The GoXLR is a combination audio broadcasting setup; it is supposed to be for streamers moving into XLR audio territory, hence the main XLR audio port on it.
XLR is the analog connection that most professional microphones use, analog audio is typically better than USB audio built into the microphone.
As with many things with streaming equipment, when you try to shove a big interface or mixer into a small form-factor inside the microphone, you’ll get a worse result compared to a dedicated device with separate power.
The GoXLR is first and foremost a USB audio interface for an XLR microphone or a gaming headset.
The mixer also has a headset input for pink 3.5 millimeter Jack and green 3.5-millimeter headphone jack as well, so you can connect your gaming headset and XLR microphone.
GoXLR – Mixer, Sampler, & Voice FX for Streamers
A mixer will mix your different audio sources, including physical sources from your headset mic input, your line in input from a gaming PC, like in a two PC setup.
The GoXLR also has USB multitrack sources and the optical port for game consoles as well as digital audio sources for USB multitrack.
Most mixers you can buy affordably only support stereo mix over USB, which means whatever you get over USB is just the final stereo mix that you hear in your headphones.
However, more expensive audio equipment allows you to get each stereo pair as individual devices in Windows or Mac.
Mixer and Audio Interface
The GoXLR is an interface, it is a mixer, mixing all the sources you have, using motorized faders, so whenever you hit the mute button, the switch will shoot down automatically.
This mixer is a DSP processing box; it can apply audio processing to your audio signals, so on your microphone, you can set up compression and EQ, to bring a lot more sound out of your microphone.
GoXLR helps normalize your levels; it also has a noise gate to cut out background noise, which is especially crucial for streamers with condenser microphones.
The mixer also has special effects for processing, like Auto-Tune mode, you can also set up a bunch of different effects profiles.
It also has the sensor button, a press-and-hold mute button, along with the usual mute buttons.
The GoXLR also has a sampler, which will let you record samples or audio clips of your voice chat, microphone, or your game sound to little banks.
You have three different sampler banks for four audio clips, and you can replay them as much as you’d like.
The sampler allows for some pretty creative stuff to happen when you’re live streaming and allows you to have a lot of fun.
With the sampler, you can import clips from the internet, or you can record them and sample them by audio input.
Plenty of Inputs
The GoXLR is a lot of hardware in one, physically you have your microphone input, your 3.5-millimeter mic input, headphone output, which is only on the side and it’s only 3.5 millimeters.
We would have loved for it to be 1/4 inch with an adapter included, giving you the option to route it over to the side, or the front, because accessing the back of the mixer is relatively inconvenient for your headphones.
It does connect via USB, and you do need DC wall power, and it has a Kensington lock, so no one steals it.
The mixer is covered in RGB lighting, so you can customize the individual screens to say what your inputs are. You only have four physical faders to mix inputs with; however, you can mix them more in the software.
Custom Mixing Software
With the software, you can customize the little LED screens which are pretty much impossible to see at any angle unless it’s directly below you. However, you can customize RGB lighting for every section.
One problem we had is that there’s no headphone volume knob or slider or anything to customize your headphone volume, which seems like a massive oversight to us.
A workaround we found is to swap one of your faders for the headphone volume slide.
Because of no volume knob, you’re never are going to change the actual level of your microphone; it’s going to be at a hundred percent at all times assuming you have everything set up correctly.
The next complaint we have is that the way that all of the routings are done inside the mixer, you always hear a double of yourself because you get the instant loopback of your microphone into your headphones.
However, you also get a loopback of the final stream mix which you have zero control over so it always sounds like you’re getting like double echo reverb of yourself.
Also, some of the outputs can be very quiet, and you have virtually no control over it because it’s at 100% all the time.
The actual software output that you send to your stream is usually plenty loud enough, it’s usually fine no problems whatsoever, but the output to the lineout or your voice chat can end up being very quiet.
Another issue is with how profiles work when you’ve configured everything to your liking, next time you turn on your computer all your profile settings are deleted.
Every setting you change needs to be saved to a profile, but it doesn’t do any saving automatically, so you need to save new profiles and save them as default whenever you’re making changes or your changes will be lost.
The GoXLR mixer is a great value, it does replace a lot of hardware if you have twitch streaming related needs, this works best with single PC setups, but you can technically make it work with two PC setups with some sacrifices.
This mixer is currently the cheapest option you can get right now for USB multitrack audio mixing. Everything we’ve found is 450 to 500 dollars, so technically the GoXLR holds the crown as the cheapest USB mixer option, and that’s saying something.