As AVerMedia continues to offer the best devices for content creators, one of their products will surely win their hearts. This is the Live Streamer Nexus, and you’ll learn all about it here in our AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus review.
The Live Streamer Nexus is a touchscreen control centre and audio mixer for content creators on YouTube or Twitch. AVerMedia created it to replace popular tools such as GoXLR from TC Helicon and the Stream Deck from Elgato Gaming. And considering the Live Streamer Nexus’ price point, the company has now become a competitor in this category.
If this product has piqued your interest or you simply need it for your content creation, we’ve got you covered. Continue reading our AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus review to get everything you need to know about this audio mixer.
AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus Packaging
We’ll begin the AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus review by taking a look at how the Live Streamer Nexus was presented. We’ll also take a look at what AVerMedia included inside the package.
It came in a sturdy-looking cardboard box that sports a black and orange theme. In front, you’ll find an image of the audio mixer and its name just above it.
AVerMedia and its logo are placed on the upper-left corner of the box, while AX310 is on the opposite corner. Beneath its name, you’ll find texts stating what the product is all about. Under the image, you’ll see a few key features of the audio mixer.
Flipping the box, you’ll find more details about the Live Streamer Nexus, such as its parts and functions. The company even included two images of the audio mixer, showing its different angles for you to see. Plus, the different features of the product are listed and written in different languages.
Inside the box, you’ll find the Live Streamer Nexus carefully and securely packed, and it comes with other inclusions inside. Other than the audio mixer, you’ll see a magnetic kick-stand, a power adapter, and a quick start guide.
You’ll also find a USB 2.0 Type-B to A cable and a 5mm TRS audio cable. And of course, AVerMedia included a 5mm to 6.3mm adapter to get you started immediately.
AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus Review – Design and Functionality
Before we get to the features and specifications, our AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus review will discuss its designs and functionality.
Generally, this audio mixer isn’t small and it takes up a good amount of space on your desk. But to be honest, we were quite surprised with its size. We expected something bigger because of its audio-mixing suite and interactive touch screen to control and manage your streams.
The Live Streamer Nexus is categorised into three primary sections. These are the audio knobs, customisable hotkey buttons, and the IPS panel. The latter functions similarly to that of Elgato’s Stream Deck.
We love it for its overall look and design, especially the abundance of RGBs on the audio mixer itself.
The volume levels of its knobs show how silent/loud a specific setting is. Its screen is adequately bright and adjustable, while the hotkeys’ physical buttons light up based on their assigned icons. If you’re creating content in a dimly lit room, it’s good to know that the knobs’ labels don’t light up.
Along the edge of the Live Streamer Nexus, you’ll notice an RGB strip that is adjustable via the Nexus program. It adds a nice touch to the product’s overall aesthetics while also acting as an indicator when recording/streaming.
This audio mixer looks great, and the first time we tried it for streaming just put a smile on our faces. It was all because of how the RGBs shifted from a kaleidoscope to a pulsing colour. The entire light display was an indicator that we were already live.
You can also adjust the knobs’ colours using the application, though there aren’t many RGB colour options available. It may be a bit of a disappointment to some, but we were satisfied with it.
The knobs are nicely made, and they’re smooth when you turn them. These have a good and premium feel to them. Plus, the knobs give off a satisfying click when you turn the volume down or up on the audio mixer.
You can immediately mute a function simply by pressing the knob. Don’t worry since unmuting it will still have the previous audio levels you left it in.
When it comes to the rear I/O, it offers options for the line-in audio, XLR mic, and a lot more. However, take note that this audio mixer only supports one XLR. And unlike its competitor, you won’t find a separate 3.5mm mic connection input.
Instead, you’ll have to utilise the line-in port.
For the XLR input, it gives you options for the Dynamic, Condenser, as well as USB mics. It also provides numerous mixer effects to customise your audio based on your preferences.
If you’re in a noisy area, you can enable the noise gate. It’s tailored to how aggressive you need the audio mixer to be.
For those who don’t want the Dynamic XLR mic just millimetres away from the mouth, there’s a fix to that. You can utilise the Compressor feature which has a nice touch.
Functions of the AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus
The Live Streamer Nexus isn’t just a source for audio, but it can also control and manage your streaming software. These include Streamlabs OBS, OBS, or AVerMedia’s RECentral by utilising the audio mixer’s screen.
If you’ve already used the Stream Deck, they have the same concept. A grid of slots is present which can be used for a variety of functions. These include opening programs, mapping hotkeys, transitioning scenes or controlling your PC’s media player.
It’s also possible to run digital soundboard sound drops that are radio-like.
The Live Streamer Nexus’ Screen
The audio mixer’s screen is what sets it apart from its competitors. With it, you’re allowed to host a stream chat on the product itself. This whole process will save you from utilising a second screen to watch what viewers are saying.
Additionally, you can easily spot the active viewers on YouTube or Twitch and current subscriber counts. We liked that you can link your Spotify account to the Nexus app to control it via on-screen buttons too.
