Discord is the platform many gamers around the world have chosen as their default place to communicate. And we can understand why because the service is outstanding. Additionally, businesses tend to use Discord as well. Not a lot, but the number is ever-growing.
Now, while the platform is quite impressive, it does have its own share of issues. For example, there are times when the audio does not work as intended. So, what do we do when this happens? Well, there are quite a few options to take.
Why is my Discord audio so bad?
There are several reasons why your Discord audio is not working as intended. You see, it is possible everything is linked to a defective speaker on your computer or a faulty headset. In other situations, it could be down to a less than adequate device, and this is where Discord audio features could come into play.
How to improve Discord audio quality on Windows PC
Having many problems with audio when using Discord is a pain. The information below will aid in you having a good time:
- Turn on Noise Suppression
- Choose a different Bitrate
- Make changes to the Advanced Voice Processing settings
- Activate Push to Talk
1] Turn on Noise Suppression
If you want to reduce background noise, we suggest taking advantage of the Noise Suppression feature that works quite well. The thing is, it will not completely reduce background noise, but it can dampen the noise just enough for others not to hear.
For those who want to enable Noise Suppression, please navigate to the Settings area and choose Voice and Video from there. Scroll until you come across the Noise Suppression feature. Make sure it is toggled to on, and from now on, Discord will be sure to block background noise.
2] Choose a different Bitrate
The bitrate determines the quality of the audio. The higher the bitrate, the better the quality. But not only that, it will increase your data throughput. So, if you have a data cap, you may not want to increase your bitrate at all.
OK, to choose a different bitrate, the user must hover over a channel and then select Edit Channel. Next, you should see the bitrate slider for that channel. Drag it down to decrease and up to increase. Save your changes, and that’s it.
Bear in mind that all Discord channels support bitrates from 8kbps to 96kbps. However, if enough Nitro Boost is available, users can access 128, 256, and 384kbps.
3] Make changes to the Advanced Voice Processing settings
Users with microphone input problems on Discord can clear up much of their issues by simply using advanced voice processing features. With this feature activated, your cheap mic can sound like something more on the professional side.
To do this, navigate to Settings > Voice & Video. Scroll down until you’ve come across Voice Processing, and make sure Echo Cancellation is enabled. You will also want to toggle on both Automatic Gain Control and Advanced Voice Activity.
Bear in mind that if noise suppression is turned on, it will automatically be disabled when these features are active.
4] Activate Push to Talk
Not everyone might know this, but Discord supports Push to Talk. This is a great feature because instead of others constantly hearing what is going on your end, it is possible to simply press a button when you’re ready to talk.
Basically, this feature ensures unwanted sound never escapes through your mic unless you want it to.
Enable this feature by going to Settings > Voice and Video > Push to Talk. Once there, select the Shortcut option and choose which key you want to use to effectively use Push to Talk.
Does Discord Nitro improve audio quality?
This is one of the most asked questions on the web in regards to Nitro. We can say for certain that there are some improvements, but are they worth the money? Now, that is the real question.
Here’s the thing, if you are not an active member of a server, then we suggest saving your hard-earned cash. Simply playing video games on Discord does not warrant spending big on audio improvement. Still, if this is something you really want to do, then knock yourself out.
How to download the Discord app
Downloading the Discord app is very simple. You can visit the official website to locate the Windows 10 app. However, it would be best to go to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store to get it on Android and iOS, respectively.