Voice Communication Software is fun
(Last updated 3 Mar, 05)
There are free software
computer programs available for download off
the internet that allow their users to
actually talk with their own voice during a
game to their teammates. They are called
"VOIP" software programs, for "voice
over IP". This will greatly increase the fun
and enhance the teamwork of your clan,
squadron, guild, or club. All you need is a
sound card, a microphone, and voice
communication software to talk to and hear
other people in your internet game. The
person you are talking to would of course
need a sound card, mic, and the same voice
software program, and be on the same voice
channel as you are too, to hear and talk to
(Disclaimer: As always try software at
your own risk.)
There are several very
popular free (and semi-free) voice comms software programs
out there like Roger Wilco,
(new URL), TeamSound, Game Voice, Battle Com,
different voice communication software
The voice software that you
pick to be used by your club is very
important. There are many features to
consider. Some of the features that an
internet gaming club should consider when
choosing their voice software program are :
- Does it work (some
are really buggy and lock up a
- How much bandwidth
(LAG) does it use in games (56kers
worry about this)?
- How efficient is
it, some use a lot of bandwidth
and still sound bad?
- How 'clear' do
people sound on it during a game
(is it choppy)?
- Is it compatible
with older and new computer sound
cards and operating systems?
- Is it compatible
with the game software that your
- Can you ban or
kick troublemakers off the voice
- Can you control
access to your channels or
password a channel for club
- Can you add
clickable links to join your
voice channel from your club web
- Can you display
who is on the voice channel as a
print out at your club's web
- How many people
can get on a channel at one time?
- Can you run a
fixed ip base station, that's runs
reliably 24 hours a 365 days?
- Does it feature
'hotkeys' to switch to other
channels during a game?
- Do the hotkeys
work easily and reliably?
- Is the client and
base station software free?
- Do you need to buy
any extra hardware (like Game
- Is it going to be
around in the future (or die like
"Battle Comm" and Game Voice did)?
Pick a voice
communication program that works best for
We would currently suggest
going using the Roger Wilco software as there is
a huge base of it's users out there (to
recruit from) and currently it works the best
over all for an internet gaming clan. It
simply works. It works well with almost every
sound card and OS and most games. If tweaked
a little it can provide good sound clarity.
Simply using a 25$ Labtec or Plantronics
headset mic and moving the microphone about 3-4
inches AWAY from your mouth really helps with
clarity. Roger Wilco also uses very little bandwidth (NO
LAG). Roger Wilco can have passworded
channels too. Roger Wilco is limited in it's
ability to remotely admin its base station and
it doesn't have "hotkey switching"
by default. You can add the hotkey switching
feature by downloading a free 3rd party RW
add-on program called
MyTuner. Roger Wilco's parent company died,
but was bought by GameSpy, so its future
seems to be safe now.
(new URL), and TeamSound are 3 other good choices.
is the hot new voice communications software program out
there. It's free if used by private clubs, but you are
supposed to pay for it under some situations. It has a lot
of features that Roger Wilco lacks, some say it might
replace Roger Wilco.
TeamSpeak is the new kid on the block and
growing quickly, it features 'hotkeys', web
page integration, and many advanced and
needed features that were lacking in Roger
Wilco and seems to work. It's new and does
support DirectX8, most games, sound cards,
and Operating Systems. We will see how this grows.
TeamSound (aka formally "TeamStream")
was plagued with problems at it's first
release a year ago or so, but seems to over
coming them now. It now must loose a bad
reputation. It offers a lot of features too.
"Game Voice" software is dead, Microsoft
stop supporting. This was not the best software for the full version you
buy some unusual hardware that added extra
features like in game voice recognition.
software is dead, there are a few sites that
offer it for download, but the product is no
longer supported by it's creators. It is
rumored to be the basis of the Game Voice's
Commander has a
trial version of it's "voice recognition"
software for gamers, that can be integrated
with other programs.
Voice Buddy is a voice recognition software program,
we have not tested it, if you have tried this software
please post a message about it in detailed with what you
like and what didn't, etc, please?
Get a good
Microphone and ADJUST your setup:
The best sound card and
voice software will sound like crap if you
have a cheap mic, or if you have the mic TOO
CLOSE to your mouth, or if you have your
Window's "VOLUME CONTROL" mic input
level mis-set or if you have the voice
software's input/out level settings not
properly adjusted. A common problem with
table mics are that when you lean forward you
talk to loudly and when you lean back in your
chair (away from your mic) you get too quite.
"Table mics" WILL
work and come with most modern computers, but
"headset mics" are better for in
game voice communications with a clan. "Headset
mics" are usually 2 speaker headsets
with a quality microphone that will work
with most modern computer's sound cards or
built in mother board's sound chip. Table
mics also pick up your computer's sounds if
they get to close to your speakers and
rebroadcast the noise back over the voice
channel when you transmit to everyone, making
them UN-happy. USB headset mics, that plug
into your USB port, are more expensive then
the normal analog headset mics that plug into
your sound card. Most people simply use the
normal analog headset mics, the USB mics do
not need a sound card however. Labtec"
is company that makes headset microphones
that work and are very reasonably priced.
