Know the simplest way forward to play the best music with Teamspeak 3 in seven simple steps. Read on to find out more.
1. Install Winamp Music Player: Download the most recent version of Winamp Media Player and perform an installation using the default settings, by selecting either 32-bit or 64-bit version for your version of Windows. Winamp continues to be the most reliable and popular option for single-boxing Teamspeak 3.
2. Install Virtual Audio Cable (VAC) Software: Virtual Audio Cable or VAC software, authored by Eugene Muzychenko can be installed and configured quickly and runs as a background process. It creates a music stream named ‘Line 1 – Virtual Audio Cable’ by default. You have the option to either opt for a free trial version or a paid full version of VAC.
VAC is a very useful tool as it allows smooth transfer of music and sound from a software or microphone to another software or your speakers.
3. Disable Windows Driver Signing: You can run VAC software if Windows is configured to allow the execution of unsigned drivers. To perform this configuration, you must reboot your computer and use the F8 key to invoke boot options from system startup.
Once the black screen is on, you can navigate to the ‘Disable Driver Signature Enforcements’ using keyboard navigation, activate the option, and boot the system completely. Every reboot of your system must execute this bypass.
As an alternative to the F8 reboot approach, you can also install the DSEO software to bypass driver signing.
The default configurations enforced by Microsoft does not encourage unlicensed software drivers. However, in certain cases, when antivirus checks are in place, and you are following good computing practices, using unsigned drivers pose very low risk.
4. Allow VAC to Run Unsigned through Windows [Optional Step]: If you encounter error messages while running VAC, you might want to resolve the same using a simple procedure outlined below.
First, disable Windows UAC:
- Click Start and run MSConfig utility
- In MSConfig, select ‘Tools’ then ‘Change UAC Settings’ then ‘Launch’ and set the slider to the option Never Notify.
- At this step, disregard the warning pointing to the action as not recommended.
- Download and install DSEO and follow signature enforcement override. You must include the complete pathname of VAC like C:\Windows\System32\drivers\vrtaucbl.sys.
- Next, enable Test Mode and restart your computer.
5. Setup Winamp Preferences: VAC runs as a background process to transfer signals according to the way you direct them, under the name ‘Line 1.’
To set this up, navigate to Winamp Options menu then ‘Preferences’ then (“Plug-Ins”) then (“Output”) then ‘Null Soft DirectSound Output’ then Configure and set the device to ‘Line 1: Virtual Audio Cable.’
It is possible to create more lines and transfer audio to some other software, for additional complexity.
6. To launch Teamspeak 3, create a Windows Desktop Shortcut: Create a shortcut on your desktop pointing to C:\Program Files\TeamSpeak 3 Client\ts3client_win64.exe –nosingleinstance
The –nosingleinstance inclusion in the shortcut target allows multiple copies of the application to be launched simultaneously. In this case, the first copy of Teamspeak 3 will be your own voice login and the second instance will be the Jukebox login for the music.
7. Launch the Two Copies of Teamspeak 3 and Configure for Jukebox: After starting the two copies of Teamspeak 3 with your desktop shortcut, you must set up your second instance for jukebox using the following steps:
- Launch the first instance of Teamspeak3 and connect to the server with your regular login.
- Launch Teamspeak 3 a second time using the same desktop shortcut. Now you will have two instances of Teamspeak 3 running on your desktop screen.
- Using the second instance of Teamspeak 3, connect to the server again by using your username as Jukebox. This login is your music player.
- In the second login, go to ‘Settings’ then ‘Options’ and choose Capture.
- Under Capture Device, select Line 1 (Virtual Audio Cable). This step is essential to enable the routing of music from Winamp to your Teamspeak 3 listeners.
- In Settings > Options> Capture, choose Continuous Transmission.
- Enable checkboxes for Echo Reduction, Echo Cancellation, Remove Background Noise, Advanced Options, and Automatic Gain Control to ensure good sound quality.
- Click on Apply and click Ok.
Further to this basic configuration, you might have to perform a few housekeeping functions such as muting the login of yourself and music machine to be able to listen through Teamspeak 3 and not directly from your computer. This might be required for every launch of Teamspeak 3.