Configuring VoiceMeeter Banana
First let’s make sure that VoiceMeeter starts up on Windows startup. Click on the “Menu” button at the top right hand corner and select “System Tray (Run at Startup)”. This will open up VoiceMeeter on startup every time you restart or turn your computer on. If you don’t have VoiceMeeter up at startup it will cause problems.
Open VoiceMeeter Banana and you should see something like what is above. Rename “HARDWARE INPUT 1” by right clicking on it. Change it to “Microphone”.
Let’s rename the rest of the headers. Rename “VIRTUAL INPUTS” with the sub-header “VoiceMeeter VAIO” to “VoiceMeeter”. Rename “VIRTUAL INPUTS” with the sub-header “VoiceMeeter AUX” to “Discord”.
In the “Discord” column next to the volume bar you will see multiple buttons such as “A1”, “A2”, “A3”, “B1”, “B2”. Make sure that all the buttons are disabled except for “A1”. Mine is diﬀerent due to my personal setup. In the “Microphone” column do the same as before and disable everything except for “B1”. In “HARDWARE INPUT 2” and “HARDWARE INPUT 3” make sure everything is disabled from “A1” to “B2”.
Let’s go over what this does. “A1” and the rest of the “A’s” in the “Discord” column is for audio that will be routed to “A1”, “A2”, and “A3” corresponding to the output in “HARDWARE OUT” on the top right of the VoiceMeeter software. Each one of the “A’s” in the top right corner is for physical hardware such as a headset or speakers. Since there are three “A’s” you can hook up three diﬀerent physical devices. In our case we are routing Discord’s audio through VB-Audio VoiceMeeter AUX VAIO to VoiceMeeter and then to “A1” which is our ﬁrst physical device “Main”, or whatever name you gave your device back in “Renaming and Organizing all Playback and Recording Devices”.
“B1” is for microphones. It routes your mic through VoiceMeeter and then out through either your default mic or through “VoiceMeeter Mic”. It’s good to route your mic through VoiceMeeter so you can ﬁddle with settings like “Gate” or changing your voice to sound diﬀerent. Also, it separates your mic from all the other audio sources such as your Desktop and Discord.
Now below each column name there will be an option to “Select Input Device”. Under “Microphone” which you named earlier select “Select Input Device” and a dropdown should appear. Select the “WDM: Microphone” option in the dropdown.
Under “A1” at the top right hand corner select “WDM: Main” for your hardware out. If you are using a USB headphone/headset select “MME: Main”. Under the column “VoiceMeeter” with the sub-header “VoiceMeeter VAIO” make sure everything is disabled except for “A1”. Under “Discord” with the sub-header “VoiceMeeter AUX” disable everything except “A1”.
That should pretty be much everything for conﬁguring VoiceMeeter.
Go to youtube and play a video. Make sure you can hear the audio. Go to your “Playback” tab in the “Sound” window and check to see if you can see the bar lighting up green on the left side of the “VoiceMeeter” device.
In VoiceMeeter make sure you can see the bar going up and down under “VoiceMeeter” with the sub-header “VoiceMeeter VAIO” column next to the box with the red dot in the middle. If you can hear your youtube video and see the two columns light up in “Playback” and under “VoiceMeeter” you are good to go.
Once everything is done you will realize that you can’t use Windows’ volume controls anymore. If you do you will see an indicator but the sound you hear won’t increase or decrease. This is how VoiceMeeter works. Unfortunately there is no way to set up the VoiceMeeter to work through Windows’ native volume controls. If you do however go to “0” in Windows’ volume controls the sound in VoiceMeeter will essentially be muted. You can control the volume in diﬀerent applications like on Youtube or a game and it will increase or decrease the sound you hear.