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Group Coms for Port Battles
Every player participating in a port battle should join the main Port Battle Room on the British Nation Ventrilo server; group rooms are generally not used. You should use the "Push To Talk" (PTT) mode, not voice activation. So by default, pressing your PTT key will let you speak to the whole PB vent room, that is everyone in the port battle.
All communications that are only relevant to the group should be directed only to the group, in order to keep the PB room clear for calls and orders that are relevant to the whole fleet. Text chat on the "Group" channel can be used for that, but the preferred method is setting up an additional PTT key in your vent client that allows you to speak to the members of your group only. This means you should have one PTT key to speak to everyone in the vent room (normal PTT key) and one PTT key to speak only to your group (special PTT key). The setup of your special PTT key can be prepared in advance and reused for every port battle, with only the composition of the group being adjusted every time in the PB ready room. Configuring this can be done in less than a minute.
There are 2 video tutorials at the bottom of this page showing how to set up group communications in English and German
Preparation (only needs to be done once)
In your Ventrilo client's main window, while connected, click on the arrow to the right of "Bindings".
The "Setup Bindings" window appears. Click on "New", enter any name (e.g. "Port Battle Group") and hit "OK".
Back in "Setup Bindings" click on "Add". Choose "PTT Advanced" from the options there.
Press the special hotkey you want to use for talking to your group (e.g. Left Control while your normal PTT key might be the Grave).
Clicking "OK" will bring up the "Edit PTT Advanced" window. Choose "User-to-User (U2U)".
At "Users logon name(s)" click on the "..." on the right. A user selection list appears.
From the list on the right pick anyone (doesn't matter for now) and "Add" him/her to the left list.
Click "OK" three times and you're back in the main vent window.
In the Port Battle Ready Room (Before every battle)
In the main vent window, from the drop down menu to the right of "Bindings" select your new binding (e.g. "Port Battle Group").
Click on the arrow to the right of "Bindings" so you can configure who belongs to your group.
The "Setup Bindings" window appears. Click on the line that shows your special hotkey and hit "Edit Details".
At "Users logon name(s)" click on the "..." on the right. The user selection list appears.
From the list on the left "Remove" anyone who is not in your group.
From the list on the right "Add" everyone who is in your group to the left list.
Click "OK" three times and you're back in the main vent window, ready to go.
Improving the sound quality
You can use the built in ventrilo filters to improve the sound quality making orders easier to understand. Follow these steps:
Go to Setup: To do so click on the setup button on the right side of the ventrilo.
Enable Direct Sound: You will find the settings for Direct Sound for the input and output device in the top right corner within the register called "Voice".
Select the SFX Button: In the top right corner of the "Voice" tab too.
Within the next window select Compressor on the right hand side and click Add. This will move the Compressor to the left hand side.
Now select Compressor on the left hand side and click on Properties. Under Compressor Properties, use the following settings:
Gain = 17 (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 horrible.)
Attack = 0.01 (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 = Around 500 (How fast the compressor stops changing things. not really that relevant with Vent, setting it around 500 is good for voice material.)
Threshold = Around -30 (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 = 100 (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 = 4.0 (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.)
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