Audio devices can be expensive. Balancing and Equalizer Equalizer audio mixers can easily cost hundreds of dollars, and although they are very comfortable on your desktop, you can achieve many of the same software effects.
VoiceMeeter is a free app that works as an in-software mixer board. Although a bit complex, it's about the same experience you would get from a hardware solution. VoiceMeeter has two versions, a simple version called VoiceMeeter, and a "Pro" version called VoiceMeeter Banana. They are both free, so we use banana for the tutorial. You can download both from the VB-Audio website. It would also be a good idea to install Virtual Audio Cable as well.
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After you have downloaded it and installed it, go ahead and start VoiceMeeter. After the first setup, many new audio devices should appear in the sound settings. Do not worry. that is normal and everyone has their benefit. If you want to disable VoiceMeeter, you can easily return to the default sound settings.
First you configure the inputs and outputs. The "Hardware Input 1" top left is your microphone, so click on it and select your microphone from the drop-down menu.
Next, configure the output on the right. There are three main outputs, all of which are put together to make a final microphone output. You can use the "Intellipan" and the effects below for basic editing, or you can use the full graphic equalizer built into VoiceMeeter.
This gives you full control over your microphone's audio. You can even straighten out your desktop audio and send it over the microphone line. Select "VoiceMeeter Aux Input" as your primary sound output device and it will appear under Voice Meeter Aux under Virtual Inputs.
The last mixing steps are pretty simple. The A1-3 and B1-2 are the different channels, and you can enable and disable which outputs you want in the final mix.
The voicemeeter also has a lot of other features, such as configurable hotkeys, MIDI mapping and many low-level audio configuration options. So you can do a lot more, but it works very well with this basic EQ. If you're an audio freak, you may appreciate some of the other apps from VB-Audio. They are all completely free, so it's worth trying them out.