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Discord Audio Settings You Need To Know

Make chatting on Discord easy, by learning the best audio settings to get crystal clear sound!

Discord is one of the best services around for hosting voice and video chats with your friends, and serves as a home for just about every type of community you can think of. To function as a global communication platform the audio quality needs to be tip top, which is why Discord has a number of settings that you can adjust to optimize your sound. In this article we’ll show you the Discord audio settings you need to know.

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How do you manage sound on Discord?

Discord voice channels are places where you can communicate with others. You’ll find voice channels inside servers, and you’ll need to click into them to start voice chat.

After tapping Connect to Voice, you will be connected to the channel and returned to the home page. A green dot next to “Voice” indicates that your connection is successful. Now you can start to manage your sound on Discord!

Discord Audio Settings You Need To Know

How to set up sound settings on discord

When you open up Discord, all the sound settings are set to default. Many of you will find that the default settings work for you, but they won’t suit every user, and there’s always room for improvement!

Intro to Discord Settings

To make any changes to your audio on Discord you’re first going to need to know how to access the sound settings. Let’s take a look at how to do that.

How do I get to Discord sound settings?

When you open up Discord, you’ll see a gear icon on the bottom left of the screen beside your username. Clicking this brings you through to the User Settings page, where you can find all the sound settings you need in the Voice & Video tab, under the App Settings subcategory.

In Voice Settings, you can make sure that your input and output devices are set up correctly. An input device like a microphone receives sound, whereas output devices like speakers or headphones play sound. 

Discord Audio Settings You Need To Know

Input Sensitivity configuration

There are two voice input modes in Discord: Push to Talk (PTT) and Voice Activity. Push to Talk only allows audio through if you press and hold a dedicated “PTT key”. Voice Activity is the more common setting, and it instructs Discord to allow audio through whenever it detects any voice activity.

Input sensitivity refers to how much sound Discord needs to pick up from your mic to start sending it to the channel. With the “Automatically Determine Input Sensitivity” function selected, Discord will adjust your mic to an ideal level based on the volume of the sounds it’s receiving. This normally works, but sometimes it can be confused by background noise or large spikes in speaking volume.

By unchecking the box, you’re selecting to decide the input sensitivity for your mic manually. If you're using Discord for one-on-one or small group calls, set the slider very low, and Discord will pick up everything. If you're in a 20-person raid, set it higher so you only broadcast when speaking.

Advanced Voice & Video Settings

In the Advanced section of the Voice & Video settings tab, you’ll find a host of features that you can use to optimize your sound on Discord. Let’s run through them and explain what they do.

Discord Audio Settings You Need To Know

Noise suppression

The quality of your sound on Discord can be improved by enabling Noise Suppression, which reduces any unwanted noise that’s being picked up by your microphone. With Noise Suppression enabled, Discord will start filtering out background sounds.

Echo Cancellation & Noise Reduction 

Similar to a reverb remover, Echo Cancellation interprets your audio signal and reduces the echo or room ambience around your voice. Unless you’re using Discord in a cathedral, it’s best to keep this feature switched off.

Likewise, there’s not much benefit from turning Noise Reduction on in Discord. Noise Reduction isolates and reduces the unnecessary part of noisy audio signals, but in general it tends to make your voice sound overprocessed and unclear; unless you use a bespoke noise removal plugin

Discord Audio Settings You Need To Know

Automatic Gain Control 

This is a feature that attempts to regulate the volume of your audio signals, decreasing it or amplifying it based on certain feedback. Notice how we said “attempts”? Automatic Gain Control can sometimes overreact to certain situations and signal strengths, so it’s recommended to keep it switched off. If your mic is clipping, turn the input volume down!

Quality of Service 

If you have an unreliable internet connection, you should make sure that the Enable Quality of Service High Packet Priority option is switched on. This helps to transmit information from Discord, and should fix bandwidth related issues. 

Attenuation 

This is a feature that allows your voice to be heard clearly and consistently when there’s other audio playing from your device, such as background music. You can adjust the Attenuation slider on Discord to set how much of the other signal is attenuated, or “ducked”. At 0%, no reduction will occur. 

Discord Audio Settings You Need To Know

Optimal Windows audio settings for Discord and Gaming

If you’re using Discord for gaming, there are a few adjustments you can make to the sound settings on Windows to get the best possible audio performance.

First, make sure that your input and output devices are set to your main audio device. In the Advanced sound settings on Windows, you can assign the Input and Output devices for each application, as well as adjust the volume. You’ll want to leave your levels at default though, unless you have an issue with the gain on your microphone.

Next, make sure that there are no enhancements being applied to your speakers. These enhancements will make no difference to audio quality on Discord, and may actually make voices harder to hear. You’ll find a Disable all enhancements option in the Enhancements tab of the Speaker Properties menu.

Discord Audio Settings You Need To Know

Chatting and sharing content on Discord is fun, but it’s even more fun when you’re getting the best possible sound from your microphone and speakers. Now that you know the best sound settings for Discord, we hope that you enjoy crystal clear audio every time you use it. If not, check out our audio troubleshooting guide to Discord for more helpful tips!

October 14, 2021
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