"Plantronics" is pricier alternative, some
say better quality, both work well too.
Labtec's Axis-502 (or older version C-324) are well
worth the 25$ US for a good microphone and
STEREO head set speaker combo set and we
highly recommend them. You can usually pick
up a headset mic at any local computer store
like CompUSA or BestBuy or
over the internet.
Tips for a good computer
voice headset microphone combo for a gamer:
- Is it a stereo
- Are the ear pieces
comfortable and covered with soft
padding and enough of it?
- What is the price?
- Do you want to pay
extra for a cordless headset?
- How durable is the
headset, can it take nightly
- Is the mic crappy,
how does your voice sound to
others after adjustments?
- Are the speakers
in the headset crappy?
- Are the cables
strained relieved where they exit
- Does it have a on-cord
volume adjustment knob?
- Does it have a mic
mute switch, to prevent embarrassing
- Do you have a
sound card or on-board chip or do
you need the more expensive USB
headset microphone manufacturers:
Troubleshooting Guide offers some great voice commo
troubleshooting tips for solving just about
any type of voice commo problem, if you ever
Get a FREE
Roger Wilco voice channel for your clan,
squadron, guild, or club:
You can could go over to
places like "VIPOR'S
Roger Wilco Users Group", and politely asking him to
host a Roger Wilco Base Station channel for your club.
(Note: "Vipor's Roger Wilco User's Group" has went off line
after many years of helping others, the gaming community
owes "Vipor" a great debt for all he has personally
You will want to add a link
on your clan HOME page to your brand new clan
RW channel, once you get one. Go to
RogerWilco.com site to learn how to add a link to
your RW channel on your club's HOME page. If
you have any other problems, check out the
Roger Wilco Support page.
If you know of any other
place, that runs, free, stable 24-7-365,
Roger Wilco, Ventilo, TeamSound, or Battle Com
we will add their link here.
Help the friendly gamers, please?
FREE add-on channel
switchers for Roger Wilco:
There are free add-on
software programs called "hot-key
channel switchers" (also called "RW
tuners"), that add extra features and
enhancements to the basic Roger Wilco
internet voice communication program. These
add-on "hot-key channel switchers"
are programs that are written by 3rd party
volunteers (not the
www.rogerwilco.com guys), that add the ability to
change channel RW channels without exiting a
game to do so. For internet Flight Squadrons,
"hot-key" switching is a must, as
different elements of the team uses different
RW channels. Some channel switchers offer
more features then others and some don't work
to well with every operating system. Some
just don't seem to work at all for some
people. Some give other features besides
"hot-key switching", like in game
changing of Roger Wilco's volume level
without exiting a game.
Here is the current list of "tuners":
MyTuner is the MOST popular "hot-key"
channel switcher for version Roger Wilco Mark
1C or above. It is used by an estimated 60%
of internet Flight Squadrons. It has many
extra features and seems to work well with
all operating systems. There is an estimated
10,ooo downloads of this software. The
software is a little rough looking, but
MyTuner is a project that is supported by the
[TiC]Clan guys. They have a extensive
Manual" and a
Evaluation Form too.
[TiC]Gadgetman, the author of MyTuner, is
politely asking for
$5 donations to help fund his FREE RW tuner development, he is
touching up MyTuner.
RWTuneG2 is written by "Hexdump"
and has been around for a while (years). It was one
of the the first to offer a clean interface.
It was a little buggy at first, but he has
released his second version. "Hexdump" has been supporting
the Roger Wilco gaming community for years! Hats off to his
generous helping hand to the gaming community. They also
offer several other 3rd party Roger Wilco utilities.
BoseTuner (now offline) is the tuner, it is modeled
after MyTuner. BoseTuner's author "BadRat",
states he wrote it to work with the game
"WWII Online", because he had
trouble getting MyTuner to work with "WWII
Online". It has a professional looking
web site with support and forums. We have not
tested it yet, give us feedback if you have.
Thingy is an in
game Roger Wilco controller program that
works differently then all the other "tuners".
It is designed to specifically work with only
Quake3 as an add-on to Quake3. It allows
special Quake3 console commands to be used to
tell RW which channels to switch too, it too
has not been tested by our team yet.
"RWtuner" was the original Roger
Wilco add-on tuner it was written by a guy
called Keith Kile "Gunny". No
contact email or web site is available from
his original version. The original "RWtuner"
version 1b came with limited documentation.
"Others", there were several other
"tuners", but they seemed rather
buggy and they have now faded from the gaming