Jason Lengstorf

Software, Gear, and Other Things Jason Lengstorf Uses

I get a lot of questions about what gear, software, and other stuff I use. To make it easier to share, I've collected a list here.

Gear

MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)

  • computer

This is my coding computer. Additional specs for the nerds: - Processor: 2.4 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9 - Memory: 32 GB 2400 MHz DDR4 - Graphics: Radeon Pro 560X 4 GB, Intel UHD Graphics 630 1536 MB

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Gamer Master 9000 PC

  • computer
  • streaming

I use this PC for streaming to Twitch and for gaming (well, when I say "gaming" I mean "Fortnite"). I bought a prebuilt because I don't know a ton about building custom computers, so I asked Chris Biscardi what I should do and he told me to get this one.

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Drop Alt Mechanical Keyboard

  • keyboard

Cassidy Williams designed a custom Drop Alt keycap set for Netlify. It has Halo Clear tactile switches.

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Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac

  • keyboard

Das Keyboard sponsors me, and I use this keyboard with my streaming/gaming PC. I love the physical volume knob!

Elgato Game Capture HD60 S

  • streaming

This lets me use my MacBook screen as a camera input to the streaming PC. It's how I share my screen. You'll need a USB-C to HDMI cable to connect the MacBook Pro to the Elgato and an HDMI cable to hook the Elgato to the streaming PC.

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Sony a5100 dSLR Camera

  • streaming
  • video

Turning a dSLR into a webcam makes video look a lot more professional. However, this is a deep rabbit hole, so only go down this road if you're ready for a new hobby.

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Arkscan MCM5 Boom Arm

  • streaming
  • video

This boom clamps to the desk and has enough strength to not move around with a dSLR on it. Other boom arms droop or wiggle, but this one is solid.

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Blackmagic Web Presenter

  • streaming
  • video

This is an inline piece of gear to turn the camera into a web cam. Many dSLR cameras don't need this anymore, so check before buying one! You'll need a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable to connect the camera to the Web Presenter. It comes with the cable you'll need to connect it to your PC.

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Shure SM7B

  • streaming
  • audio

This is a fantastic mic, but it requires a lot of extra effort to get it sounding great. If you're not looking to go deep on audio, I'd recommend the Shure MV7 instead. You'll need two XLR cables: one to connect this to the Cloudlifter, and one to connect the Cloudlifter to the dbx 286s.

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ProBoom Mic Arm

  • streaming
  • audio

This boom is pretty heavy-duty, but it has great reach and holds the mic steady. It doesn't come with a mount base, though, so make sure you grab a C-clamp mount as well.

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Cloudlifter

  • streaming
  • audio

This sits between the SM7B and the rest of the audio setup to boost the signal. (I told you audio is a rabbit hole.)

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dbx 286s Preamp

  • streaming
  • audio

Yep. We've reached "rack-mounted gear" in this audio adventure. The preamp gives us control over background noise, gain, compression, and other things that make audio sound junky.

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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

  • streaming
  • audio

Running the audio into the computer requires this interface. You'll need a male-to-male TRS cable to run signal from the dbx 286s to the 2i2. The 2i2 comes with a cable to connect it to the computer.

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Fotodiox FlapJack LED, 18" round

  • streaming
  • lighting

I use two of these: one just off to my left that's brighter (set at 37% brightness) and one at about 2 o'clock to my right for fill lighting (turned to 17% brightness). I crank these up as high as they can go toward daylight color. You'll need light stands for these.

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Fotodiox FlapJack LED, 5"x8"

  • streaming
  • lighting

I set this light behind me to my left at 100% brightness behind a light-diffusing umbrella as a "hair" light. This sets me off of the background. You'll also need an umbrella adapter and a light stand.

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Furman PL-PLUS DMC

  • miscellaneous
  • audio

You don't need a power conditioner, but it helps protect your gear from power surges and eliminates hum from your mic.

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ULBRE USB Switcher

  • miscellaneous

I like to use my camera and mic on work calls, too, so a hardware switcher lets me push a button to change which computer my mic and camera are hooked up to.

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VersiFold Room Divider

  • miscellaneous
  • audio

My office is mostly hard surfaces, so this room divider helps cut down on audio reflection and reverb.

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Bose QC 35II Headphones

  • miscellaneous
  • audio

I love the noise cancellation on these headphones and I can wear them for a while before they bother my ears.

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LG UltraFine 4K display

  • workspace

I don't have any strong preferences for different types of monitors. I don't remember why I bough this one, but I'd bet it was because I could add it to cart as I was checking out with a MacBook Pro.

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Herman Miller Embody chair

  • workspace

I've bought this same chair twice now because it's the only one I've found that doesn't cause me any discomfort. It's a solid investment if you spend as much time as a desk as I do.

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Jarvis adjustable-height desk

  • workspace

I try to stand at least a little bit each day while I'm working, and this desk has been great for that. I like the slightly curved desktop.

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Topo Anti-Fatigue Mat

  • workspace

Standing on this lets me fidget a bit and keeps my feet from getting tired.

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Jarvis Monitor Arm

  • workspace

I keep my PC monitor mounted on this one.

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Jarvis Dual Monitor Arm

  • workspace

I have the laptop tray and a monitor mount on these. Love the cable management and keeping desk space clear.

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Jarvis Desk Shelf

  • workspace

This gives me a bit more space to avoid total chaos on top of my desk.

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Colbe Bamboo Shelving

  • workspace

I have two of these shelving units (one 3-shelf, one 5-shelf) and I know it's kinda matchy-matchy with my desk but also I don't care because they're great.

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Software

Visual Studio Code

  • coding

Where I write my code.

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Operator Mono

  • coding

I paid for this font because it's a great font.

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Night Owl

  • coding

Sarah Drasner makes the best themes.

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Starship

  • coding

Customizing the shell prompt is one of those things I didn't realize I needed until I did it. You can see my setup on GitHub if you want.

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Superhuman

  • productivity

Superhuman does some gross tracking stuff, so make sure you turn that off. Outside of that, though, it's extremely fast and pleasant to use. I love the keyboard shortcuts and snooze features.

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OBS

  • streaming

OSS software that lets you stream with custom scenes. This is how I set up the overlays, transitions, and all the other production bits of Learn With Jason.

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iTerm2

  • coding

I started using this a long time ago for tabbed shells and a few other nice things, and I've never revisited my decision.

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Figma

  • design

Whenever I need to design something, whether it's a real project like one of my websites or a horrible meme that will haunt your dreams, I commit design crimes in Figma.

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Zoom

  • streaming

In addition to using Zoom for basically all professional existence these days, I also use Zoom to bring guests into Learn With Jason.

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Microsoft Edge

  • miscellaneous

I kept running into issues where Chrome would spin my fans up full blast and Firefox and Safari would do weird stuff and so I tried Microsoft Edge out of desperation one day and it's... great, actually?

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SauceCodePro NF

  • coding

Starship uses icon fonts, so I set SauceCodePro NF as my non-ASCII font in iTerm2 to display the custom stuff in the prompt (like logos).

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