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How Do You Play Music in Mumble Without a Second Computer?

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Question: How Do You Play Music in Mumble Without a Second Computer?
Answer:
June, 2012

(related: How to Play Music in Ventrilo)

PC gamers and Mumble users: it is very possible to play music in Mumble from your gaming computer, while maintaining your full Mumble 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 Mumble and some helpful audio-routing software.

This Mumble music-streaming technique is based on two major outputs:
  1. the DJ keeps his own Mumble user login for his voice communications, while
  2. a second Mumble user (the 'jukebox') handles the music streaming into the Mumble 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 Mumble music-streaming works in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.

The real beauty of this setup is that it gives all Mumble 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 Mumble Music with a Single Computer, Windows 7 / Vista / XP :
  1. Winamp music player.
  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) -OR- the disabling of driver signing in Windows.
  4. Tweaking of your Mumble shortcut to enable double Mumble 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 for Mumble:
Explanation here

The Visual Step-by-Step Guide:
Detailed instructions here

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