Sometimes meeting new people can be serendipitous…for me…for them…or for both of us. I’ve met a lot of people thanks to using SoniXCast, and it so happens that not long before I made a new friend in Rich, I discovered something that quickly solved an issue he ran into today.
Short version, when trying out Voicemeeter Banana (something I highly recommend if you want to have control of where sound comes and goes on your Windows computer)…I discovered SAM Broadcaster can be picky about what you choose as an output device. (I cannot remember the exact combination, but I don’t think it like me using Voicemeeter as an input to SAM if I didn’t use another part of Voicemeeter as an output.
The symptom was simple, but illogical (and catastrophic). A song would be in SAM Broadcaster…the play button pressed…but not playing. No, the issue wasn’t with the sound…the song wasn’t “moving” (its time staying still). Pause and unpause didn’t do anything.
But changing the sound output choice did.
Well, when he described what he was running into after the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition upgrade, it was the same thing and I suggested he check the output sound device setting in SAM (along with whatever was set as the default in Windows). It was the former that got changed (SAM Broadcaster output device).
How do you check your sound setting in SAM? The easiest way is to look for one of the EQ buttons (e.g. on the Voice FX area):
Then choose Output:
And check the “Output device” (changing it if needed):
Voila! Unstuck song in the player! 🙂
P.S. I think I actually ran into the same thing when I did the upgrade, but it was on a brand new computer…so I was playing with all the settings anyway. Also, as you can see from the last image, I do use Voicemeeter Banana. I use it for two reasons: (1) To change a single channel microphone into two channels and (2) to take Skype and Google Voice calls. Maybe I’ll write an article about it sometime. 🙂