How to Stream Music in Ventrilo Without a Second Computer

PC gamers and Ventrilo users: it is very possible to play music in Ventrilo from your gaming computer, while maintaining your full Ventrilo voice communications. Yes, there are other techniques that employ a separate 'music bot' computer, but this proven method only requires your single Windows gaming machine. The method below also utilizes dual instances of Ventrilo and some helpful audio-routing software.

This technique takes 30 to 60 minutes to configure, as you'll need to have several pieces in place for this arrangement to work.  The end result is definitely worth it, especially if you and your fellow guildmates and clansmen are regularly online together and would like the enjoyment of DJ-played music. 

This Vent music-streaming technique is based on two major outputs:

  1. the DJ keeps his own Vent user login for his voice communications, while
  2. a second Ventrilo user (the 'jukebox') handles the music streaming into the Vent server.

This suggested method is for Windows 7 / Vista / XP users with a single computer of mid-range gaming power. The music player best suited to this method is Winamp. 4GB of RAM and double monitors will help, but are not strictly required. This vent music-streaming works in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.

The real beauty of this setup is that it gives all vent users the power to adjust/mute the music volume separately from the sender's voice.

This is invaluable in MMO raiding, where some people prefer silence while others enjoy the music.

The setup below requires approximately an hour of configuring and testing, but the results are definitely worth the time investment. The complexity involved with this is approximately the same complexity as wiring a new television to a DVD player.

Requirements to Play Ventrilo Music with a Single Computer, Windows10 / Windows 8 / Windows 7:

  1. Winamp music player (version 5.66); other players are also optional alternatives.  Winamp is temporarily discontinued, but you can still access older copies that will work just fine for your streaming needs.
  2. Virtual Audio Cable (this is music routing software, available as trialware or purchased for $30).
  3. DSEO bypass of Windows Signed Driver policy (a benign method for permitting the 3rd party VAC software to run on Windows).
  4. Tweaking of your Ventrilo shortcut to enable double ventrilo copies
  5. At least 2GB of memory. Ideally, 4GB.
  6. Approximately 1 hour to install, configure, and test the setup
  7. Ideally: double monitors, so you don't have to alt-tab from game to choose songs

Music-Streaming Requirements:
Explanation here

Visual Step-by-Step Guide:
Detailed instructions here

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