Here’s a fix if you can’t get audio through your headphones for a stream

After a few livestream events this year, my announcers told me they couldn’t hear each other through their headphones. After some investigating I realized my announcers had never been able to hear each other during the streams and had failed to tell me.

Our setup uses a Yamaha MG102c mixing console for the announcer’s headphones and mics to run through and there’s even a space for a producer to plug in headphones and keep tabs on what things sound like. You can see it pictured here.

To try and help them I twisted all the knobs and pushed all the buttons I could and then eventually do what I do best — I reached out to someone way smarter than myself (there are a lot of people out there that fit this bill). Albert Dupont from Loyola University New Orleans came to the rescue.

He told me we needed an amplifier to get the necessary “umph” from the board to the headphones and he recommended a cable and amplifier like these two items.

Ordering through Amazon is a little easier for me through the school and I was hoping to get them the necessary items for their next stream so I ended up purchasing:

Everything arrived and the team hooked things up for their stream that night. For the first time that any of them could remember, the announcers and producers could hear what was going on.

For more tips on live streaming events, check out our guide.

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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