How to Normalize Ventrilo

Hello! Mia Here!

After making my tutorial on how to change a user’s volume in ventrilo,
A guildie of mine suggested setting up Ventrilo with a “Normalize”
configuration. This will make it so everyone is about the same volume;
making quiet people louder and loud people quieter.

First off, Open up Ventrilo.
Click on the “Setup” button to the right.
Click to be sure “Enable Direct Sound” is checked.
Click the “SFX” Button
Click to select “Compressor”, then click the “(- Add” button.
Under Compressor Properties use the following settings:
Gain = Adjust for how loud you want people to be. (I use 15) 
Attack = 0.01 
Release = Around 500 
Threshold = Around -30 
Ratio = 100 
Pre delay = 4.0

Click “Ok” to close the Compressor Properties Window.
Then Click “OK” to close the Special Effects Window.
Then Click “Ok” to close the Setup Window.

Now, we’re all Done!
Thanks for Watching and hope this helps.
With Love, From Mia.

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COMPRESSOR SETTINGS EXPLANATION
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– Gain –
This can usually be left at 0, unless you’re having difficulty hearing most of the people on the channel. Gain controls how much volume is sent to the compressor. Turning it up a little (10 or 15) may help, but turning it up a lot causes significant sound degradation.

– Attack –
Attack determines how quickly the effect is applied to the sound, in milliseconds, and can be turned down to the minimum of 0.01. The default is 10, which is also quite fast. The maximum of 500 creates an unpleasant half second delay before a loud incoming sound is adjusted.

– Release –
The length of time the compressor remains on after the sound has stopped is determined with the Release setting. The default of 200 milliseconds typically works, but some people turn this up to 500 or even 1000 (1 second).

– Threshold –
The level at or above which the compressor kicks in is the Threshold. -30 will make the quiet people a bit more audible, while still keeping the loud types from blasting you. This setting is measured in decibels, with 0 being very loud and -60 being very quiet.

– Ratio –
Ratio sets how much variation in volume remains after the compressor has done its job. Most people put this right up to 100 so there is as little variation in volume as possible. Although the default setting of 3 leaves some variation in, it also works.

– Pre delay –
This is a digital sound processor function that determines how far your system “looks ahead” for sounds that need adjustment, again in milliseconds. This is best left at the maximum of 4.