More Head

I found some actual, confirmed, useful information on the World of Warcraft forums: Ventrilo Normalization.

Thrux of the Darkspear realm wrote:

Vent Normalization makes every bodies voice the exact same volume. In essence, you won’t blow your ear’s out or have difficulty hearing people.

Here’s how:

– Go to Setup

– Enable Direct Sound

– Select the SFX Button

– Select Compressor and click Add.

– Under Compressor Properties use the following settings

– Gain = Adjust for how loud you want people to be. (I use 15)

– Attack = 0.01

– Release = Around 500

– Threshold = Around -30

– Ratio = 100

– Pre delay = 4.0

I tried this last week and can report that for me, with my guild’s Ventrilo, it worked like a charm. We have this one Canadian guildmember who is prone to deepthroating his microphone so that we’ll have to rip off our headsets and shout “GODDAMMIT” in real life — plus, we have a couple of low-talkers who, for all we know, are trying to cyber us on Vent.

After making the above adjustments to my Vent setup, both extremes were comfortably audible. And no, it wasn’t cyber.


WoWHead, the pretty, shiny World of Warcraft item database, has been sold to the ZAM Network for over (an estimated, rumored) $1 million. WoWHead’s announcement is here, along with the now-typical rationalization for selling to former/current/speculated/who-knows-what associates of IGE, gold sellers to the stars.

Here’s what I say: why rationalize? It’s none of our business, frankly.

An interesting history lesson about this and prior fan site sales, including Thottbot and Allaka-adver-popups, by Ahmed Farooq, former acquisitions dude at IGE: “Hot off the Presses: Wowhead sold for over $1 million”.

Goddammit, when is somebody going to go on the record with these stories? The truth is, I can’t figure out WHAT we’ve got and until then, I have to use lots of slashed up phrases for all the “either-or’s” like estimated/rumored/speculated and current/former/not-yet-denied.