You can tweak and customise the exact sounds you prefer using reverb, echo, and a full equaliser that’s available. When plugging your headphones into the audio mixer, you’ll get immediate feedback too. Doing so will let you monitor and observe the mix right from the Live Streamer Nexus itself.
We appreciate this since the virtual mixers we’ve used had a frustrating delay. These caused us to switch the monitor off altogether. With the Live Streamer Nexus, it’s adequately melded into the mix which lets us tweak in real-time without any problems.
This time, let’s look into the different key features of the audio mixer in our AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus review.
Key Features of the AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus
Gain Full Control with the AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus
The AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus is a six-track audio mixer with a fully customisable control panel. With that, you can fully control the live creation process and master your content.
Access Your Most Important Tracks with Ease
When creating content, your voice, music, alerts, and game sounds are essential. The Live Streamer Nexus lets you easily control and monitor all six tracks in real-time.
Dual Independent Audio Mixes
Dual independent audio mixes allow you to separate your audio levels from your audience. It lets you and your stream have different audio, so both parties can focus on what’s important.
Nexus Widgets is a feature that displays your subscriber, follower, or viewer count in real-time live chat.
Switch the AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus on and off
AVerMedia added a dedicated on and off switch on the Live Streamer Nexus. So when you’re done creating, there’s no need to look for the USB port at the back of your computer. Just switch it on when you’re ready to use it, then switch it off when you’re finished.
Nexus Software Application
The Nexus app is a utility software specially designed for content creators. It allows you to drag and drop widgets, tune your mic, add hotkeys, and more. Also, the app integrates widely used streaming software and platforms.
This time, we’re going to discuss the specifications of the product in our AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus review.
The Live Streamer Nexus’s interface is a USB 2.0 Type-B, though you’ll need a driver for it. It uses a balanced XLR / 6.3mm (single-end) for the mic-in, while its line-in is a 3.5mm TRS stereo. Its console-in is an optical-in (Toslink), and its computer inputs are three digital tracks.
The audio mixer uses a 3.5mm TRS stereo for headphone-out, while its line-out is a 3.5mm TRS stereo.
Live Streamer Nexus’ sampling rate is up to 96kHz | 24-bits, and the frequency response is at 10Hz to 20kHz. When it comes to its dynamic range, it’s at 114dB.
This audio mixer has a 5″ screen panel with a CTP touch panel. There are customisable and interactive grids for the widgets, six rotational encoders, RGB lights, and four function buttons.
It has a standard 12V DC centre-negative 1.5A power input and power consumption of less than 7W.
Dimensions and Weight
The Live Streamer Nexus measures 21.7 x 14.5 x 61cm and weighs 0.702kg without the stand. With it, it’s 21.7 x 14.5 x 9.4cm and weighs 0.847kg.
System Requirementsof the AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus
The Live Streamer Nexus works adequately with Windows 10 64-bit and macOS 10.15 or higher.
This time, let’s get hands-on with the audio mixer here in our AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus review.
Hands-on with the AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus
The primary use of the Live Streamer Nexus is obviously for live streaming, and it worked excellently for it. Linking either one computer or even a dual configuration was easier because of the mixer. It allowed us to feed our console/PC’s audio directly into the mix sent to the streaming PC.
When we routed the audio, this audio mixer offered us numerous digital outputs. These can be independently mixed, and that also goes for the three physical outputs found in the I/O.
Routing sounds from our PC to the mixer was as easy as plugging into the line-in port.
On the screen, we were able to map launching websites, programs, and a lot more. The process made it easier for us to get into The Lord of the Rings Online and the like. We only needed to tap a button instead of having to go through the launcher or Steam.
We tried making things more personalised, so we customised the screen’s background with the available colours. Since these were limited, we opted for our favourite image saved on our computer instead.
The application itself came with a ton of customisation options, yet we did notice a couple of blind spots.
The controls for Spotify were available, but these were different ‘when we utilised another music streaming platform. To put it simply, we didn’t have the same level of functions. Though we’re hoping that eventually, more functions will be added to the application for more control over our entire setup.
When we did a single PC setup, its mixing channels were good. We attempted to route Discord through the chat input while games were routed through the game input. The setup made it easier to mix what we heard from the headset and what was delivered to the stream.
Everything was good, and we were happy when we streamed since we could easily read and see the on-screen chats. We were somewhat worried that it would appear too pixelated or small, but thankfully we were proven wrong.
AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus Review Summary
The AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus is more than just a fancy screen to add to your streaming setup. It’s a great audio mixer that brings one’s streaming experience to a whole new level.
We love how it provides full control over our PC’s audio. It allowed us to turn down chat conversations when needed and turn up game audio with ease. We also thought that setting up the Live Streamer Nexus would be daunting, but AVerMedia made things easy.
Overall, we’re satisfied with the Live Streamer Nexus, and we’re highly recommending it. This mixer provides excellent functions and control while being cheaper than other similar products on the market. It’s a great deal, so it’s a perfect addition to your streaming setup.
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