Voicemeeter Banana – Audio Management for 1 and 2 PC Streaming Setups
With the Software Voicemeeter Banana by the guys from VB-Audio Software you can manage several Audio In and Outputs to give you the options to decide which sound should go onto your stream or recording and which goes to your speakers, headset or capture card for example. It is very easy to use once you know how it works, so let’s get started.
The interface might look scary at first, but it is actually very simple. As you can see I have marked 4 general sections:
- Yellow: 3 Hardware Inputs (Recording devices in Windows), for example 3 Microphones can be managed with options like compression, noise gate or position
- Blue: 2 Virtual Inputs (Playback devices in Windows), these will receive our Desktop, Browser, Software, Game Sound
- Green: 3 Hardware Outputs (Playback devices in Windows), here we can select our Headset, Speakers, HDMI Audio, Capture Card and so on
- Red: 2 Virtual Outputs (Recording devices in Windows), these can be used to mix the different Inputs together and use the mix as your microphone input in a software
First, for Voicemeeter to work you have to select a Hardware Output in the green section. Use the A1 button and select your Headset or Speakers for example. Manage A2 and A3 if you want to use them of course. In the yellow and blue input sections have (A1, A2, A3, B1 and B2) to send the input of each device to the corresponding output device.
In Windows, after installing Voicemeeter, you will have 2 new Playback and 2 new Recording devices. Voicemeeter Input (VAIO) and Aux Input (AUX VAIO). Setting “Voicemeeter Input” as our default playback device in Windows allows us to receive all general desktop sound and get it into voicemeeter. The “Voicemeeter Aux Input” can be selected in Discord, Skype, Teamspeak, Media Player Classic or whatever software you want to manage. Any software that allows us to select the Aux Input as its audio output can be separated of the desktop sound.
Currently no Browser has the option to select an audio output device, so these will always go to our Voicemeeter Input. Sadly also only a few games have the option so these cannot be separated either.
The configuration in short:
- In Voicemeeter:
- Select your Hardware Outputs (Headset, Speakers, Capture Card)
- Select your Inputs (if you want to send Microphone sound somewhere for example)
- In Windows:
- Set the Voicemeeter Input device as your default device in the Playback section of the Windows audio settings
- In Discord, Skype, Teamspeak, Foobar, MPC, VLC, WMP
- Set the Voicemeeter AUX Input as your output device in the settings of each program.
- In your recording software (Single PC)
- Set the Voicemeeter Input as your desktop audio device to record desktop and game audio
- In your recording software (2-PC setup)
- Make sure your Capture Card is connected through HDMI
- Select the HDMI Audio device of your Graphics Card in the Hardware Out section (green)
- In the blue and yellow sections activate the buttons for the corresponding Hardware Out (A1, A2 or A3) to send the sound through your HDMI Audio device to your Capture Card
You can also use Voicemeeter to mix 3 Microphones together into one recording device, for a Skype conference with 3 Headsets connected and all 3 people also hearing the Skype output. There are just too many options available to fit into one single guide. So be sure to try it yourself.