Voice

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Voice is the ability to speak and hear other Residents in Second Life. See Voice Mentors: Getting Started with Voice for some introductory information.

Frequently Asked Questions

There's an exhaustive Voice FAQ which provides answers to many questions about the new voice feature.

Groups

The Voice Mentors group and Voice in SL: A Community Forum are advocacy and help groups for users having problems adjusting to the new system.

Settings

You can set your preferences directly in your Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\SecondLife\user_settings\settings.xml file, or you can set them from the viewer.

Some settings can be made through the UI panels, but all can be set from the advanced menu.

If you haven't already done so, you enable the Advanced menu using

  • PC - Ctrl-Alt-D
  • Mac - Ctrl-⌥ Alt-D
KBnote.png Note: In some cases, there may be a shortcut conflict with another application. In which case, hold down Ctrl-Alt-⇧ Shift-D.
(not to be confused with Ctrl-Alt-Del).

Then select:

Advanced -> Debug Settings

Note: If you are on Mac OS X, this key combination can possibly hide your Dock. If this happens, click the Apple icon (upper left) then click Dock, then click Turn Hiding Off.


to get the Debug Settings window. In the selection box, hit the triangle to bring up the list of debug variables and select the setting that you wish to change.

Here is a list of settings relating to Voice chat together with their default values and descriptions.


AudioLevelMic
1.0
Audio level of microphone input
AudioLevelVoice
1.0
Audio level of voice chat
EnablePushToTalk
TRUE
Must hold down a key or moouse button when talking into your microphone
EnableVoiceChat
FALSE
Enable talking to other Residents with a microphone
Mute Voice (starting in version 1.19.0)
FALSE
Voice plays at 0 volume (streaming audio still takes up bandwidth)
FloaterActiveSpeakersRect
0 300 250 0
Rectangle for active speakers window
OverdrivenColor
1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Color of various indicators when Resident is speaking too loud.
PushToTalkButton
MiddleMouse
Which button or keyboard key is used for push-to-talk
PushToTalkToggle
FALSE
Should the push-to-talk button behave as a toggle
ShowVoiceChannelPopup (starting in version 1.19.0)
FALSE
Controls visibility of the current voice channel popup above the voice tab
SpeakingColor
0.0 1.0 0.0 1.0
Color of various indicators when Resident is speaking on a voice channel.
VivoxDebugLevel
-1
Logging level to use when launching the vivox daemon
VivoxDebugServerName
bhd.vivox.com
Hostname of the vivox account server to use for voice when not connected to Agni.
VoiceCallsFriendsOnly
FALSE
Only accept voice calls from Residents on your friends list
VoiceEarLocation
0
Location of the virtual ear for voice
VoiceHost
127.0.0.1
Client SLVoice host to connect to
VoiceImageLevel0
041ee5a0-cb6a-9ac5-6e49-41e9320507d5
Texture UUID for voice image level 0
VoiceImageLevel1
29de489d-0491-fb00-7dab-f9e686d31e83
Texture UUID for voice image level 1
VoiceImageLevel2
29de489d-0491-fb00-7dab-f9e686d31e83
Texture UUID for voice image level 2
VoiceImageLevel3
29de489d-0491-fb00-7dab-f9e686d31e83
Texture UUID for voice image level 3
VoiceImageLevel4
29de489d-0491-fb00-7dab-f9e686d31e83
Texture UUID for voice image level 4
VoiceImageLevel5
29de489d-0491-fb00-7dab-f9e686d31e83
Texture UUID for voice image level 5
VoiceImageLevel6
29de489d-0491-fb00-7dab-f9e686d31e83
Texture UUID for voice image level 6
VoiceInputAudioDevice
Default
Audio input device to use for voice
VoiceOutputAudioDevice
Default
Audio output device to use for voice
VoicePort
44124
Client SLVoice port to connect to
WarnFirstVoice
FALSE
Enables FirstVoice warning dialog

Recording

See Torley Linden's page on Voice recording

LipSync

See the LipSync page for information on lip sync for voice chat.

Technical

Voice in Second Life uses Vivox technology that is based on RTP (using the oRTP library), SIP (using the amsip library from Antisip), OpenAL, TinyXPath, OpenSSL, and libcurl for the transmission of voice data. The positional 3D audio is achieved with technology from DiamondWare. These technologies are contained in external daemon software that is started and stopped by the Second Life client.

For more details, see the Voice/Technical page, or have a look at the official ViVox documentation on the JIRA.