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What are the best Virtual Audio Cable alternatives?

Virtual Audio Cable is described as 'is the definitive audio routing tool for Windows that lets you redirect audio streams between applications and devices on your computer' and is a Audio Recorder in the audio & music category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Virtual Audio Cable for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, iPhone and BSD. The best alternative is VB-Audio Virtual Cable, which is free. Other great apps like Virtual Audio Cable are JACK Audio Connection Kit, VB-Audio VoiceMeeter, Soundflower and Loopback.

Virtual Audio Cable alternatives are mainly Audio Recorders but may also be Audio Routers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Virtual Audio Cable.
This page was last updated Jun 22, 2022
  • Windows

Virtual Audio Cable is the definitive audio routing tool for Windows that lets you redirect audio streams between...

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  1. VB-Audio CABLE is a Windows Audio Driver working as a Virtual Audio Cable. After installing the VB-CABLE driver, a new playback device appears in the audio device list and can be set as default device. VB-CABLE can be set as the default device, just like any regular audio device.

    Most users think VB-Audio Virtual Cable is a great alternative to Virtual Audio Cable.
  2. JACK is a professional sound server daemon that provides real-time low latency connections for both audio and MIDI data between applications that implement its API. The API can be used through either JACK1 or JACK2.

    JACK Audio Connection Kit vs Virtual Audio Cable opinions
    Some users think JACK Audio Connection Kit is a great alternative to Virtual Audio Cable, some don't.

    It does only support jack compatible applications, not virtual audio applications.

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    While JACK Audio involves a more complex setup and needs the server to be started to work, it's functionally the same as it allows audio routing between applications. Routing can be done between any app providing an option to select the JACK Audio driver.

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  3. Voicemeeter is Audio Mixer Application endowed with Virtual Audio Device used as Virtual I/O to mix and manage any audio sources from or to any audio devices or applications.

  4. Soundflower is a Mac OS X system extension that allows applications to pass audio to other applications. Soundflower is easy to use, it simply presents itself as an audio device, allowing any audio application to send and receive audio with no other support needed.

    Discontinued

    The project seems no longer developed. Last version, 2.0b2, released in December 2014, can be still downloaded from GitHub.

    Most users think Soundflower is a great alternative to Virtual Audio Cable.
  5. Create virtual audio devices to take the sound from applications and audio input devices, then send it to audio processing applications. Loopback is a software solution that provides the power of a high-end studio mixing board.

    Loopback vs Virtual Audio Cable opinions
    Most users think Loopback is a great alternative to Virtual Audio Cable.

    It's a an excellent virtual audio device solution - however it only works on the Mac platform.

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    its amazing, even better than Virtual Audio Cable

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  6. BlackHole is a modern macOS virtual audio driver that allows applications to pass audio to other applications with zero additional latency. - ExistentialAudio/BlackHole

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    Blackhole is essentially a souped up and modernized macOS version of Virtual Audio Cable, available freely as an open-source app.

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  7. Helvum

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    GTK-based patchbay for pipewire, inspired by the JACK tool catia.

  8. SoundDesk is the easiest way to turn your macOS into a professional mixing desk.

  9. Dante Via

    • Mac
    • Windows

    Dante Via is easy-to-use software that routes audio, allowing applications and devices to be networked and interconnected using the Dante audio over IP solution.

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  10. win-capture-audio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Open Broadcaster Software

    An OBS plugin that allows capture of independent application audio streams on Windows, in a similar fashion to OBS's game capture and Discord's application streaming.

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