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      Audio, Microphones, and You

      Hey guys,

      I’ve recently noticed that there are a few people within our community who have less than ideal audio setups, which often leads to frustration when having to listen to garbled background noise.

      This post is meant to serve as a reference point for people to optimise their setups so that they minimise disruption while on our voice servers; you should double check points highlighted below to ensure that you aren’t causing any issues. There are a couple of tweaks I have included below that everyone should ensure that they have applied.

      If anyone has any suggestions or would like to add to anything I have said below, please respond so that we can have a nice bank of information everyone can reference to come the release of Battlefield 1.


      Windows Sound Settings
      Right-clicking on the sound icon in your taskbar should give you the option to access Recording devices. Within this dialog box, you can see all of the devices Windows recognises as being able to record sound.

      Accessing the properties menu for your device allows you to customise the sensitivity, adjustments, and other miscellaneous options in order to minimise disruption while online with others.

      While on the properties dialog, you can adjust the audio level your microphone transmits at by accessing the Levels tab. This is essential to do when setting up your microphone as it ensures that others do not have to adjust your volume level on their end. Additionally, if you find that your microphone struggles to pick up audio properly, you can boost the level it transmits at to ensure that you come through at an appropriate level.

      Another essential tweak on the properties dialog, is under the Advanced tab where you can allow applications to take control of your device. By having this enabled, it can cause issues where your volume level fluctuates due to different programs attempted to enforce their own settings onto it. You should disable this option so that you don’t run into such an issue.

      Lastly for this section, under the sound settings dialog box there is a tab called Communications. This tab is the source for a really annoying tweak Windows applies when it detects what it considers a phone call coming through your audio. Basically, once it detects this "phone call", it reduces the volume of your audio output. Set the option on this screen to Do Nothing.


      Teamspeak Sound Settings
      Right-clicking on Settings > Options > Capture will bring up your teamspeak audio settings. If you are using voice activation, you will need to adjust your levels. Hit begin test and speak. You want to set the level around 5-10 below the volume of your voice. Having this set too low will allow unintended transmission through. All audio setups are unique, so ensure that you find an appropriate level that does not transmit background noise.

      If you are using push to talk, make sure you turn on “Voice activation Detection While Using Push-To-Talk”. This will cut out a lot of unwanted noise as it combines push to talk with voice activation, adding another level of protection against transmitting white noise.


      Suggested Headsets/Microphones Setups
      There are a large number of recording devices that one can use while on teamspeak; it all comes down to personal preference, setup, and budget. Below are a few examples of standalone microphones that can be considered for use (useful if you want to get a pair of headphones and require a separate recording device).

      Zalman Microphone ZM-MIC 1 ($12)
      https://www.pccasegear.com/products/...hone-zm-mic-1/

      Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone Silver ($179)
      https://www.pccasegear.com/products/...ophone-silver/

      Blue Microphones Yeti Pro USB Microphone ($365)
      https://www.pccasegear.com/products/...usb-microphone

      Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1 Open Air Gaming Headset ($239)
      https://www.pccasegear.com/products/...gaming-headset

      SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset - White ($110)
      https://www.mwave.com.au/product/ste...-white-ab69637

      Sennheiser GSP 300 Over-ear Gaming Headset ($180)
      https://www.mwave.com.au/product/sen...eadset-ab86810

      Pop Filter (~ $10) - Recommended if you use a dedicated microphone
      https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Studio...3684983&sr=1-1
      Last edited by Voltstriker; 25-09-2016 at 11:21 PM.
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