Mumble

Mumble 1.3

Free
High quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming

Mumble is a voice over IP client specially meant for gamers. The tool has a very simple yet plain interface. Luckily, there is a configuration wizard that takes you through some necessary steps, such as adjusting sound source, quality and volume, choosing output and input devices as well as creating a connection certificate.

Before using the tool, you may want to configure some other aspects. For example, it is possible to change the interface mode or change its appearance by using themes. You can also set the program’s window to appear as an overlay on your screen. This way, you can still use the tool when you are playing in full-screen mode.

Once installed and configured, the program can detect the chat servers available as public, but it also lets you use a specific one. Next, you can create or start a new channel for others to join you. It is even possible to create your own server, but this would require paying for hosting. One thing most users like from Mumble is that it can make the voices seem to come from the location of the characters. Similarly, it is possible to record your conversations.

Much of the quality of the voice connection logically depends on the available bandwidth and the server being used. In general, Mumble behaves quite stable, mostly if you adjust voice quality to your specific conditions.

All in all, no wonder many people connect through Mumble to make their gaming a more enjoyable experience. Luckily, the product is open-source and there are multiple free chat servers available out there.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • Good quality low-latency voice chat
  • Allows recording conversations
  • Positional audio
  • Configuration wizards

Cons

  • Plain interface
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