Voicemeeter Can’t Hear Anything

Norvan Martin
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Gamers and Youtubers speak and play music via their microphones simultaneously. Have you ever wondered how they do that? Most of these people use Voicemeeter, one of the most popular virtual audio mixer programs available on the internet.

However, there’s a common problem where you may not hear any system sound when you set the VoiceMeeter Aux Input default playback device. If you are gaming, the other gamers may be able to hear your system sound and your voice, while you can also hear them but you can’t hear any system sound on your computer.

To fix the issue with your Voicemeeter if you can’t hear anything, ensure that you set the output device, and ensure that the regular output device is not muted or low volume in Windows. In addition, ensure that the input devices are routed to your output bus.

Quick Fixes

Below are some quick fixes for the Voicemeter issue:

  • Set A1 in VoiceMeeter as “MME: your headphones device” if using VoiceMeeter mainly for mic purposes
  • Change the output to MME
  • Check the input and output devices and ensure they are correct

Read on to learn more. 

What is Voicemeeter?

Voicemeeter is one of the most advanced and popular virtual audio mixers that combine varied audio sources and transmit them to different targeted outputs.  

Why Use Voicemeeter?

Use Voicemeeter to stream your talk and desktop audio while talking without interfering with the quality of your communication. 

Voicemeeter Why Can’t I Hear Anything

Like other virtual programs, Voicemeeter can refuse to work as required. You can hear no sound. 

To fix this audio issue, find out the underlying problems. It’s possible that Voicemeeter has failed to hear Discord or you haven’t installed Voicemeeter Banana or any other essential driver. However, if you installed them, you must have set the wrong sample rate.

Poor internet connection is another popular cause of this.  Since your voice can’t connect to the voice channel, you might hear nothing. 

Other potential culprits are missing corrupted or outdated drivers. The peripherals you use like microphones or headsets can also cause the same issue.  

Voicemeeter Can’t Hear Discord

If your Voicemeeter can’t hear Discord, you won’t get any sound since you are using the incorrect input device. To fix this, go to Discord and change the present input device to the Voicemeeter’s virtual output.

The Discord sensitivity can also cause the same problem. Increase the sensitivity to allow Voicemeeter to hear it.

Sometimes, poor internet connectivity Windows settings, and software bugs can hinder the Virtual Audio Mixer from hearing Discord.

Voicemeeter Picking Up Desktop Audio

If your Voicemeter is picking up desktop audio, there is likely a problem with your playback devices.

To see how this works, right-click the volume icon and select “Playback Devices.” Choose one of the two Virtual Input trips that appear and select “Set as Default Device.” Your Voicemeeter will start capturing your desktop audio.

Voicemeeter Picking Up Desktop Audio

To stop hearing this, disable A1 (your headsets). If you enable B1, you’ll route the audio from the desktop to the virtual output that you’ll use on Discord.  Toggle this to prevent your friends from hearing your desktop audio on Discord.

After disabling the strips, press that shortcut to toggle it. To achieve this, you should:

  1. Hit the “Menu” button.
  2. Enable the “MacroButtons.”
  3. Open the “Macro Buttons (VB-Audio)”.
  4. Right-click a space.
  5. Edit the button name and sub-name, button type, and keyboard shortcut.
  6. Right-click the title bar and select System Tray.

Voicemeeter Banana Distorted Audio

People often experience Voicemeeter banana distorted audio when they use the ASIO Driver as output 1 and then select the same device with another audio interface as hardware input. When this creates Audio Device Conflict, you end up with distorted audio. 

Voicemeeter Banana Distorted Audio

Other factors you should consider when troubleshooting Voicemeeter banana distorted audio are hardware quality, the operating system, audio drivers, the audio buffer size, and the audio software.

This problem can have multiple reasons, and it can’t be fixed with a simple button switch sometimes.

Voicemeeter Troubleshooting

To troubleshoot Voicemeeter, you should:

Step 1. Go to Voicemeeter menu and restart “Audio Engine.”

Step 2. Set your sample rate in the Voicemeeter banana.

  1. Open Voicemeeter banana and select “HARDWARE OUT.”
  2. Use the A1 menu to choose your targeted speakers or headphones.
  3. Navigate to the “Menu” button and choose “System Settings”/”Options.”
  4. Check whether the sample rate is 48000Hz. If it’s a distinct figure, change it. 
  5. Go to the “Start “menu and search for “virtual aux io control panel.”
  6. Click on “Open.”
  7. Go to Options.
  8. Select “Internal Sampling Rate 48000Hz.”
  9. Reboot your PC when prompted.

If the error persists, proceed to the next step.

Step 3. Select the Best Audio Device for A1.

  1. Keep the default settings.
  2. Select the best device as your main audio output.

(If presented with a 512 or 256 sample buffer size, choose an ASIO device. WDM or KS also works with a 512 sample buffer size. As a last choice, you can pair MME with 512-1024 buffer size).

Step 4. Check for Audio Device Conflicts.

Don’t select the same audio device more than once at different audio points.

Step 5. Reboot Discord. 

To reboot Discord, do this:

Go to your taskbar and right-click a space in it

  1. Choose “Task Manager.”
  2. Click on the “Mode details” button if the Task Manager launches into compact mode.
  3. On the “Processes” tab, locate “Discord.”
  4. Right-click on “Discord’ and select “End task” from the context menu.

Step 6. Tune the Voice Sensitivity.

  1. Go to the Settings icon next to your Discord account.
  2. Switch to the “Voice & Video” tab.
  3. Scroll down till you see “Input sensitivity.” Turn off “Automatically determine input sensitivity.” 
  4. Select the right sensitivity.

Step7. Allow Apps to Access the Mic Settings.

  1. Go to the taskbar and click on the magnifying glass.
  2. Type in the “Microphone privacy settings.”
  3. Click on the first search result.
  4. Ensure the “Allow apps to access your microphone” is set to “On.”
  5. Ensure “Allow desktop apps to access your microphone” is also set to “On.”

Step 8. Update Your Audio Drivers.

  1. Follow these steps to update your audio drivers:
  2. On your keyboard, press the “Windows” + “R” keys.
  3. Type in “devmgmt.msc” without quotation marks.
  4. On the keyboard, press the “Enter” key.
  5. Click on the arrow icon, right-click on your audio driver, and then choose “Update Driver.”
  6. Click on “Search automatically for updated driver software.”

Voicemeeter Low Volume

If the volume is too low, navigate to VoiceMeeter and then select “microphone.” Move the Fader Gain slider upwards.

Voicemeeter How to Not Hear Yourself

If you don’t want to hear yourself, disable A1 (your microphones) on the strip. This will stop the audio from getting routed back to you.


We hope by using the above tips, you have fixed your Voicemeeter and can now receive quality sound from the audio system. Ensure you test the system after each step. If you need further support, reach out to us. 

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Norvan Martin is the founder of BoomSpeaker.com. He is a professional Electronics Engineer and is passionate about home theater systems and AV electronics. BoomSpeaker was created as an online hub to share his knowledge and experiences as it relates to home theaters and home audio electronics. My email: [email protected]  Connect on Pinterest and Linkedin