Created to bring gamer communities together, Discord has quickly become a must-have messaging software. Here’s how to put your listeners on air or simply carry out a live broadcast on your radio station with Discord.

This set up is possible with Windows and MacOS, however the configuration steps will differ slightly. We’ve included the necessary information for both operating systems below! 

To start, you will need to install 3 different types of software:

  1. A virtual mixer
     – For Windows: VoiceMeeter 
     – For MacOS: Loopback (or SoundFlower)
  2. Discord in order to invite and interact with your listeners or guests.
  3. A live broadcasting software to broadcast live on your radio station.

Step 1: Discord

Open Discord and create a (free) server on behalf of your radio station. This is where you’ll later be able to invite your guests in order to exchange with them.

create discord server

Once you have created your server, head over to the Voice & Video settings. 

For Mac users:

  • Input Device: select your microphone
  • Output Device: select Loopback Input (or SoundFlower)

For Windows users: 

  • Input Device: select your microphone
  • Output Device: select VoiceMeeter Input

discord live settings

Remember: When you’re ready to go live, you’ll need to head back back to Discord under Voice Channels to invite and speak to your guests. 

Step 2: Virtual Mixers

VoiceMeeter configuration (for Windows users) 

If you’re a Windows user, you’ll need to download 2 smaller software types for VoiceMeeter before making your adjustments: VB-Cable & HIFI-CABLE & ASIO-Bridge. Mac users can skip this step.

Once downloaded, you’ll need to install them. For VB-Cable, unzip the file, open the folder and simply run the VBCABLE_Setup file as an administrator and click on Install. The same thing goes for HIFI-CABLE & ASIO-Bridge, unzip the file, open the folder and launch the HIFI-CABLE_Setup file and click on Install.

Once these extensions have been installed, you’re finally ready to open VoiceMeeter.

voicemeeter configuration

In column 1, select your microphone input.
In Hardware OUT A1 (column 2), select KS: VB- Audio Hi-fi Cable.

The Virtual Input represents the sound coming from Discord. If you wish, you can lower or increase the Fader according to the volume you want.

Loopback configuration (for Mac users) 

If you’re a Mac user, you’ll need to open Loopback and add 2 different sources: Discord and your microphone. Don’t forget to uncheck the “Mute when capturing” option for Discord.

loopback configuration

Note: the free trial version of Loopback allows you to use the service for 20 minutes before the audio quality decreases. You can purchase the full version here.

Step 3: Live Broadcasting Software

It’s time to open up your preferred live broadcasting software, but before you broadcast live, you’re going to need to make a couple of adjustments. Head over to the Audio Input/Output field of your chosen software.

In the Input Device field:

  • For Windows, select HI-FI Cable Output 
  • For Mac, select Loopback

Here’s an example of the input settings in BUTT for Mac users

butt discord live

All your settings are now complete! The audio from your Discord server will go through your virtual mixer (Loopback or Voicemeeter) which, in turn, will be the audio input for your live broadcasting software.

Now all that’s left to do is to go live on your radio station with your guests. Happy broadcasting!

start radio station
  • Vasilis

    Hello and thanks for the advice
    Although I would like to look for more clarifications
    I did everything of the above steps but still I don’t understand how to connect with another guest on my broadcast radio.

    Thanks
    Vasilis

    • Anais

      Hi there, thanks for the message! Your guests will participate via Discord. Once you have configured Discord and Voicemeeter, you will need to launch your live broadcasting software. Under the input/output settings of your live broadcasting software, select HI-FI Cable Output. This will take the audio from your discord session. You can then start broadcasting live via your chosen broadcasting software!