Default Audio Input in the Standalone App, Mac & Windows

 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:21 pm    Post subject: Default Audio Input in the Standalone App, Mac & Windows Reply with quote

The following "how-to" is intended for informational purposes only, to assist our Platinum license holders with accessing the "default audio mix" for availability as an audio input source in the Standalone application.

Background: It is frequently pointed out that the default audio mix (the sound playing through your speakers) isn't available as an audio input source in the Standalone application. The question we normally get is "why can't I visualize the default audio?"... YOU CAN, but it does require a little extra effort for the time being. SoundSpectrum's Standalone app will display/operate with any sound source made available by your computer, sound-card, or other audio interface (including line-in audio, CD audio, microphone input, usb interface, etc). The "missing" computer default audio mix is an unfortunate result of OS manufacturers deliberately disabling (or not providing) functionality in their drivers and software by default (largely for DRM purposes, so you can't go making infinitely reproducible recordings of the audio playing through your computer). For Mac users, we have found a free and open source solution, with configuration instructions below. For Windows, currently we provide Virtual Audio Cable (VAC) as an optional install, but we have a SoundSpectrum virtual audio solution coming soon.

----------------- Windows / VAC Driver -----------------

Option 1, Enable Stereo Mix:
1. Open Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Manage Audio Devices
2. In the "Playback" tab > keep your default audio device selected (audio should play normally)
3. Click the "Recording" tab > right click in the Recording window and select “Show Disabled Devices"
4. Select “Stereo Mix”. It should now be an option in the Recording Tab
5. Stereo Mix should now show up in G-Force

If you do not see an option to enable "Stereo Mix", then the newly supplied Virtual Audio Cable, may be the best alternative.

Currently, the VAC driver is not a perfect solution. It has some limitations and it can be a little confusing to set up. Of course for these instructions to be applicable, you must first install the driver that comes with all our latest installers.

Option 2, Configuring the VAC Driver supplied in any Platinum install:
1. Install the VAC driver that came with your Platinum installer
2. Open Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Manage Audio Devices
3. In the "Playback" tab > Select SoundSpectrum Virtual Audio and click set as default

At this point G-Force Standalone (or other visualizer) will detect the Virtual Audio signal, but you still need to send the signal to the speakers.

4. Click the "Recording" tab > Select SoundSpectrum Virtual Audio > click Properties
- if the SoundSpectrum Virtual Audio driver is not available in the list, try right clicking the window to "Show Disabled Devices" and enable the device)
5. Click the "Listen" tab > Check "Listen to this device"
6. There may also be a drop down "Playback through this device" > Select the speakers you want to output the signal to > click apply/OK.

You should now be able to hear and visualize the default audio signal (what you hear through your speakers).

The big limitation here is that once G-Force (or another visualizer) is quit, the audio signal is no longer available to the speakers, so then you have to switch back to your default audio configuration. But once it's set up, it's pretty easy to switch back and forth. Hopefully at some point we can fix this glaring issue, but for now, at least it's available for folks that really need the functionality.

Disable driver signing on Windows8:
https://www.howtogeek.com/167723/how-to-disable-driver-signature-verification-on-64-bit-windows-8.1-so-that-you-can-install-unsigned-drivers/

----------------- Mac / SoundFlower / LineIn -----------------

Mac Instructions: In order for your default audio to be made available in the Standalone app, you will need two additional (currently) open source applications. Here's what you will need to do:

1. Download and install "LineIn" by Rouge Ameba
2. Download and install "SoundFlower" a github project
3. Open System Preferences -> Sound and select the Output tab -> select "SoundFlower" as your sound output
4. Open "Line-In" application (this app must be kept running during use) -> Select Input From "SoundFlower -> Select Output to: Built-in Output
5. Open SoundSpectrum's Standalone application -> right click on the screen or go to 'Settings' -> "Audio Input Source" and select SoundFlower.

You should now be able to hear your default audio through speakers while also sending the same audio to the Standalone application! Keep in mind that this is not an endorsement for these applications, and we can not provide any official support for them.

Please feel free to discuss and provide comments/feedback on your experiences with this work around.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:14 pm    Post subject: Alternative to SoundFlower Reply with quote

Hi, my problem lays with Windows. I have found an alternative to SoundFlower which is called VB-Cable Virtual Audio Device and it is a Donationware type of software.

If you follow the guide you can make it do what both LineIn and SoundFlower do in your tutorial:

forums.blinkinlabs.com/index.php?p=/discussion/68/windows-soundflower-alternative-vb-audio-virtual-cable

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1. Download the VB-Audio Virtual Cable driver:
2. Unzip the download and run VBCABLE_Setup or VBCABLE_Setup_x64
2. Go into your Sound settings in Control Panel
3. In the Playback tab, right-click "CABLE Input" and select "Set as Default Device"
4. In the Recording tab, right-click "CABLE Output" and select "Set as Default Device"
5. Go into "CABLE Output" properties to check "Listen to this device" and select your usual output device in the drop-down menu (the device previously set as the default playback device on the Playback tab)

So essentially this configuration changes the path of your computer's sound output from

Windows -> Speakers

to

Windows -> CABLE Input -> CABLE Output -> Speakers
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello iflip92

Thanks for your informative post.

We normally only allow links to SoundSpectrum on the forum. I am sure most members could quite easily search for the programs you mention using Google or similar.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I installed the SS virtual cable and it seems to be setup correctly. When I open G-Force stand alone, the input is set to SS virtual cable and the sound section of my laptop (Windows 7) which includes Recording, ... seems to be setup right. But still the sound does not get to the G-Force through "line-in".

How can I fix that?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello sharok

Not able to help you my friend. Your best bet would be to contact Brandon at SoundSpectrum.

http://www.soundspectrum.com/support/contact.html

Hope you are keeping well.
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