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Do you have a pair of really bad or cheap headphones and you can’t hear your enemies in Games? today’s guide is about Voicemeeter Banana. An app which enhances your audio performance and allows the user for far more control of your headphones or any audio device. Since voicemeter is a complicated app, I’ll try my best to explain to you on how to setup voicemeter by using pictures where needed.
First of all, you will need to download two programs
Once you have downloaded both programs, right click on the .exe file and click run as administrator. After installing both programs, you must restart your computer to finalize the installation.
After you have installed both applications, right-click the speaker icon on the taskbar to open voice mixer and check if you have the following inputs:
INS AND OUTS:
Voicemeeter Banana has 5 outs (A1, A2, A3, Hardware outs, B1, B2 Virtual outs) and 5 ins (A1, A2, A3, Hardware ins and B1, B2 Virtual Ins), I know its confusing and if you want to know how everything in voicemeeter works you should head over to the actual manual by clicking on this link.
Finally, after all the initial setup, we can head over to the main program. Head over to the start menu and search for “Voicemeeter banana”
After opening the program it will look something like this:
I know it looks really confusing at first sight, but don’t worry you don’t have to touch any buttons or any knobs yet. And before you touch anything else, click on HARDWARE INPUT 1 and select KS VB-Audio Point
After you have done that, head over to the A1 section which is on the right and select your Headphones and try to use the WDM mode, if your desired device isn’t in the WDM section then you can use MME though MME has a little delay in audio.
After that, you can go to the Playback devices in the mixer again and select CABLE Input as
your Default device.
Now, everything you do in voicemeeter affects your actual audio playback too.
Compressor, Noise Gate, and Fader Gain:
Now ignore everything else in the application and focus on the HARDWARE INPUT 1 in the app.
- Let’s talk about compressor and what it does. Think of compressor as if you have full control of the volume knob, and when the sound gets really loud or low it controls itself accordingly. That’s what the compressor does. Making it perfect for games which require good headphones to deliver the lower frequencies better while voicemeeter helps you lot with that. And the higher the value of the compressor is, the more it increases the lower frequencies.
- Noise Gate knob helps you to get rid of the noise which is transmitted after the audio is turned off. The higher you set the value the faster the noise is faded away. I have it set to 0 because I have no noise issues after my audio is stopped transmitting. But if you have a problem where there’s noise after you turn off the audio, you should set it to a higher value.
- The Fader gain knob is self-explanatory. It’s the master volume. And the higher the value you set it to, the louder you will hear your audio.
If you have a delay in audio while you are gaming, follow these steps:
Click on the menu on the top-right corner, click on the System Settings/Options, then set the Buffering KS to 256, Buffering WDM to 256 and Virtual ASIO Type to Float32LSB, Preferred Main SampleRate to 44100 Hz, WDM Input Exclusive mode to Yes and Engine mode to Swift.
You are all set. Now you should be able to hear your opponents in gaming better than you did before.