However, there’s a lot of difference between starting a stream and becoming a streamer. To become a streamer means optimizing your entire setup to ensure that you deliver the best possible content for your followers.
One of the things you’ll need to do is mute your Discord audio, but before that, we’ll need to set up OBS (Open Broadcaster Software).
To install OBS, you should download it first. Then, select your operating system, and we suggest downloading the installer instead of a .zip or via BitTorrent.
Start the setup, follow the steps and you should be done in no more than a few minutes.
Now open the application, and it will provide you with a prompt to set up the OBS for you. Select Optimize for streaming, recording is secondary.
Hit next, and on this next screen, select your native resolution (1920×1080) and 60FPS preferably. This depends on your internet speed. Hit next again, and this is where you will need to connect to your preferred platform.
For this, you’ll need your stream key. For Twitch, we recommend checking out our guide on how to retrieve it.
Creating A Virtual Audio Device For Discord
Muting Discord on OBS may not be as simple as you’d like. OBS only detects audio devices and does not detect sources from programs/windows/applications. In that case, your only option is to completely mute your headphones or speakers.
Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem! You only need to create a virtual audio device which can be done with the help of a third-party program.
In this case, we’ll use VB-Audio’s Voicemeeter.
Download the installation, either the .zip or .exe, start the setup, hit Install, and then reboot your system.
After the reboot, open up Voicemeeter. You’ll be met with an overwhelming UI, but don’t worry; it is actually quite simple to use. You’ll only need to utilize a few options here.
Look at the top right of the program and click on A1 or A2, whichever is fine. This will open up a drop-down menu. On it, you’ll need to find and choose your main output device, such as your headphones, speakers, etc.
Once you select it, Voicemeeter will automatically create a virtual input device. In fact, it will create two devices, and you’ll need to use both of them.
First, we’ll have to adjust some Windows settings. So, head over to Control Panel – Hardware and Sound – Manage Devices. Then, under the playback tab, look for Voicemeeter Input, right-click it, and select Set As Default Device. If you did that, audio should now be coming through your headphones/speakers.
Windows and Voicemeeter are set up, and now it’s time to prepare Discord. First, head into Discord – User Settings – Voice & Video. Then, in Output Device, select Voicemeeter Aux Input. By doing this, you’ve successfully separated your audio into multiple (virtual) devices, allowing you to mute Discord on OBS.
However, to be sure, go into Voicemeeter again, and check if A1under Voicemeeter AUX is enabled. By enabling A1, you’ll be routing Discord’s audio through your headphones.
Let’s head back to OBS!
In OBS, select a scene, click the + icon under Sources and choose Audio Output Capture. Next, you’ll need to create a new source which you should probably name “Discord.” Press OK, and under device, select Voicemeeter Aux input.
You’ve now isolated and added the audio coming from Discord. All that is left is to mute it. While you have this new source selected in OBS, drag the volume bar and bring it to zero. Alternatively, you can click on the speaker icon to mute it.
Now, once you start streaming, your viewers will not be able to hear your teammates on Discord. It may seem more complicated than it should be, but you won’t run into any issues if you follow this guide properly.