How to setup Voicemeeter for Descript and Zoom
I recently purchased a Descript.com license so I could more easily edit my audio recordings, podcasts, etc. in real time to save time with manual editing. I already had a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and a cloudlifter paired with a Shure SM7B Microphone. Now don’t get me wrong, the Shure Microphone is awesome, but I needed a Audio-Technica AT831b Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphone to increase the audio quality of my zoom meetings and audio recordings. This lead me down the confusing Voicemeeter rabbit hole. I scoured the Internet and Youtube, but couldn’t get clarity on how to properly setup my system. I started with Voicemeeter banana, but couldn’t get it to work properly with Descript. Then I discovered Voicemeeter Potato, which has the game changing feature of being able to show you which virtual audio inputs are being used, and by which applications on your computer. Voicemeeter Potato gives you 3 separate virtual inputs. To summarize my setup, I connected my Microphone to the top left hardware input in Voicemeeter and my headphones to output AT1. In my case, this is the Scarlett Focusrite USB Analogue 1 and 2. I physically connected the XLR cable from my Audio-Technica AT831b Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Microphone to the left channel of my Scarlett Focusrite, ticked the boxes in Voicemeeter for B1, B2, and B3. Those are the only hardware input settings I needed, so I then moved over to the virtual input configuration, where I checked A1 and B2 for the Voicemeeter VAIO configuration. I also changed the red dot to the far right position. I repeated this configuration for the Voicemeeter AUX (virtual input 2 channel) too. I labeled voicemeeter virtual input channel 1 (Zoom), voicemeeter virtual input channel 2 (Descript) and voiemeeter channel 3, Monitoring. What this does is put the audio from my zoom calls to the right channel, and the audio for my microphone to the left channel. By separating the channels, I have more control over each. And when I configure Descript, I can then have the two channels configured and the transcription done automatically in real-time! The voicemeeter virtual input 3 (monitoring) allows me to hear the audio stream into my headphones.