You might have found the Automatic Gain Control option in discord while you are trying to improve your audio quality in Discord.
You can find this option in the Voice and Video section of the app settings and this option has more to do with the quality of sound than you think. So, you might wonder whether you should leave this feature on or disable it. Don’t worry, you will get all the answers in this article.
This article will help you to know more about Automatic Gain Control and will definitely help you improve the sound quality of your headset without any additional software.
What is Automatic Gain Control?
- 1 What is Automatic Gain Control?
- 2 Final Words on Automatic Gain Control in Discord and How to Disable it?
Let’s not focus on Discord for a while and learn what Automatic Gain Control itself is?
Automatic Gain Control also known as AGC is an audio preprocessor that adjusts and regulates the loudness of an amplifier or a chain of amplifiers. Cell phone signal boosters used this type of circuit.
If you find the above definition complicated, don’t worry we will make it more simpler for you so that you can understand it.
Just imagine, you see your friend across the street but both of you can’t come to the other side of the street due to the heavy traffic at that moment. So, you start talking with him and wait for the right moment to go to the other side.
Since you are 20 feet far, you have to talk loud so that your friend can hear you and understand everything you are saying. After a few minutes, the road is clear.
Now, your friend starts crossing the road towards you and as he is getting closer and closer to you, you automatically start to lower down your voice. You will probably do this without even realizing it.
Well, the Automatic Gain Control also works on the same principle but with cell phone signals. It has a vital role in maintaining the signal booster’s performance of your cell phone. With the help of AGC, you would have the same audio quality when making long-distance calls.
I hope you now have knowledge about Automatic Gain Control and how it works? Now let’s talk about how it finds itself on Discord and does it have the same role?
What Does Automatic Gain Control Mean on Discord?
As you know, Discord helps gamers to connect with each other from all around the world by allowing them to talk to one another while playing games.
Sometimes, people that are talking on the same Discord channel are not from the same continents. So, keeping that in mind, a system that regulates their shared audio signals is necessary. This system will amplify or decrease their audio signals as needed.
Automatic Gain Control (AGC) is a logical solution. It has the same basic role but it has been used in a lit bit different way to fulfill the purpose of the platform. Even though its benefits are obvious, it could also do the very opposite of what it is supposed to. In other words, it could also lower your audio quality while you are in-game.
Should you keep Automatic Gain Control enabled or disabled on Discord?
The Automatic Gain Control feature in discord has turned out to be quite a troublemaker. The reasons are obvious why developers have decided to include but the feedback of the players tells a whole different story.
There are many cases where users complained that the volume is being automatically lowered when they are talking to someone, it also occurs while they are in-game. The answer is still not clear why that is happening but it could be because of the misinterprets of certain situations and signal strengths by AGC.
It might be not a problem for you if you are just playing a game with your friends but if you are recording your video and audio for other purposes like YouTube videos then this might seriously compromise your content quality.
So, if you notice that your sound quality and volume frequently fluctuate while talking on discord then try to disable the Automatic Gain Control option.
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How to disable the Automatic Gain Control option?
Follow the following simple steps to disable it:
- Open Discord app or Discord Online (it works on both).
- Now, click on settings from the bottom-left corner of your screen.
- The new window will open which contains a set of adjustable options.
- Click on Voice and Video.
- Scroll down below and toggle Automatic Gain Control off.
After you disable AGC in discord, again check if the problem still persists.
Disable AGC for Microphone in Windows 10 (Optional)
If your mic is very much capable of reducing background noise then you can prevent apps to control the AGC of your microphone.
Follow these steps to set AGC off for Microphone in Windows 10:
- First, go to the control panel.
- Click on Hardware and Sound.
- Click on Sound.
- Click on the recording tab.
- After that, select the microphone and then click on properties.
- Click on the advanced tab in Mic properties.
- Now, uncheck the “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device” option.
- Click on Apply and Ok.
After disabling, any app will not be able to manipulate your mic input. Although, it is good to keep the option turned on. Windows also used to come previously with a dedicated AGC option in microphone properties.
Final Words on Automatic Gain Control in Discord and How to Disable it?
Congratulations, now you know what AGC (Automatic Gain Control) is and how it affects signals on Discord. After reading this article, we hope you will easily solve all the issues that you are having with the volume or overall sound quality.
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