Audio Monitoring allows you to use headphones to listen to the audio captured by the device running Switcher Studio. By default Audio Monitoring is disabled unless you plug in a headset. We recommend keeping Audio Monitoring disabled, and only enabling it briefly to check audio levels before your stream.
You cannot monitor audio by connecting regular headphones directly into your device's Audio Combo Jack. The Audio Monitoring feature requires one of the following:
- Bluetooth headphones
- An iRig Pre preamp
- A USB/Lightning audio interface with audio input and output support (not all interfaces include this capability)
Note: When using Audio Monitoring the live input may sound like an echo. This is normal, due to the built-in latency in Switcher Studio. Because of the latency, there is a delay between what you hear happening around you and the audio coming through your headset. There will not be an echo present in your livestream or recording.
- Enabling / Disabling Audio Monitoring
- Monitoring Audio with an iRig Pre
- Monitoring Audio With External Audio Inputs
Enabling / Disabling Audio Monitoring
Here's how to turn Audio Monitoring off and on:
- Open the Switcher Studio mobile app on your main switcher device.
- Tap the Audio Tab (sound wave icon).
- Tap the button next to Audio Monitoring to toggle it on or off. When it is enabled, the toggle bar is blue and the button is on the right. When it's disabled, the toggle bar is clear and the button is on the left.
Monitoring Audio with an iRig Pre
Audio Monitoring is possible when using an iRig Pre, as follows:
- Enable Audio Monitoring in the Audio tab as outlined above.
- Connect headphones to your iRig Pre through its headphone port.
Monitoring Audio With External Audio Inputs
Only some external mixers and interfaces have a passthrough to allow you to monitor audio directly from your external audio device. However, most devices do not have this capability.
Understanding whether your mixer/interface supports audio monitoring is crucial, especially if you are using Video Chat. If your external device does not support passthrough audio monitoring you'll need to connect to Video Chat from a second device to hear your guest. Please see the Video Chat help center article for more information.