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Virtual Audio Cable

Key Details of Virtual Audio Cable

  • Create pairs of multi client devices for WAV files
  • Last updated on 10/15/18
  • There have been 0 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

by   / February 12, 2015

Virtual Audio Cable installs software audio input and output interfaces on your PC that can be used to take the sound coming from one app and turn it into microphone input for another. The software is odd in that there is no main window where you can pair input and output apps together; it is instead done right from those apps' settings.

Pros

Deep Windows integration: Each "cable" that Virtual Audio Cable installs is actually a pair of software input and output devices. This setup is completely independent of your actual microphone and loudspeakers, not relying on them in any way -- so much so that you can use this software even on a machine that has no hardware audio input and output devices.

Advanced cable settings: There is a control panel where you can customize the sound that's traveling through the virtual cables, including specifying the number of worker threads, the audio format range, the number of cables, and controlling the stream buffer. We recommend trying the default settings and using the control panel only if necessary; also, make sure that your PC exceeds Windows' minimum hardware requirements or your audio may stutter.

Cons

A steep learning curve: Since the software operates in an unusual way from the vast majority of apps, it is vital that a quality tutorial is made available on first launch. Unfortunately, that's not the case; you're left with a documentation that has its most informative section, Usage Examples, buried near the end of it.

Not all apps are compatible: Due to its mode of operation, which requires that you search for audio input/output options in the settings pane of third-party apps, this software is incompatible with any third-party apps that don't allow custom audio input/output sources to be set.

Dangerous software upgrades: Be sure to uninstall your current version of the software if you intend to install an updated one. Not doing so will mess up your virtual cables.

Bottom Line

Although a powerful piece of software, Virtual Audio Cable lacks intuitiveness. Even its documentation is not structured optimally, as it is there to provide a college course in audio input/output technologies rather than get you up and running in as little time as possible.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Virtual Audio Cable 4.14.

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Editors' Review

by   / February 12, 2015

Virtual Audio Cable installs software audio input and output interfaces on your PC that can be used to take the sound coming from one app and turn it into microphone input for another. The software is odd in that there is no main window where you can pair input and output apps together; it is instead done right from those apps' settings.

Pros

Deep Windows integration: Each "cable" that Virtual Audio Cable installs is actually a pair of software input and output devices. This setup is completely independent of your actual microphone and loudspeakers, not relying on them in any way -- so much so that you can use this software even on a machine that has no hardware audio input and output devices.

Advanced cable settings: There is a control panel where you can customize the sound that's traveling through the virtual cables, including specifying the number of worker threads, the audio format range, the number of cables, and controlling the stream buffer. We recommend trying the default settings and using the control panel only if necessary; also, make sure that your PC exceeds Windows' minimum hardware requirements or your audio may stutter.

Cons

A steep learning curve: Since the software operates in an unusual way from the vast majority of apps, it is vital that a quality tutorial is made available on first launch. Unfortunately, that's not the case; you're left with a documentation that has its most informative section, Usage Examples, buried near the end of it.

Not all apps are compatible: Due to its mode of operation, which requires that you search for audio input/output options in the settings pane of third-party apps, this software is incompatible with any third-party apps that don't allow custom audio input/output sources to be set.

Dangerous software upgrades: Be sure to uninstall your current version of the software if you intend to install an updated one. Not doing so will mess up your virtual cables.

Bottom Line

Although a powerful piece of software, Virtual Audio Cable lacks intuitiveness. Even its documentation is not structured optimally, as it is there to provide a college course in audio input/output technologies rather than get you up and running in as little time as possible.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Virtual Audio Cable 4.14.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.60

  • Added RT Audio packet streaming support.
  • Increased maximum number of supported channels to 32 (may cause problems, consult the manual).
  • Decreased default timer event period down to 3 ms to avoid RT Audio (WaveRT) glitches.
  • Show actual and potential cable/stream problems with state icons.
  • Show circular buffer duration and amount of buffered data (in milliseconds) in stream lists.
  • Show stream processing modes in stream lists.
  • Made application windows DPI aware (no blurring on high DPI displays).
  • Added high-resolution icons.
  • Added tooltips to application controls.
  • Added "Help" button to Audio Repeater applications.
  • Added a private property set accessible via any KS interface.
  • Added registry parameter for timer resolution adjustment.
  • Increased trial voice reminder delay to 30 minutes.
  • Added voice reminder status (silent/audible) indication to Control Panel.
  • Removed stream data buffer and stream watermark support because they were hard to tune and not very efficient against stream stability problems.
  • Some changes in Conrol API, not binary compatible with previous versions.
  • Fixed bug causing BSOD on some rare formats and settings combinations.
  • Fixed buffer notification positions.
  • Fixed minor bugs.

General

Publisher Eugene Muzychenko
Publisher web site http://software.muzychenko.net/eng
Release Date October 15, 2018
Date Added October 15, 2018
Version 4.60

Category

Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Streaming Audio Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 726.26KB
File Name vac460.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 663,000
Downloads Last Week 352

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations 3-cable trial
Price $35
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