- Download and install the latest M-Game software (with embedded audio driver) from m-game.com.
- Connect the power and USB cable to the M-Game Solo. Connect your console to your M-Game Solo using the optical input and press the power button.
Important: Ensure that your console or TV is set to send audio to its Optical output
- Connect your separate headphones and microphone, or combined headset, to the rear panel of the M-Game Solo.
- Open the M-Game software and select either the SET MIC from the HOME tab and follow the on-screen instructions or go to the SETUP tab and activate the HW METER button.
- Under Microphone, turn Phantom Power on or off depending on whether you’re using a condenser microphone (Phantom Power on) or a dynamic microphone (Phantom Power off).
Note: Headset microphones do not require phantom power.
- Speak into your mic at the loudest level you expect to speak in your stream and begin turning up the Gain knob on the rear panel of M-Game Solo. You'll notice that the Mic Fader LEDs on M-Game Solo will light up when you speak, showing the incoming signal. Continue speaking into the mic and turning up the Gain knob until you see the Mic Fader LEDs flash red 3 times. If you see the Mic Fader LEDs flash red 3 times, this means M-Game Solo's Mic Gain knob is set too high. Turn down the Mic Gain knob until you no longer see the LED flash red 3 times. You’ll want to get the Mic Fader LEDs as close to the top LED without the LEDs all flashing.
Gain knob set to high = flashing 3x
Gain knob set correctly = Close to the top LED at your highest speaking voice
Note: If you are using a low gain mic (like a SHURE SM7B or ElectroVoice RE20) you will need to use the M-Game software's BOOST function. You can find BOOST in the Setup Tab under Basic Microphone Settings. Simply speak into your mic at the loudest volume you expect to speak in your stream and turn up the Boost knob until the Mic fader’s meter in the M-Game Software shows the top LED lit red, and then slowly turn the Boost knob back down until the Mic fader’s meter in the software no longer shows red. You can change the BOOST level from Off to +24 dB.
Boost set to high = Top red LED lit in the software
Boost set correctly = Yellow LEDs lit at your loudest speaking voice
Note: Now that you’ve setup your mic you can turn off the HW Meter button in the M-Game Software to return the Mic fader to its default LED behavior
HW Meter Off
- Adjust the EQ, Compressor, Noise Gate, High Pass Filter (HPF), and De-esser settings to get the best sound from your mic.
Note: You can also use one of the Mic presets in the M-Game software to automatically configure your mic’s settings. These mic presets are found in File > Setup > Load Microphone Settings.
- In the SETUP tab's HARDWARE section select what source your Game audio is coming from. Because you have multiple set-ups, you will need to select Console (Optical) for Game Audio Source.
- Open your game, chat, M-Game software, streaming software, and any other programs you will be running in your stream and ensure that their audio is playing.
- Press the Windows key and then type Sound Settings into the search bar. Alternatively, right-click the speaker icon in the taskbar and select Open Sound Settings.
On Windows 10, in Sound Settings, under Sound Output select System, this will ensure any audio that you're not routing specifically to the M-Game Solo's Game, Chat or Sampler fader will default to be controlled by the System fader. Under Input select Stream, this will set your broadcast/stream mix as your default output source.
In Sound Settings under Advanced Sound Options, select App Volume and Device Preferences. In this window you will see every audio source running and where that audio is being sent to and from (its Routing).
This allows you to send audio from different programs to the M-Game.
On Windows 11, in Sound Settings under Sound Output select System, this will ensure any audio that you're not routing specifically to the M-Game Solo's Game, Chat or Sampler fader will default to be controlled by the System fader. Under Input select Stream, this will set your broadcast/stream mix as your default output source.
In Sound Settings select Volume mixer. In this window you will see every audio source running. You will also be able to select where that audio is being sent to and from (its Routing) by pressing the down arrow next to the app's volume slider.
This allows you to send audio from different programs to the M-Game.
- App Volume and Device Preferences (Windows 10), and Sound and Volume mixer (Windows 11), next to the chat application that you are running, select the Output dropdown and select Chat (M-Audio M-Game Solo), and then select the Input dropdown and select Chat (M-Audio M-Game Solo). Once this has been selected, your game's audio level will be controlled by the Game fader on your M-Game, and your mic (or whatever you have set to send to the Chat output in the M-Game routing tab) will be sent to your chat.
- Select these additional routing options from the Output dropdown in the App Volume and Device Preferences:
- Chat app (Discord, etc.): Select CHAT (M-Audio M-Game Solo) to route Chat’s audio to the Chat fader. Important: If you're using a Chat application like Discord, set the Audio Input to Chat and Output to Chat. This will ensure that your Chat audio is sent to the M-Game Solo's Chat fader and that your Mic is only sent to the Chat.
Important: If you're using a Chat application like Discord, set the Audio Input to CHAT L/R and Output to CHAT L/R.This will ensure that your Chat audio is sent to the M-Game Solo's Chat fader, and only your Mic audio sent to the Chat. This can be done in Discord by going to the bottom left cog icon (User Settings) next to your User Name and under APP SETTINGS selecting Voice and Video. In the Voice and Video window you will see Input Device and Output Device settings at the top under Voice Settings
- Music: Select SYSTEM (M-Audio M-Game Solo) to route music program audio to the System/Aux fader.
Note: You can route additional computer audio sources to the SYSTEM channel if you would like to control additional streams of software audio.
- Open your streaming/broadcast software, such as OBS used in the example below.
Setup with OBS
- In the File > Settings menu, select the Audio tab.
- Under Global Audio Devices set Desktop Audio to Disabled, set Desktop Audio 2 to Disabled.
- Set Mic/Auxiliary Audio to STREAM L/R (M-Audio M-Game Solo Stream). Make sure that Mic/Auxiliary 2, 3, and 4 are all set to Disabled.
- In Advanced, set Monitoring Device to Default. Click Apply and OK.
- Check OBS or other software you're using to record to make sure that your individual signals (Mic, Game, Chat, Sampler, and System) signals aren't clipping (going into the red) and are balanced. An easy way to check this is by pressing all of the Mute buttons on the M-Game hardware and turning up the fader levels one at a time, first checking the mic level, as that's what you want your viewers to hear loudest, then proceed with the other M-Game faders.
Note: The optimal level in OBS is in the yellow area (between -15 dB and -10 dB).
- Start your stream and have fun!