A very basic guide to Voicemeeter soundmixing

Note: This guide has been superseded by a newer one in 2020 to account for Hangouts on Air no longer working.

Alright, this is a very (very) basic beginner’s guide to soundmixing using Voicemeeter so that you can add sound effects (and indeed play game audio) through things like Google Hangouts and Skype. If you want to get properly into it you can read the full instruction manual here. We won’t be dealing with the whys and wherefores today, just the basic settings you want.

Ideally you’ll be at least of intermediate skill. You probably won’t be breaking your computer or anything, but you will be dealing with virtual drivers. We use Windows 10, make sure you’re familiar with the speaker settings bottom left hand corner, if you’ve been messing about and aren’t getting sound then clicking on the speaker icon and then selecting your usual speakers should do the trick, otherwise restarting the machine seems to do the trick normally. You can also uninstall but you shouldn’t need to if you can work your way around the settings.

You will need to download VB-Audio Voicemeeter, go ahead and install that. You will need to reboot afterwards.

Then you will need to download the VB-Virtual Audio Cable which is doantionware but you can use one for free if you want, and extra cables for a price. You’ll only need one. Extract all files from the ZIP and run Setup Program in Administrator Mode (Reboot after installation or de-installation). As it’s a driver you won’t find it in your programs or applications list. This is fine.

Hopefully you should be able to see something like this when you look at the Sound Control Panel – type ‘sound’ into the start menu, (click for larger):

You can see here I have two sets of speakers – Sennheisers and my monitor’s, the CABLE input (that’s the Virtual Audio Cable you’ve hopefully installed) and VoiceMeeter Input (that’s the mixing desk). You should click on VoiceMeeter Input and Set Default when you’re ready to start broadcasting, this is where your game audio comes from – this will usually default back to your speakers when you reboot. 

That’s the scary bit out of the way, it’s just settings from here on really.

Boot up your VoiceMeeter.

You can click for larger. Set up the following:

  • Column 1 – Hardware Input – In the (1) dropdown, select MME: (Your microphone, likely your headset’s). Click on the B button in the middle. This is your mic level. Turn A on if you need to hear your own voice through your headset.
  • Column 2 – Hardware Input –  In the (2) dropdown, select KS: VB Audio Point. Click on the A button in the middle. This is the conversation.
  • Column 3 – Virtual Input – Make sure A and B are selected. This is the background audio for your computer sounds and sound effects. Careful when setting the levels for this, it tends to be slightly quieter in your ear than what comes out at broadcast.
  • Column 4 – Hardware Out – The (A1) dropdown should be set to MME (Your headset speakers). You can ignore (A2).

You can experiment with the fader levels. You can save these settings for future use in the menu. Do a quick test if you like, if you play a game or a tune and the Virtual Input bars are going up and down then you’re there. If they’re not doing anything make sure you’ve set VoiceMeeter to Default in your Sound Control Panel.

We’re practically there, now we just need to set it up in Google Hangouts (or indeed Skype but the options are basically the same). Here are the settings you want (click for larger):

Do what you like for your webcam, but make sure your microphone is set to VoiceMeeter Output and your speakers are set to CABLE Input. If you’re using SKYPE you don’t need the automatic adjustments.

And that’s it! It looks more complex than it is and I don’t doubt it’s capable of doing all sorts of fabulous things if you deep delve. Do let us know how you get on.

3 thoughts on “A very basic guide to Voicemeeter soundmixing

  1. David B

    Thanks very much for this. A few things to note from my experience – (1) You really do need to reboot twice; tedious but it works; (2) If you have a 64-bit system, you need to run that setup file as it looks like the other one is deliberately disabled if you’ve got the wrong system; (3) To run as administrator right-click on the file and choose the obvious option; (4) For me, I had to manually go back to Speakers/Headset after closing the program to get back to where I was before.

    One question – does output A1 necessarily mean that if you reduce this fader, it will appear quieter in your headset but that also means people listening outside will also hear less volume?

    For instance, if – as happened with Game Night – the computer music sounds OK in your ear but too loud on output, how would you fix that? I’ve done it my physically changing the volume wheel on my headphones so that it’s ok to me and the audience, but there must be a neater way.

  2. Brig Bother Post author

    Just a warning that after a Windows update this suddenly stopped working for me – for whatever reason I stopped having the option of CABLE Input in the speakers.

    HOWEVER, uninstalling and reinstalling Voicemeeter and Virtual Cable, although a bit of a hassle, did seem to do the trick. So don’t panic, but if you’ve got something coming up it might be worthwhile having a check a little while before – if you can’t be bothered setting up a private Google Hangout, check the settings on Skype which are largely identical.


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