Discord is great for voice chat, but you might need to change a few settings to correct static, background noise, and poor audio quality. Here’s how to choose your sound device and make sure you use crystal clear.
In Discord, open the Settings menu by clicking on the gear icon next to your name and avatar in the lower left.
To select the microphone or Headset Discord to be used, open the drop-down menu under “Input Devices”. Select the device you want to configure. If you choose the default settings, Discord will be subject to whatever microphone is set as the default for your operating system.
If your microphone is too loud, click and drag the slider under “Volume Input” to the appropriate level. You can test the current volume and quality of your microphone or headset by clicking the “Let’s Check” button below the Mic Test.
By default, Discord will activate your microphone when it detects noise. You can change this setting to push-to-talk, which will turn on your microphone only when you decide to press the appropriate button. Change this setting by checking the boxes for “Voice Activity” or “Push To Talk.”
If you select “Voice Activity”, you can adjust the sensitivity of this setting. Disputes automatically determine mic sensitivity by default, but you can turn off this setting by clicking the switch. Then adjust the slider to make it more or less sensitive.
If you choose “Push To Talk”, choose which button activates your mic by clicking “Record Keybind” under “Shortcut”. Use the slider under “Push To Talk Launch Delay” to increase or decrease the delay between when you release the push-to-talk button and when your microphone is completely deactivated. Finally, you can add additional push-to-talk shortcut keys by clicking “Keybind Settings”.
Additional sound settings are available under the “Advanced” tab, which you can access by scrolling down this menu. Echo Cancellation, Noise Suppression, Automatic Gain Control, and Service Quality are all enabled by default. We recommend leaving this setting activated unless it interferes with your existing settings.
Finally, use the “Attenuation” setting to make it easier to hear your friends or yourself while talking. Add slider to increase the number of Disputes will reduce the volume of your other applications. This will apply to you or someone else on the channel, depending on how you set the two toggles below.
Remember that your voice will only be as clear as your microphone. Whether it’s a headset, desktop microphone, or directly connected to your device, this setting will help you get better sound quality through Discord.