Ventrilo 3.0 Released (finally…)

November 16, 2007

In spite of what the front page says, Ventrilo (excellent VoIP solution, I host through NationVoice, but you can host your own for free as well… very clear, good software, and runs flawlessly with DirectSound over every game I’ve ever played).

Here’s a few of the changes that stand out:

  • Modified sound system to remove 99% of clicks at the start and stop of a voice stream. Carry over from 2.3.2.Beta.3
  • Changes made in Setup or any of the SFX windows are applied immediately after pressing the OK button to any current voice streams. No longer need to Check/Uncheck “Mute Sound”.
  • New and (and some existing) default sound event wave files have been updated and are more pleasing to the ear. Thanks to TJ Powell Publishing (
  • No more freight train sound whenever someone connects! 😀
  • Modified control panel buttons to work properly on Vista. Note: These buttons still do not work properly on 64Bit XP, 64Bit Win2003 and 64Bit Vista. In these cases you will need to open the control panels manually.
    • Ehh, I need to test this more; I didn’t have any troubles with Vista Ultimate x64.
  • Version 3.0 introduces per channel codecs. When the server has been configured to enable this feature a channel admin can select a specific codec for any given channel or they can use the server defined default.
  • Hardware Overlay is new with version 3.0. It is a mechanism that allows status information about the Ventrilo client to be displayed over the top of the standard screen. For example, if you are playing a game then an ordinary desktop program like Ventrilo can not display information on top of the game if it’s running in full-screen mode without disrupting the keyboard and mouse focus.
  • Click here for the full 3.0 change log.  If you use a hosted solution, like NationVoice, be sure that your host has upgraded to 3.0 before upgrading your client.  You should have received an email from the provider informing you of the change.

    Note: It still requires “Run as Administrator” in Vista for the PTT key to work inside games.


    1. Peter
      November 30, 2007 at 1:58 pm

      64-bit compliance?
      Cant even get the client (3.01) to connect on Vista 64-bit (business).
      (Server is 2k3 32-bit, 3.0.2 version)

    2. November 30, 2007 at 2:03 pm


      I’m running 3.01 on Vista 64-bit Ultimate; I haven’t tried it on business yet, but there shouldn’t be a code-base difference. It works beautifully–no hiccups like the prior 2.3 version had.

      Does it throw an error or just not start?

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