How to Configure Your Computer to Play Music in Ventrilo

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Step 1: Download and Install Winamp Music Player

(This tutorial is continued from this article)

ACTION: Download Winamp Media Player 5.63. Once downloaded, perform the simple Winamp installation, using the default settings that pop up. The installation for Winamp should be identical for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.

EXPLANATION:

While there are many music players, Winamp is the easiest and most reliable for single-boxing a Ventrilo music player. You can get a free Winamp Standard version at the Winamp site. There is a pro version available for $20 USD. Both the free and pro versions will play Ventrilo music without any limitations.

More details on this Winamp requirement are available here.

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Step 2: Download and Install Virtual Audio Cable Software

ACTION: This step is very easy: you only need to download and install the VAC software. Once it is successfully installed, there is no need to even open VAC or configure VAC -- VAC runs silently in the background, automatically creating a music stream called "Line 1 - Virtual Audio Cable". We will use this Line 1 in an upcoming step.​

Trial version of VAC available here.
Full version of VAC available here ($30 USD)
Other versions of VAC are available at various download sites around the Web.

EXPLANATION:

VAC is 'routing' software for audio. This means: VAC lets you transfer music and voice signals from different software packages and microphones to play in other software or speakers/headphones of your choosing. This obscure-but-useful tool is the key to streaming music while also maintaining full voice communications in ventrilo.

VAC is a product authored by Eugene Muzychenko, a gifted programmer.

More details on this VAC requirement are available here.

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Step 3: Command Windows to Allow VAC to Run "Unsigned"

ACTION: This step may not be necessary, if Windows runs VAC without any error messages. However, if you do get VAC error messages after installing Virtual Audio Cable, you must command Windows to allow VAC to run "unsigned". There are four substeps to this procedure:

1) Disable Windows UAC:

Start menu > (in the search command box, type: MSCONFIG) > Tools > Change UAC Settings > Launch > (set the slider to Never Notify).

As you set the slider to "never notify", the Windows UAC dialog box will give the warning "not recommended". You can safely disregard this warning... DSEO is a benign product that will not threaten your computer's security as long as you practice good computer hygiene by running your antivirus every day.

2) Download and install DSEO here.

3) Take 5 minutes to follow the DSEO instructions at the web page here. You will need to point the DSEO signing to the full pathname of VAC.

**Note: the pathname to VAC driver will likely be "C:\Windows\System32\drivers\vrtaucbl.sys"

4) Once you have enabled Test Mode and have "signed" the vrtaucbl.sys file with DSEO, you can restart your computer.

5) Optional: here is an even-more detailed walk-through of the DSEO procedure, written by Tech F1.

6) NOTE: DSEO is mistakenly flagged as malware by some antivirus programs, like Avira, McAffee and Panda. This is a false alarm, and unfairly describes DSEO as malicious. The product is absolutely safe, just not encouraged by the Microsoft corporation. Read more details here.

EXPLANATION:

This is the most technically-challenging step of the whole process because you are lifting the hood of your operating system to remove an annoying lock instituted by fearful administrators at Microsoft.

Microsoft does not like developers making software for the Windows OS, unless the developers pay licensing fees. These fees can be prohibitively expensive, and some authors choose to offer their wares as "unsigned drivers". Microsoft likes to deter these authors' products by having the User Account Control lockout any products that have not paid licensing fees.

On the provision that you practice good computer hygiene through daily antivirus checks, running unsigned drivers on your computer is very low risk. DSEO is simply the most reliable free product to do this bypassing of Windows UAC and driver signing.

More details on this DSEO requirement are available here.

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Step 4: Set Winamp Preferences to Output "Line 1, Virtual Audio Cable"

ACTION: In Winamp: Options menu > Preferences... > ("Plug-ins") > ("Output") > Nullsoft DirectSound Output > Configure > (set device to Line 1: Virtual Audio Cable)

EXPLANATION:

VAC is running invisibly in the background, waiting to transfer audio signals for you to where you direct it. This transfer conduit is called "Line 1". You can optionally create more lines to send audio to other software, if you decide to get more complex with your audio.

In the steps ahead, we will use "Line 1" from Winamp to be the input into your new Ventrilo user name.
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Step 5: Create a New Ventrilo User Named "Jukebox"

ACTION: In Ventrilo: create a new user named "Jukebox" or other appropriate name. Configure the Jukebox to have the following settings:

a) Output Device - do not change the existing setting; leave it as is.
b) Input: set to "Line 1 Virtual Audio Cable"
c) Silence Time: 0.5 seconds
d) Sensitivity: set to 0 or 1
e) Use Push to Talk Hotkey: (disable this checkbox)
f) Amplifiers, Outbound: (set this very low, to -8, or even -10. You will use Winamp to control the volume).

In the last step ahead, we will "Mute Sound" on the Jukebox vent login. This will ensure that you only hear the music through your other regular ventrilo ID.

EXPLANATION:

The Jukebox user will not be a person. It is simply the connection through which your Winamp music will flow. By turning the sensitivity and silence time to be very low, your Winamp should play softer music without interruption. By turning the Outbound Amplifier to be very low, you can have more control over the music volume through Winamp and the Winamp equalizer.
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Step 6: Create a Windows Desktop Shortcut to Launch Ventrilo Twice

ACTION: With your desktop Ventrilo shortcut launch icon: Right-click and set the "target" to say

"C:\Program Files\Ventrilo\Ventrilo.exe" -m

EXPLANATION:

By adding the command -m to the Ventrilo shortcut, you command it to allow multiple copies to launch. You will then launch the first copy to be your own voice login. You launch Ventrilo a second time to use your Jukebox login for the music.
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Step 7: Launch Two Copies of Ventrilo and Play Music!

ACTION: With your desktop Ventrilo icon: double-click it twice to launch two copies of Ventrilo. Use the first copy to login as your regular Vent user self. Use the second copy to login as Jukebox.



EXPLANATION:

The first copy of Ventrilo will be your regular voice connection.
The second copy of Ventrilo will be the streaming music from Winamp.

Make sure you enable the "Mute Sound" checkbox for the second copy of Vent... this will prevent the music playing twice in your headphones.

Tip: you can display the song name beside the Jukebox user. Simply R.click the Jukebox and enable "Integration" > "Winamp"
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