How to Set Up Your Microphone and Headset in Discord

Discord is perfect for talking while gaming, but if your voice sounds bad, it can make the game less fun. Make your microphone sound really clear.

How to Set Up Your Microphone and Headset in Discord

Discord is excellent for talking with your voice, but sometimes you need to adjust things to get rid of strange noises, background sounds, or if your voice doesn't sound good. Here's how to pick the right microphone and headset and make sure your voice sounds really good.

How to Change Your Microphone Settings in Discord

In Discord, go to your Settings by clicking the little gear icon near your name and picture in the lower left.

How to Change Your Microphone Settings in Discord

In the Settings, find "App Settings" and click on "Voice & Video."

How to Change Your Microphone Settings in Discord

Now, you'll see some options for your microphone or headset. To pick which one Discord should use, click on the dropdown menu under "Input Device." Just choose the one you want. If you're not sure, you can go with the default, which is what your computer is set to use.

How to Change Your Microphone Settings in Discord

If your microphone sounds too loud, there's a slider under "Input Volume." You can move it to make your voice quieter or louder. To check how your microphone is doing, there's a button that says "Let's Check" under "Mic Test." Give it a try!

How to Change Your Microphone Settings in Discord

Discord usually turns on your microphone when it hears sound. You can make it work differently by making it so you have to press a key to talk instead. To do this, just check the box that says 'Voice Activity' or 'Push To Talk.'

If you choose 'Voice Activity,' you can also change how easily it turns on your microphone. By default, Discord figures this out on its own, but you can turn that off and move the slider to make it more or less sensitive.

How to Change Your Microphone Settings in Discord

If you chose 'Push To Talk,' pick the key that turns on your microphone by clicking 'Set Keybind' in the 'Shortcut' section. You can also adjust the time between when you let go of the push-to-talk key and when your mic stops working by moving the slider under 'Push To Talk Release Delay.' Lastly, you can set up more shortcut keys for push-to-talk by clicking 'Keybind Settings.'

How to Change Your Microphone Settings in Discord

You'll find more voice options in the "Advanced" section. To get there, just scroll down this menu. Things like Echo Cancellation, Noise Suppression, Automatic Gain Control, and Quality of Service are turned on when you start. It's a good idea to keep them on unless they're causing problems with your setup. If, for some reason, Krisp isn't on, go ahead and turn it on. It's great at getting rid of background noise without messing up your voice.

How to Change Your Microphone Settings in Discord

Now, let's talk about the "Attenuation" setting. This one makes it easier to hear your friends or yourself when you're talking. Slide it up to make Discord quiet down your other apps when you're chatting. You can choose whether this affects just you or everyone in the channel, depending on the two switches below.

How to Change Your Microphone Settings in Discord

Just remember, your voice quality depends on your microphone. Whether you're using a headset, a regular microphone, or the one built into your device, these settings will help you sound better on Discord.

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