How to Talk in Ventrilo Without Holding a Button

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Push-to-talk keybinds are so last month. Switching Ventrilo to voice activation by disabling an option in the program's Setup menu ensures you will always be heard.

Enabling Voice Activation

  • Launch Ventrilo, select the profile you want to switch to voice activation from the "User Name" menu, click "Setup" and disable the "Use Push To Talk Hotkey" checkbox. If you have previously used Ventrilo in voice activation mode and therefore have already adjusted the settings to your liking, you're done -- click "OK" to save your changes and, if necessary, repeat the process with any other profiles you want to switch to voice activation. Otherwise, you'll need to adjust some settings for Ventrilo to function correctly.

Adjusting the Settings

  • Ensure your microphone is switched on, click the "Monitor" button and start speaking as you normally would. You will see a series of numbers scrolling by on the screen in the previously empty box in the middle: these are the decibel values detected by your microphone. Watch the numbers for a minute, make a note of the lowest number that appears when you are actually speaking and then click "Monitor" again to stop the test. In voice activation mode, Ventrilo transmits sound whenever the decibels recorded by your microphone exceed the value in the "Sensitivity" field. Enter a value that is slightly lower than the number you noted -- this ensures the software will pick up your speech while at the same time ignoring most background noise. The "Silence Time" dropdown menu affects how long Ventrilo will keep transmitting sound after the decibel value detected by the microphone falls below the threshold. Adjust this setting to your liking, if necessary, and then click "OK" to save your changes.

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