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PlayIt Live and the Yamaha AG03 Mixer

For "simple" applications where the requirement is to add a live mic to the output produced by PlayIt Live there are relatively few products on the market which are well suited to the task.

Yamaha produced the AG-03 and AG-06 with the "Podcast", "YouTube" and "Live Streaming Gamer" market in mind.

Compared with larger music or radio mixers and audio interfaces it has a few unusual features. Sound On Sound did a good overview review when the products were launched:

Using the Yamaha AG-03 and PlayIt LIve it is possible to make a simple radio setup which works well.

The minimum system would be a microphone, laptop, headphones and the Yamaha AG-03.

Install the Yamaha drivers and separate "configuration" software for the AG-03 before doing anything else.


The Yamaha AG-03 has a USB sound card, and I've set the "TO PC" sound to "loopback" which means that the sound from the PC (PlayIt Live) is returned to the PC mixed in with the microphone.

Other applications would require different settings on the  "TO PC" switch but this is the seeing for this application.

The other key setting is to have "MONITOR MUTE" off (or you won't hear the microphone in the headphones when you speak).

Then set PlayIt Live to send the audio from the players to the AG03 (I wasn't using the ASIO driver but that would probably be first choice)


Then set the QuickCarts to the same output.


Finally, set the track audio editor to something else (so it won't come out on the "live" audio)


At this point you have a setup which will play the audio from PlayIt Live to the mixer, the level of the PC audio is controlled on the control with a picture of a PC and it is possible to mix in the microphone on the linear fader.

Personally I quite like the default microphone compression and EQ (bass roll off and some limiting) and I found that even with a phantom powered mic I needed the gain quite high.

"Line up" (such as it is for something without meters !) seems to be where the bolder lines are on both the mic and PC faders, leaving a bit in hand.

You could record the output of the mixer into Audacity (or similar) or use streaming software (either the plugin for PlayIt Live or different software) to take the mixer output.


The "metering" is two lights. The green LED lights when there is any significant audio (assuming the PC fader is at "line up", the red light will very occasionally come on with music or mic peaks (once again with the mic set to line up and peaking to what seems a reasonably sensible mix against the music level). 

All in all, this is a simple and capable mixer for one presenter and PlayIt Live.

The Yamaha AG-03 will power from the PC (don't use a hub) and works well.

I don't recommend my HP Mini for PlayIt Live. It's very under powered and will glitch if Windows gets distracted but it's what I have to hand !

Hi Mark we have a zoom l-8 which we have selected pc as audio i/f and are suppsed to select the l-8 as the input output device. However nothing is showing on our pc. Please accept our apologies for our lack of knowledge but thank you for your patience and kindness for helping us Norrie

Hello, my mic works fine (push talk) as I use a none usb mixer through a usb interface to my I want to take call-in from listeners and play other music from an external audio player and i have not figured it out as yet.

If you explain a little more about your setup it should be possible to help.

Although I wrote it a while ago, you might find this article useful.

I may well do a more generic "PlayIt Live and a mixer" article at some stage but that could help for the time being. 

Thank you, my broadcasting and streaming is working question is how to take calls from listeners and also how to stream music from my external audio player. 

To stream material from sources other than PlayIt Live, in the streaming plug in select your external sound card rather than PlayIt Live main mix and your mixer audio should stream (including another audio player).

It the simplest, you should send all the PlayIt Live audio to your USB interface and put the output of that on a mixer channel.

Without knowing the mixer you have I can't be specific but as a general principle, to take phone calls you need to send a "mix minus" from your mixer to the caller ( ).

This isn't a facility PlayIt Live has (or can have).

Thank you!!!

Hi. Great post. I started recording shows for an online station at home. Putting a show together in Audacity and editing is confusing I prefer presenting a show in real time as if I would when I do a show at my local station in there studios. I was using a usb mic and mixxx until very recently mixxx stated crashing. So iv sold the usb mic in place of an XLR microphone and the this Yamaha ag03 mixer with play it live. Iv used play it live before and it’s great Iv not done any live broadcast from home but I don’t know if it’s my desktop pc but Running Audacity to record in the background doesn’t work It will record the first 10minuites and then slows down and when I stop I get a message of loss of audio in parts of the recording. I have downloaded play it recorder and that works fine for 2hours. Or I have a laptop pc and I can hook that up to the mixer and play from the laptop with play it live and record in the desktop with audacity and seems to work. Both desktop and laptop have 8gb of ram and 1tb harddrive both are about 6 years old one is the Lenovo h30 desktop and the other is the Hp pro book laptop both running windows 10.

While I don't use the Yamaha for this, I run PlayIt Live and Audacity on the same machine and record 2 hour programmes with no problems.

What PlayIt Live does need to work well (and Windows 10 more generally) is a solid state drive.

Audacity records many small files and possibly there is a disk performance (or space) issue.

There is a new version 3 of Audacity which I understand from a brief read might be different in the way it does the project files.

I've also found Mixxx very stable in the past. I do wonder if you need to do a Windows 10 reset (back up all your stuff first) as the machines I use PlayIt Live on have very little else installed on them.

It is obviously a bit of a luxury but I prefer one computer, one purpose.


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Hi Mark I will say that play it live has no issues on my pc it was running really well it’s Just then when I go to recording onto audacity which is the latest addition i get the the issues but it’s with audacity and not play it live . Having said that the play it recorder works really well together I will think about resetting it. Originally it was a windows 8.1 machine that got a free upgrade to 10 and then from home to pro edition. I was also thinking about taking out the hard drive and replacing it with a solid state drive. I don’t know if the pc would be worth it?

It all comes down to how much storage you need.

A relatively small (say 250 GB) SSD of a decent make (WD Blue or Samsung EVO) wouldn't be that expensive and would hold Windows, PlayIt Live and a reasonable choice of music.

You could possibly retain the 1TB hard disk as a second internal or external disk.

If you really need 1TB then the SSD starts to be quite expensive.

I've put SSDs in various machines over the years and the only disappointment was with a small "no brand" SSD. Since then I've stuck to WD or Samsung and results have been excellent.

Windows 10 really wants to run on a solid state drive.

Hi Mark. Just to say I put an ssd in my computer. I went for 500gb and play it live and audacity are working absolutely brilliant. So thanks for your advice.

Thanks for the follow up Chris.

From my experience Windows 10 really likes a solid state drive.

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