Normalizing Ventrilo

Vent is an amazingly useful tool for raids in any MMO, but it could be a hassle if you have to constantly adjust the volumes of people’s voices. So, here’s a quick little guide on how to normalize your vent which will set most people at a single volume setting.

  1. Go to Setup
  2. Enable Direct Sound
  3. Select the SFX button
  4. Select Compressor from the list and, select Add
  5. Under Compressor Properties, adjust the settings

These are the settings I recommend:

  • Gain = 15
  • Attack = 0.01
  • Release = Around 500 (slider is hard to be exact)
  • Threshold = Around -30
  • Ratio = 100
  • Pre Delay = 4.0

Here’s a list of these properties and what they do:

Gain: How much volume you feed into the compressor. Not really relevant unless everyone is too quiet, then you can turn this up a little. Turning it up too much will sound EXTREMELY bad.

Attack: How fast volume change will happen. Example: Setting this to 500 means that anything coming in will only be dropped in volume after a half a second. For vent, this should
be set as low as possible.

Release:  How fast the compressor stops changing things.  Not really that relevant with vent. Setting it around 500 is good for voice material.

Threshold: This sets the point where we actually start changing what’s coming in. Whereas zero is the absolute loudest you can have for an input, -60 is super quiet.  Average users will probably come in somewhere around -25 to -15 with the occaisional few being really quiet.

Ratio: How much any sound below the set threshold gets compressed and/or modified in the volume department. If you still want to hear SOME volume variation, set this lower (2-4)… the higher you set it the closer in volume everyone will be.

Pre Delay: Mostly deals with processing. With computer and digital processors, they can look ahead a few milliseconds to see what needs to be dropped in volume or changed before it actually comes through the speakers. Highest is ideal.



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