GWJ is paid through February 2017 due to overly generous donations last year (you guys are too good). However, usage of the Ventrilo server has dramatically declined as in-game chat, Steamchat, and other options (Curse, etc) have diluted the userbase. Fedaykin brought up the question about whether or not to continue the Ventrilo service, which is a great question, but will need to be answered no later than January 2017. So unless there is a vociferous demand for Ventrilo to continue, and if anyone wants to take the reins on managing the service (I've long since been an Xbox One gamer, and haven't logged into Ventrilo myself in quite a long time), the GWJ Ventrilo Service will cease and desist on February 10, 2017. Feel free to voice your opinion on this thread
Ventrilo can be downloaded at The Ventrilo download page.
Ventrilo (50 slot):
Server Address: v22.darkstarllc.com (those are lower case L's)
1) Start the ventrilo program. Click on the Start button, click on Programs and then click on Ventrilo. This will display another menu option called Ventrilo that will start the actual program.
2) Click on the "->" button that is next to the first pulldown window called "User Name". This will open a new window where you can create a logon name to be used when connecting to a server.
3) Click the "New" button. This will open a small window where you can enter your logon name. The name you enter is entirely up to you. It can be your real name or a nick name, but preferably your GWJ Forum name ;).
4) Click the "OK" button. You can come back to this window and click on the help button later on if you want more detailed information about what the other options mean and how to use them.
5) Now that we are back to the main window click on the "->" button that is next to the pulldown window called "Server". This will open a new window where you can enter the details about the server you would like to connect to.
6) Click the "New" button. This will open a small window where you can enter a name that will describe the new server definition. The name can be anything you want it to be like: "My server" or "Joe's server". When entering a server name you don't need the quotes around it. These server names will show up in the main Ventrilo window.
7) Click "OK".
8) Click on the "Hostname or IP" input box and enter the server address v22.darkstarllc.com (those are lower case L's)
9) Click on the "Port number" input box and enter the servers port number 4018.
10) Click on the "Password" input box and enter the servers password as defined by the server administrator "mmmkay" (no quotes).
11) Click "OK" to return to the Ventrilo main window.
12) Click "Connect" to establish a connection between you and the server you just defined.
13) You should also click on the Setup button and configure all of the different options that control Ventrilo. This is very important when it comes to controlling the microphone or input source. Once in the Setup dialog click on the "Help" button. Be sure to read what all of the options are and what they mean. This is very important for the Voice page
13a) A good option to check is the 'Silent connections when in a channel' box under the Misc. tab. This will keep audio notifications of people who enter and leave your room, but you don't have to listen when the other 49 people on the server are getting on and off the server (griefers sometimes server hop... why? I have no idea, it's what makes them griefers...)
ps. To manage the Google-griefers on the Ventrilo server, I'm going to grant admin priveleges to 'tagged' GWJ members who aren't afraid to use the ban stick every once in a while. PM me if you're interested.
If you're experiencing technical difficulties, here's a link to the Ventrilo User's Forum
Vent Normalization makes everyone's voice the exact same volume. In essence, you won't blow your ears out or have difficulty hearing people.
Go to Setup
Enable Direct Sound
Select the SFX Button
Select Compressor and click Add.
Under Compressor Properties use the following settings
Gain = Adjust for how loud you want people to be. (Try 15)
Attack = 0.01
Release = Around 500
Threshold = Around -30
Ratio = 100
Pre delay = 4.0
What the settings do:
Gain: How much volume you feed into the compressor. Not really relevant unless everyone is too quiet, then you can turn this up a little; turning it up too much will sound EXTREMELY bad.
Attack: How fast volume change will happen. Example: setting this to 500 means that anything coming in will only be dropped in volume after a half a second. For vent this should be set as low as possible.
Release: How fast the compressor stops changing things. Not really that relevant with vent, setting it around 500 is good for voice material.
Threshold: This sets the point where we actually start changing what’s coming in. Whereas 0 is the absolute loudest you can have for an input, -60 is super quiet. Average users will probably come in somewhere around -25 to -15, with the occasional few being really quiet, which is why I have this set so low.
Ratio: How much any sound below the set threshold gets compressed and/or modified in the volume department. If you still want to hear SOME volume variation then set this lower (2-4). The higher you set it the closer in volume everyone will be.
Pre delay: Mostly just deals with processing; with computer and digital processors they can look ahead a few milliseconds to see what needs to be dropped in volume or changed before it actually comes through the speakers. Highest is ideal.
So far this has made a world of difference for me.