Want to step up your audio for your videos? Then you have come to the right place. Today’s tutorial is about Voicemeeter Banana a virtual mixer that has really changed the way I record and stream content. Now this one is a very complicated program to use but I will do my best to explain it with pictures and text. So let’s get started.
You will need
Voicemeeter Banana from https://www.vb-audio.com/Voicemeeter/banana.htm
Windows PC (This is not available for MAC or Linux Users.)
Virtual Audio Cables ( Not really needed but can be useful depending on how many programs you want to control)
First thing, download and install as administrator (right click the .exe file and click run as administrator). You MUST REBOOT computer after installation.
Once installed you will see these options in your windows mixer. Right click the speaker icon in the taskbar.
In playback and recording sections you will see two new options from Voicemeeter VAIO. 2 inputs and 2 outputs. Make sure in playback you select VB-Audio Voicemeeter VAIO as Default Device (At this point you will not hear any audio, this is fine as we will set it up in Voicemeeter).
You will also need to select the default format of the audio FOR ALL AUDIO DEVICES both under Playback and Recording. Most people stick to 44.1HZ or 48HZ sample rate and 16 or 24 for the bitrate ( I picked 16 bit 48Hz)
You will also need to set the sample rate and bit in the virtual inputs of Voicemeeter. To get to that,open the windows start menu and type control panel. These Virtual IO and AUX IO are the ones you want. In the options menu select the sample rate that you choose earlier in the windows mixer.
Finally after all that initial setup we are ready to into the main program. Which looks something like this.
Before we start anything. You see the A1, A2, A3 in the top right? Select your default speakers, headset whatever you were using before as your primary audio device before switching to Voicemeeter. (So you can hear your audio playthrough).
Now this is where things get interesting, as you can see you might have multiple choices for one playback device. These choices are interfaces that Voicemeeter can utilize. WDM and MME are the ones that I had the most luck in compatibility between mismatch audio devices. WDM is the most preferred due the latency is the lowest since audio that travels through virtual device can cause delays in audio.
After that is done, let’s get deep into the particular sections within Voicemeeter Banana.
Blue section is your Hardware Inputs. This is where your microphone, playback devices, VOIP programs (with virtual audio cables) and more live in this section. Just like you selected your playback device in the yellow section earlier, you will do the same here in the blue.
Red section is your virtual inputs installed with Voicemeeter Banana. These can have multiple purposes depending on the way your audio setup is currently. One thing is for certain though, one of these virtual inputs must have the desktop audio playing through but not BOTH. So make sure from your windows mixer playback devices that either Voicemeeter VAIO or AUX VAIO is selected as the default playback audio device.
Yellow section is the hardware out section. This is where your USB DACs, physical hardware interfaces, headsets, speakers etc. This will allow you hear what is coming from the hardware inputs or virtual inputs. It also includes a tape deck where you can further playback additional sounds or record audio tracks directly inside of Voicemeeter (Although I never used it I can see the benefit in somebody’s workflow)
Finally the Pink section is the Master Section. A1, A2, and A3 can be tuned audio wise. But the most important ones is the last two. Those two are the virtual outputs of Voicemeeter and what makes Voicemeeter shine. In the windows mixer under recording devices, B1 relates to Voicemeeter VAIO Output and B2 is Voicemeeter AUX VAIO Output.
TIP: Rename the input both hardware and virtual by right clicking right above the audio selection. You should also do the same in the windows mixer both for playback and recording devices.
Now let’s take a look in depth on how one hardware input works.
Now take a look into the blue section where my Blue Yeti lives. From top to bottom, we start off with the Intellipan, this allows for a modulation of the audio (in this case my own voice). It can be tuned in such a way to change the pattern of your voice. Next you see the audibility section where you see two dials one for compression and gate.
Now compression makes it so it will normalize your voice to not ear-piercing levels. For example, if you rage quit at a level or you hit an enemy with an M4A4 in CSGO for 90hp in 4 hits into your microphone it will bring it to appropriate safe levels. Next the gate dial is an a strict noise gate that will try to eliminate background noise when the mic is idle.
Below that you see the same A1, A2, A3, B1, B2 as you saw in the yellow (Hardware out) and in the Pink (Master Section). Now if you want to hear your microphone through your own speakers for testing purposes go ahead and switch A1 to on. But as you can see I have B2 selected and no other hardware input is being used.
Now finally depending on which virtual input you choose all you need to do is had one of the hardware out so you can hear what is coming from your desktop (This is because you switched one of the virtual inputs are your primary playback audio device in the windows mixer.
As you can see, Voicemeeter has made dedicated audio tracks for each and every connected device that you have. It works wonders as an mixer and allows you to include or exclude when needed.
Here is a screenshot as to how my Voicemeeter Banana is set up with OBS Studio both for recording and streaming.
As you can see, in conjunction with Voicemeeter I now have multiple dedicated audio tracks with a central virtual mixer that controls all of these devices.
And done! Voicemeeter Banana is finally configured as a virtual audio mixer. With multiple devices both hardware and virtual in a centralized location, no more having to fiddle with the windows mixer or using the “listen to” tab in devices.
I am planning to make a specific troubleshooting tutorial regarding the different virtual interfaces, troubleshooting glitchy audio etc. I will be also making a tutorial on a simple Voicemeeter version compared to this banana version.
Stay tuned for more tutorials. If you have any questions hit me up at @DiamondRyce on Twitter.