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Author Topic: Teamspeak Functionality  (Read 2042 times)

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Raging Speedhorn

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Teamspeak Functionality
« on: 12 February, 2007, 01:19:35 pm »
Credit goes to The Doctor.

Sound Device Settings

Download and install the program from the link below....
Teamspeak

IMPORTANT NOTE: After you install Teamspeak please set the microphone to push to talk before you log onto any server. You do this by clicking on settings then sound input and output settings then click on push to talk under voice send method then click on set and select the key or mouse button you wish to use to talk on the microphone (explained in more detail later).

TeamSpeak automatically detects what recording devices your computer has. They are listed in the Settings --> Options -->Sound Devices under Device.



Here you can choose your preferred device. Try by trial and error what works best for you. Note that if there are only 2 options there (one being the "primary driver....") it doesn't matter which one you choose.

In this window you can also see what kind of recording you are using.

There are two kinds of recording: Wave and Direct Sound.

Wave generally delivers the best sound quality and the Direct Sound the lowest latency. When switching between those two you may sometimes need to restart TeamSpeak (when you get an error message) in order to get it working properly.

DirectSound has a slider (Direct Sound Buffer size) which controls the sampling buffer size. When it is to the utter left one has the lowest latency (one can hear eachother with the least amount of timelag). When the slider is to the utter right you will have the same quality as Wave recording.

When people on your server complain you are just sending "noise" but you can hear them fine, you are probably using DirectSound. Try sliding the slider to the middle or right position. Most of the times this seems to solve this problem.

Note: Windows XP users are generally better off using wave recording.


Voice activation and push to talk

In Teamspeak 2.0 there are 2 ways to communicate with your friends. The first choice is called push to talk. This means that you have to press and hold a certain button if you want to talk to others. The other way is by voice activation. This means that Teamspeak will automatically transmit to your friends when the program "hears" you talk. However, only use the push to talk method described below!

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IMPORTANT NOTE: After you install Teamspeak please set the microphone to push to talk before you log onto the server. You do this by clicking on settings then sound input and output settings then click on push to talk under voice send method then click on 'set' and select the key or mouse button you wish to use to talk on the microphone.

Please note that the Local Test part of the Sound Settings Dialog box has no effect on what you sound like when you transmit or what other people will sound like. You can activate the local test mode by clicking on the button and, then, anything you say will only be echoed to your speakers - in other words, it won't be transmitted to others. You can use this to test what the other codecs sound like but it will have no effect on anything because the codec used is set by the server administrator.

You can also change the volume using this dialog box by sliding the bar left or right until you are happy with the level of sound.


Bandwidth usage (or the maximum amount of traffic allowed to pass through TS2 at any given moment).

Under the settings menu option 'options' you will find a tab called bandwidth.

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Now, this is important because (as I understand the manual) TS2 can quite easily flood your connection at nasty moments in the game.

This is because if 2, 3 or more people talk at the same time then the bandwidth used is 2, 3 or more times the size of the codec (the codec determines the quality of voice heard - TS is set to the Speex 25.9 Kbit - the best).

So, given the high quality codec being used it is possible that people could experience lag or even connection difficulties if they leave their bandwidth settings at those that comes as default, namely "unlimited".

It is up to you how much of your bandwidth you want to use up, but you probably want to set it at levels that approximate multiples of the codec bandwidth, or the maximum number of people you want to listen to at the same time.

The consequence is that you will only receive part of what is being said if more people than your bandwidth setting allows talk and it will what is said will sound punctuated or broken. But if you have problems with lag and TS is buzzing then this might be a solution.


Setting up a macro

During a game, you may be asked to switch sides, and therefore asked to switch channels on teamspeak. You can go about this the hard way by ctrl+alt+del, or you can set up an easy command, or macro, in Teamspeak.

For example. you might have it set up so that during a game you can type ctrl+R to go red (VC) or ctrl+B to go blue (US). This will save you a lot of messing about.









Creating your own channel

You can create a temporary channel for those times when you might want to play a game with someone and would like to use Teamspeak while you do so.

Click on the Channels menu and select create channel.

Give the temporary channel a name/topic description and password if you want to limit access.

Select the Codec from the drop down list (the main channels use the Speex 25.9 Kbit).

Set the maximum number of people who can be in the channel at the same time.

Finally, click the Create Channel button and you will be automatically moved to the new channel.

Remember, this is only a temporary channel and it will disappear when vacated.
« Last Edit: 12 February, 2007, 01:24:09 pm by Raging Speedhorn »

 

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