In this article, we’re sharing the best GoXLR mic settings for live streaming that will ensure your voice sounds clear and intelligible over game noise, music, and other sounds featured in your stream.

Quick Answer: The best GoXLR mic settings for a live stream won’t make your voice sound its best, but they will help it stand out over game noise. Create space in the mix and add clarity with EQ, limit background noise with a noise gate, even out dynamic range with moderate compression, and reduce grating S sounds with the de-esser.

GoXLR Recommended Microphone

We love using the Electro-Voice RE20 dynamic microphone with the GoXLR. It has all the benefits of a dynamic microphone:

  • Rugged
  • Good inherent noise rejection

The RE20 is comparable to the Shure SM7B, but it has a bit more clarity. For all of these reasons, the RE20 is our favorite microphone to use with the GoXLR. 

Best GoXLR Mic Settings Explained

As we walk you through our recommended GoXLR mic settings, we’ll explain what each feature does and why we recommend the settings we do.

That way, you’ll have the knowledge to fine-tune your GoXLR mic settings to suit your voice and the other sound sources on your stream.

Best GoXLR Mic Gain Setting

Correct gain is the foundation for getting all of the other settings dialed in, so it makes sense to start here. The aim is to have the green bar of the mic meter consistently in the middle of the “good” section when you’re talking comfortably.

You must use an XLR cable in order to use the good XLR preamp in the GoXLR.

For our RE20, a gain setting of 53 dB works well for us. Using the GoXLR with the SM7B, a gain setting of 60-62 dB is not uncommon. Find the setting that works best for your voice-mic combination.

Best GoXLR Noise Gate Settings

GoXLR Gate Settings

Think of the noise gate as a tool that automatically mutes your microphone when you’re not speaking into it. It can be great for cutting down background noise in a less than ideal recording environment when you’re not talking.

The downside of a noise gate is that you can hear when it clicks in and out, especially if the settings are too aggressive. This can make it more distracting than the background noise! So if you’re recording a talking-head video or voice-over, try not to use a noise gate.

That said, music, game noise, or other audio in your stream can mask this clicking, making a noise gate very useful. Let’s take a look at each of the GoXLR’s noise gate settings:

  • Threshold: -55 dB to -50 dB
    The volume at which you break the noise gate and open up the microphone. If you set this too high, your voice will sound very clipped and choppy. Our recommended setting means the noise gate will open up easily as soon as you start to talk.
  • Attenuation: 50%
    Attenuation controls the extent to which your mic gets muted when the noise gate is in. A setting of 50% means the mic volume is halved instead of muted, leading to more natural-sounding transitions as the gate opens and closes.
  • Attack: 10 ms
    We recommend leaving the attack at the default setting of 10 ms. This is the time it takes for the noise gate to go from closed to open.
  • Release: 200 ms
    We recommend leaving the release at the default setting of 200 ms. This is the time it takes for the noise gate to go from open to closed.

Best GoXLR EQ Settings

GoXLR EQ Settings

For a talking-head video with no other audio, we recommend using a flat EQ profile most of the time. This gives an accurate representation of your voice and allows the tone of your chosen microphone to shine through.

That said, we have different EQ goals for live streaming. We’re not setting out to make your voice sound as full as possible; we want to make your voice clear and intelligible while creating space in the mix for other audio to exist.

Enable fine-tune

Expand the EQ control panel and enable the fine-tune option. This way, you can target the frequencies you’re adjusting more precisely.

High pass filter

  • 30 Hz: -9
  • 75 Hz: -3
  • 100 Hz: 0

Building a high pass filter gets your microphone and voice out of the subwoofer. This range of frequencies does nothing to aid the clarity of your voice and is the domain of game noise and kick drums.

Low-mid cut

  • 250 Hz: 0
  • 0.5 kHz: -2
  • 0.7 kHz: 0

A low-mid cut at 400 Hz opens up the microphone, creating space for other instruments and audio. There is no real intelligibility in your voice in this range, so it’s a very popular EQ adjustment. The GoXLR doesn’t allow direct targeting of 400 Hz, but we can get close.

Mid-high boost

  • 1.5 kHz: 2
  • 2.7 kHz: 2
  • 4 kHz: 0

The key intelligibility of most voices lies in the 1.5 kHz – 3 kHz range, so an increase here helps with vocal clarity over competing game noise.

High cut

  • 13.5 kHz: -3

Most vocal mics don’t have much to offer at 13.5 kHz, so a cut here makes some space in the mix for special effects in games, and music.

Best GoXLR Compressor Settings

GoXLR Compressor Settings

The compressor’s goal is to narrow the dynamic range of your vocal audio. A really crude way of thinking about it is as an auto mixer for your microphone. It makes your quietest moments a little bit louder and compresses your loudest moments, so you don’t peak or distort.

The downside to compression is that too much can remove all emotion and dynamic variation from your voice, leaving you sounding blocky and digital. Our recommended compressor settings will help you strike the right balance.

  • Threshold: -15 dB
    The Threshold is the volume at which the compressor kicks in. Our recommended setting means the compressor will start working when you exceed -15 dB.
  • Ratio: 3.2:1
    The ratio determines how aggressively your audio is compressed when it goes over the threshold. Anything much higher than 3.2:1 can remove dynamic emotion.
  • Attack: 2 ms
    We recommend leaving the attack at the default setting of 2 ms. This is the time it takes for the signal to be fully compressed after exceeding the threshold.
  • Release: 100 ms
    We recommend leaving the release at the default setting of 100 ms. This is the time it takes for the signal to go from being compressed back to its normal level.
  • Make-up gain: 5 dB
    This pushes the signal up into the compressor, keeping the volume of your voice in a tighter window.

Best GoXLR De-Esser Settings

GoXLR DeEsser Settings

The de-esser is an awesome tool that rounds off the frequencies that make mouth noises and S sounds really grating to listen to. Using the de-esser makes it a lot easier for people to listen to you for prolonged periods.

We think that a de-esser setting of 50% sounds pretty good.

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Best GoXLR Mic Settings Topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:47 – Pricing & Specs
  • 1:05 – Recommended Microphone
  • 1:49 – Gain Setting
  • 2:30 – Noise Gate Setting
  • 5:50 – EQ Setting
  • 11:38 – Compressor Setting
  • 13:55 – DeEsser
  • 14:30 – Summary Of Settings
  • 17:02 – Final Thoughts