How to Setup VoiceMeeter?
Voicemeeter is a Virtual Audio Device Mixer able to manage any audio sources on Windows PC; Audio coming from Physical Input (e.g. Microphone) as well as audio coming from any application (including Audio Pro ASIO Applications). This offers possibilities to mix your voice with your music player, browser, webradio, video game, and with the sound coming from any audio DAW like Cubase, Ableton Live or Protools (possibly at the same time) for Skype-call or any VOIP / recording workflow.
By supporting All Audio Interfaces (MME, KS, WaveRT, Direct-X and ASIO interface) Voicemeeter becomes also an audio bridge between applications: for ASIO Applications willing to use Windows Audio Device Driver (like MME or WDM) as well as for Windows MME player willing to use ASIO device through Voicemeeter solution. Everything works in all ways.
Voicemeeter Banana is a mixer program for your windows computer. Using Voicemeeter will allow for greater control of your audio and much more creativity for your stream, videos, and general use.
When you download Voicemeeter Banana the screenshot above shown is the layout of Voicemeeter Banana when installed.
Voicemeeter Banana works by having 5 ins (A1, A2, A3, Hardware ins and B1, B2 Virtual Ins) and 5 outs (A1, A2, A3, Hardware outs, B1, B2 Virtual outs). Confusing I know.
If you want to read the actual manual for the Voicemeeter Banana which I highly recommend since I won’t be going through everything. It will also give an added understanding of the functions of everything and how it all runs.
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Voicemeeter Potato is the ultimate version of our Audio Mixer Application endowed with Virtual Audio Device to mix and manage any audio sources from or to any audio devices or applications.
Dedicated to Voicemeeter expert users, Voicemeeter Potato offers Internal FX (Reverb & Multitap Delay) and External AUX through Send / Return workflow.
How To Use Voicemeeter
I’ve recently got into streaming for friends, and I decided to write up a guide on how I’ve set up my audio system such that I can hear my friends talking to me on Discord, but they won’t be heard on stream (which would cause an awkward echoing for them).
You’re going to need two pieces of (free) software: VoiceMeeter and the Virtual Audio Cable, by the same company. We’ll also be using OBS as our streaming software, and Discord in this example, though it’ll work with Skype, XSplit, and any other streaming/chatting program that allows you to pick both input and output.
You can also use the more complicated version, VoiceMeeter Banana since they’re both donationware. Install both; you may have to restart your computer. Go into Playback Devices. Set “VoiceMeeter Input” as the default playback device.
Voicemeeter Banana Setup
First, let’s look at the output device area of Voicemeeter Banana. In order to hear audio from your PC, you’ll need to set up any hardware you have for the job. There are three outputs (A1, A2, and A3), with corresponding controls. The colored boxes in the image above show you which correlates with which.
You can have three separate pieces of hardware that Voicemeeter can send audio to. In my case, I have a set of desktop speakers, a pair of headphones and a gaming headset all connected to an output.
Click on the relevant output and you’ll be presented with a list of everything that’s connected to your PC that can handle audio. You’ll also notice that everything is there twice, prefaced by either WDM or MME (there are others but these are the two we care about right now). Select the audio device with WDM by it first, and if you have any issues try MME instead. But you always need to make sure you’re consistent.
That goes for audio input devices, too; input and output need to match. So WDM for WDM or MME for MME.
Each individual audio output can be controlled with the slider and adjacent controls in the bottom right of the Voicemeeter Banana window. The slider has a ton of range for getting the volume just right, but you can also mute each individually, add EQ settings, or go from stereo to mono if you wish.
Voicemeeter Banana Tutorial
These are the hardware inputs, generally where at least your microphone will be selected or virtual cable inputs (A1, A2, A3 ins).
These are the virtual inputs, so computer playback. (B1,B2 ins)
These are all the outputs, up top is the hardware out. This is the speakers, headphones, etc (A1, A2, A3 outs, physical). The B1 and B2 outputs are Voicemeeter VAIO and VoiceMeeter AUX VAIO which are the virtual inputs.
The cassette section is an inbuilt recorder which can be utilized to quickly hear how the levels and sounds.
Below are a level and eq section for all outs. In this section, you can change the volume to your headset and differ it to volume to the stream. I generally don’t mess with the modes and EQs because it’s complicated but if you are an audiophile, it’s quite extensive.
To start the setup it is necessary to download Voicemeeter Banana. For extra stuff that will be explored later, you will need VB virtual audio cable too. Both of these can be downloaded from https://www.vb-audio.com/
After installing it is necessary to restart your computer for the audio drivers.
When you restart, you will not have any audio straight away until Voicemeeter is launched and setup, I have mine on startup. Otherwise, you need to launch it every time you boot up your computer.
Next is to change your playback default devices in windows. Change the playback default to Voicemeeter Input ( VB-Audio Voicemeeter VAIO). This is also known as B1 input in Voicemeeter Banana.
Next up is to set up your microphone. In the hardware input section press one of the titles where it says hardware input. I chose hardware input 1 since most people do that. Choose your microphone.
streaming Software Setup
To start off you need to select a virtual output channel that will act as the input into your streaming software. I chose B1 (Voicemeeter VAIO output). To get your microphone and desktop audio to the B1 channel, select the ‘►B1’ button in both sections.