Watching different lectures on YouTube, the problem is some of them are recorded poorly with so much noise in the background. So I've been thinking about a way that lets me first put a gate plugin (REAPER's ReaGate) and then compression (REAPER's ReaComp) on Windows 10 master audio output, so that I can control the audio in real time. In short I'd like to be able to put NOISE GATE, COMPRESSION, DE-ESSING in real time on the master output of Windows 10 audio. Yes, Windows has some loudness and eq effect built in, but they don't give me the amount of control I'd like to have. I'm using the built in audio of my Asus P5K motherboard from 2008. I've installed Virtual Audio Cable, VB-CABLE and Jack Audio, and when I switch to them in Windows Sound Settings, none of them seem to output the sound of the video being played, but when I switch to Realtek HD Audio, the sound works. But those three programs won't output the sound. I don't know where the problem is.

  • How do you tell that the virtual devices don’t output audio? What exactly did you do (=every operation and mouse click), what happened, and what did you expect to happen? This will very quickly be about Windows and computer troubleshooting and not at all about music, so Superuser might be the proper place to deal with the rest of the details. Jan 25, 2020 at 11:52

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You could try using a virtual "loopback" audio device as the system's default audio output for applications and redirect its audio into your DAW (Reaper) for processing.

(applications) ==> virtual sound card ==> DAW with plugins ==> real sound card output

That's how I do it in Mac with the SoundFlower virtual audio device. I have not tried this in Windows, but apparently there is similar virtual audio device software available: https://superuser.com/questions/117625/how-to-create-a-virtual-audio-device-and-stream-audio-input-with-it

  • These days on Mac I use either Audio Hijack or more frequently recently SoundSource which basically let you patch any source through any plugin[s] to any output & can use any AU plugs you have, built-in or 3rd party.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 26, 2020 at 7:30

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