Boss Gigcaster mixers are designed for live music streaming


Now you have a new alternative to Rode mixing consoles, especially if you are new to music streaming. Boss has introduced the Gigcaster 5 and Gigcaster 8 USB mixers built with live streaming performances in mind. The touch screen and physical controls are designed to handle common broadcast tasks, like dimming a source or playing effects (like delays and voice morphing), using only hardware. They also support hands-free control via foot pedals and similar devices. Multiple inputs help you connect XLR microphones and instruments, and Bluetooth is available if you’re playing via phone or tablet.

You are not forced to go live. While Gigcasters were designed for services like Facebook Live, Twitch, and YouTube, you can also use them for podcasting, pre-recorded videos, and similar offline content. This is primarily intended to optimize setups that would otherwise require multiple boxes to achieve the same results.

The Gigcaster 5 is the ‘entry’ model with a direct guitar input, two XLR ports, stereo line input, eight virtual pads and a 16×12 USB interface. Move up to the Gigcaster 8 and you get the guitar input, as well as four XLR/TRS combo inputs, a built-in stereo microphone, eight physical effects pads, a 20×14 USB interface, and multitrack recording to microSD cards.

Both mixers ship to the US in May. The Gigcaster 5 costs $479, while the Gigcaster 8 is priced at $699. These aren’t casual purchases if you’re just starting out, and they don’t include a video capture card like Rode’s Streamer X. However, the Boss’s hardware offers much more advanced audio control than that device, and the outlay may be justified. if you add sparkle to your live broadcast concerts or DJ sets.


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