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Vent, Teamspeak, or mumble.

CyrondinCyrondin I bring the sick beats on you, brotherChicago, ILRegistered User regular
edited July 2012 in Help / Advice Forum
Hello, I am starting a guild in guild wars 2. And I am wondering what voice communication program will be the best.

I know how to use vent, I haven't used TS since the days before wow, and mumble I used a bit in my short time in SWTOR. What will be the best, I am thinking of vent for the fact that I know the system. Any advice is helpful.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Depends, what are your goals, and do you plan to invite random people into your speech program? Vent is almost a given that everyone has it and knows how to use it. TS and mumble less so, but they're free-er to run. Vent has a premium associated with it past 5 users.

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  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    Vent is the easiest to use as far as I'm concerned. Mumble doesn't (imo) really bring anything to the table that vent doesn't, and it's normalization is obnoxious. Just anecdotally, I've seen people have way more problems getting mumble set up than I ever have with vent.

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  • CyrondinCyrondin I bring the sick beats on you, brother Chicago, ILRegistered User regular
    People can invite friends, but people must ask first. i am leaning to vent since i know how to use it.

    and i do agree with nasty pig.

  • NobodyNobody Registered User regular
    edited July 2012
    I used Teamspeak a long time ago, so I can't comment on it as it may have been a really old version.

    Most of the guilds in WoW I've been in used Vent, it seems to be the standard for most groups, and I'd hazard a guess it's just as popular with other games.

    My current guild uses Mumble, it requires a lot more to set up than Vent, and you're less likely to find people who have it (in other words, if you have to pull in people and require that they get into the voicechat, be prepared to take around 20 minutes waiting for them to get into the server).

    I've also seen people ingame talking about a system called "Raidcall," but I can't comment on this one either other than I've seen it used just as much as Mumble.

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  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    There's also a beta of a new prog called C3, made by vivox. For small groups, it's my favorite so far. Easy volume adjustment (sliders under each name), history of rooms, nice permissions etc.
    Not sure how well it would work for a guild though.

  • DraygoDraygo Registered User regular
    edited July 2012
    The current trends are pushing mumble and ts3's way. Considering you are in the beta you can hop onto the penny arcade teamspeak 3 server and see how you like it.

    Vent lacks a lot of features the newer version of teamspeak has and what mumble brings to the table. all three are free for the user to download and all three of them are very easy to setup.

    As far as server side, vent is very strictly controlled you cannot have a private server with more than 8 people in it. Teamspeak is free up to 32 users without a Non-profit license. NP license expands that to 500 users and 10 virtual servers, but there are some strict restrictions, no ads on your guild website is one of them. If you want to run ads to support your expenses then you will have to get a paid license. Mumble is completely free head to toe, its an open sourced solution.

    I dont like c3's interface at all. Its bulky and takes up a lot of room. I can get teamspeak, vent, and mumble down to very minimalist space pretty easily. Although it is advertised as having a more features than the other programs, i simply dont see it. It will be interesting how it develops, but I dont see it as a strong contender at this point. I'm sure in the future ill give it another shot. Teamspeak has options to automatically balance everyone in the room for you, so you dont even have to play with volume sliders.

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  • EsseeEssee The pinkest of hair. Victoria, BCRegistered User regular
    I liked Mumble a lot when I tried it, but I didn't set it up so I don't know about that aspect. I definitely liked it better than Vent, and maybe better than Teamspeak as well, though I don't remember TS very well. Vent is probably my least favorite though. It's okay, but I feel like it's a bit dated.

  • BradicusMaximusBradicusMaximus Pssssssssyyyyyyyy duckRegistered User regular
    Mumble can be a pain to set up but is by far the best out of the three. Little to no delay and amaaaaazing quality. Vent was our go-to before mumble. Just avoid TS.

  • CycloneRangerCycloneRanger Registered User regular
    Don't know if it matters for Guild Wars, but I think Mumble tends to scale better for large groups. We'll sometimes pass a thousand users in EVE on the GSF mumble server, all listening in the same channel.

    In general, I prefer Mumble anyway--it's a little more minimalistic and cleaner. I do not know how it compares in terms of setup, though, or what kind of hosting you'd need.

  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    Mumble is about as fast as a phone call and sounds cleaner to me than vent does, but unless things have changed it can be a bit problematic for Mac users. A fellow I used to raid with couldn't get it running to save his life (or ours, yay healers with tech issues). Native overlay is nice too. Vent is far and away the most common of the three, though. Teamspeak is alright these days.

  • CyrondinCyrondin I bring the sick beats on you, brother Chicago, ILRegistered User regular
    thank you for the help, today my cusion said that he will allow me to use his vent, i think i will take up the offer at least until my guild grows toobig to share. but depending on what sever is hot durring gw2 i will use.

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