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How can I split my audio? Voice through my headset, sound through my speakers.

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  1. St!nkf!nger

    St!nkf!nger Thread Starter

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    When playing games I would like to be able to hear the game sounds come from my speakers and my voice communications with my friends coming through my USB headset, like Xbox Live. I'm running Windows 7 with an Asus Xonar DX and for the life of me can't figure out how to do this. Is it possible to do natively in Windows 7? Is it program specific? It seems odd that my thousand dollar computer can't do what my hundred dollar Xbox does.
     
  2. TheShooter93

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    That would be something that's program specific, I think.

    Try Ventrillo.

    Different hardware and software do different things.

    But I'm sure there's a way to get a computer to do what you're looking for.

    Back when I used to game on the computer, I was looking to be able to do the same thing. Not sure if I ever figured out how. :confused:
     
  3. fang508

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    Well if Vent/TS/Etc can select what sound Card to Input/output from, Then perhaps installing a Second sound card would do the trick. Although, that means spending more money, even if it's a cheapo card for just the Voice Audio.

    Sorry, I have not used Vent/TS in a long time and I can't remember.
     
  4. Tanis

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    As the previous posters have suggested, I think you will need two sound cards to do this. I use Ventrillo and as far as I remember you can tell it which sound device to use. So, with two cards you may be able to have the speakers plugged into one for game sounds tell ventrillo to use the other. I have never tried it though.
     
  5. St!nkf!nger

    St!nkf!nger Thread Starter

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    That seems like the long way around. Can anyone confirm this? I do have an old sound card lying around here somewhere, but don't want to go through the hassle of installing it if it won't work as advertised.
     
  6. fang508

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    Well before any1 can confirm, we need to know what Program you are going to use for Voice.
     
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    The reason why I don't think it can be done with one card is typically, a sound card does not run two output devices, you would have speakers or headphones. Your USB headset is a device, so your soundcard will route audio to that if you have it selected as your audio device, I am not aware of a way to seperate audio input and output between two devices on one soundcard.

    If you have a soundcard already then that is your best option to test. There is no cost involved, it doesn't take more than a few minutes to install a soundcard and drivers.
     
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    Oh, I almost forgot to mention in my previous Posts. If you do use a Second Sound Card, make sure that not only is it setup in your Voice Program, but also Windows itself. Like in XP i can select what sound card for Output and 1 for Recording (Voice).
     
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