Thanks for that terry.
I got a lot to say so lemme try to condense it to be as short as i can.
First a teeny bit of back story. I’m a streamer who is as a lot of streamers broke(this is why ive not set up a proper hardware mixer). Im using OBS to send out the stream and capture the audio that i have mixed through voicemeeter banana. I learned about cantabile and love it but the current problem and the key binding issue are big issues for me atm. Also i already have set up the asio thing. However, i dont think asio is needed for that is it? All i know is i tick the in 1 left and right patch inserts i think, to get my audio into cantabile pre fader and back out to voicemeeter and it sort of works.
The main problem im having is that for some reason when im trying to use my VST plugins with cantabile (and now minihost modular standalone from the fl studio ppl too) I get this nasty distortion when talking at high levels/volumes. I can scream into my mic with voicmeeter and OBS and the VST plugins within OBS can do its thing just fine (reacomp compressor, reafir subtractive eq) but when i try to use cantabile or minihost when i hit a specific level or volume the audio just gets distorted i dont even have to be raising my voice to get the audio completely just disgusting.
The reason i need vst not in OBS is so i can try to apply key binding to enable/disable specific vst’s on the fly like reverb, also so that my community that is in the discord with me live can hear the effects of the vst plugins.
This next bit is sort of unrelated but another issue im totally overwhelmed by rn. Spent 2 days trying to set this all up and am about to spend all of today trying again to setup what i need but with asio.
My other issue lately has been a ton of crackling and mild audio drop outs or pops which i get but luckily doesnt seem to get through to the stream, but what does happen is i get some glitches and audio leaks caught in the stream that i just cant have. I tried making the switch to asio4all with voicemeeter but i cant find any videos that explain how to use asio4all or anything like that to allow me to do what im doing with VMB currently, I have 3 different inputs alongside my windows audio that im trying to capture and send to OBS on individual tracks for mixing live and post. I also have one of those inputs set up to not be captured by stream but only be heard by me for alerts, notifications, laptop stuff i need to hear. Im using on board sound card from my asus rampage IV gene board to take all the inputs and outputs im using.
Heres something interesting tho as i tried figuring out what was wrong i stumbled across an old step i used to do for troubleshooting some audio issues in the past. I actually dont fully understand what im even looking at but the red is bad. I did manage to get this down to all green but thats when im not running everything i have running when im live streaming to twitch and other places.