without having to move my original back and forth. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also needed a long HDMI cable to run across my ceiling and reach into my studio.

Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo, WisFox 2.4G Ergonomic USB Keyboard with Phone Holder, Full-Size Keyboard and Mouse Set for Computer, Laptop and Desktop(Green and Black)

I could have settled for my wired keyboard but with so much moving around filming wireless was easier for me to move around and handle. ๐Ÿ™‚

To save space on my USB ports (I needed 4 just for my cameras) I needed an additional supplement for non necessary devices or things that didn’t need to be wired as directly into my pc.

Powered USB Hub 3.0, Atolla 7-Port USB Data Hub Splitter with One Smart Charging Port and Individual On/Off Switches and 5V/4A Power Adapter USB Extension for MacBook, Mac Pro/Mini and More.

I know that’s a lot of stuff. Don’t feel overwhelmed. I know that I felt overwhelmed doing all of this but I still need to make posts on my clothes, attire and then the software I used. I spent a year juggling and working with all of this to assemble it into what we’re doing now.

I’m completely changing the face of massage education and it’s because of my friends support and help in addition to a solid work ethic where I believe I could achieve anything. Here’s what we’re Doing with this equipment.

You can study with me live, globally.

If you want your free CEs you can sign up here.

Hope that gives you something to chew on. ๐Ÿ™‚

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