Renaming and Organizing all Playback and Recording Devices

We are going to be using Windows 10 1903 for this installation.

We are going to organize everything so that it is easier to understand what everything does. This will also help you in the future if something goes wrong. You will be able to identify what each Playback and Recording device does.


Playback.PNGRight click on the speaker icon in the bottom right corner of your taskbar and click on “Sounds”, then click on the “Playback” tab at the top left.

That should open up something like what you see here on the left.

This is currently my setup that I have.

We are going to rename them using a similar naming scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember to hide all your unused Playback and Recording Devices.

 

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Let’s call the highlighted area as shown on the right the “original name” and the bold name above that the “custom name”. As you can see above, I have my Sennheiser’s, Discord, and VoiceMeeter. They all have original and custom names.

Let’s start off by right clicking anywhere in the main box. Then make sure that “Show Disabled Devices” is checked. You will see a lot of devices. No need to worry, we will disable everything we don’t need and then hide them.

Find your main audio out device that you use and right click on it and click properties. You will see a button that says “Change Icon”, right above that will be a text field. We are going to rename your main audio out to “Main” for this guide. Feel free to rename it something else.

Next we are going to find your VoiceMeeter’s default virtual audio cable with the original name of “VB-Audio VoiceMeeter AUX VAIO”. Rename that to “Discord”. You can also change the icon to something else. I have mine as audio cables since we are using a virtual audio cable.

Last we are going to find the device with the original name of “VB-Audio VoiceMeeter VAIO” and rename that to “VoiceMeeter”. This is going to be your new main audio device. Everything except for Discord’s audio will go through here.

You have all three devices ready to go. You should go through all the other devices that you don’t need and disable them. Simply right click and click “Disable”.

Now right click anywhere in the device list box and uncheck “Show Disabled Devices”. There should only be three devices that are visible, Main, Discord, and VoiceMeeter. Everything else should be disabled and hidden.

We are done with all “Playback” devices. Click on the “Recording” tab at the top of the “Sound” window. We are going to do the same thing here but with different names.

Again, make sure that “Show Disabled Devices” is enabled. Find your microphone and make sure that it is named “Microphone”.

Find the recording device with the original name of “VB-Audio VoiceMeeter AUX VAIO” and rename that to “Discord”.

Find “VB-Audio VoiceMeeter VAIO” and rename that to “VoiceMeeter Mic”. We can use this mic to customize your voice if you would like. Go to the “Custom Voice” section to learn how to change your voice in Discord and everything else.

Disable everything else and uncheck “Show Disabled Devices” so everything is nice and organized. You should only have three things in the “Recording” tab, Discord, VoiceMeeter Mic, and Microphone.

Now under the “Playback” tab right click on “VoiceMeeter” and select “Set as Default Communication Device”.

Under the “Recording” tab select “VoiceMeeter Mic” and select “Set as Default Communication Device”.