Podcasting with Farrago: Bringing Farrago's audio to voice chat (VoIP)

Many podcasters use Farrago to add music, sound effects, and other audio to their productions. However, if you're recording with a remote partner or guest via a voice chat (VoIP) app like Skype, Zoom, or many others, they'll only receive your microphone's audio by default. With help from our audio routing tool Loopback, you can ensure that all parties on your call hear the audio you want to send them.

This article provides a quick overview on how to configure and use Loopback in conjunction with Farrago, to send the exact audio you want through voice chat.

Creating a virtual audio device in Loopback

To get Farrago's audio into your voice chat, it needs to be combined it with the audio from your physical microphone using Loopback. Loopback captures audio from both your microphone and Farrago, then passes it on to your voice chat app using what's called a virtual audio device.

Follow these steps to configure Loopback:

  1. Open up Loopback, then click the New Virtual Device button to create a new device. Give it a descriptive name, like “Mic & Farrago”.

  2. You won't use the Pass-Thru source which is included by default, so remove it by clicking to highlight it, then pressing the Delete button.

  3. Add the desired audio sources by clicking the (+) button next to the Sources header. As seen below, the “Farrago” app source has been added, as well as a USB device called “USB Microphone”.

  4. Be sure to uncheck the Mute when capturing setting within the Options area of the Farrago source. This will enable you to hear the audio you're playing in Farrago locally.

At this point, the virtual device is now ready for use throughout your system. It will remain available until you toggle it off or delete it, even when Loopback isn't actively running.

Selecting the virtual device in your voice chat app

Now that you've created your virtual device, you need to select it as the input device within your voice chat app. Often, this is configured in the application's Preferences window. Look for a setting labeled “Microphone” or “Input Source”, and select the virtual device you created.

Making your call

When you make a call, it will now contain all the audio you specified. Audio from both your microphone, as well as Farrago, will automatically be merged together by Loopback into the virtual audio device called “Mic & Farrago”. Your voice chat app will see this virtual device as a normal microphone, and all the desired audio will be heard by those on the other end of your call.

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