Discord is another platform for communicating and connecting with your friends and family like Facebook. It uses the VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) like every other similar application. It gives a chance of connecting to its users.
Moreover, this connection can be of any kind, it can be through calls, both video or voice, or it can be text messages. In addition, there is a unique element present in Discord. It is a private chat room for people. These chat rooms are called ‘servers‘. Also, discord runs on almost all systems, including iOS, Android, Windows, Linux, macOS, and everyday browsers.
What is Stereo Mix?
The stereo mix is used to share any kind of music or just simple sounds on your computer with the people you are connected to in any way. This is a very cool option as you do not need a microphone to record the voice of your PC anymore. That is why many people are using it now. To enable and use stereo mix on your PC you need to set it up and troubleshoot any problems that may arise.
I have been using it with Discord on my system for quite some time now by tweaking with the sound settings. I will share my experience and the tricks that I have used in order to troubleshoot the stereo mix. Hopefully, it will be helpful for you.
Using Stereo Mix on Discord
It can be a little tricky to use the stereo mix on Discord. The reason for this is that you may need extra knowledge other than the stereo mix’s information. To use it, you should have knowledge of the audio features of your system. You can enable the stereo mix option by going to the settings of your PC.
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Let’s try and understand that first.
Enabling Stereo Mix on PC to use with Discord
As discussed earlier, you have to first enable the stereo mix option in the settings of your system to use it with any other application. To do this,
- Go to the desktop of our PC or laptop screen.
- Scroll toward the audio icon on the desktop and right click on it.
- On the resulting menu, scroll to the recording devices and click on it.
- On the sound window, scroll to the Recording tab and click on it if you are not on it already.
- Under the “Select a recording device” option, right-click in the empty area.
- After completing the above steps, make sure that Show Disconnected Devices and Show Disabled Devices, both these options are turned on in the settings.
- Finally, you will be able to see the Stereo Mix option available in the picture that is greyed out.
- Right click on the Stereo Mix and click on Enable.
If you follow these steps you should be able to enable the stereo mix option successfully on your system.
However, if you still do not see the stereo mix option on your screen, it may be happening because your system’s drivers are out of date. In some cases, new updates are installed which do not support these sound settings on the system.
Set Discord Stereo Mix for Game Audio
After successfully enabling the stereo mix option on your system you are now ready to enable it. This will allow you to use the the stereo mix feature on the app.
To do this,
- Firstly, Go to the discord settings
- Open the discord audio options
- Further, select your microphone from the list that shows up.
- In your microphone list, there will be the Stereo Mix option available.
- Select this option and you are good to go.
There, you just set up the stereo mix option on Discord that had you troubled. It was simple and easy. However, in some cases it does not show up despite all the scrolling and searching through sound settings.
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In this case, you may be missing certain drivers or out dated drivers. For instance, in Asus Eee PC, the audio chipset does not support the stereo mix option. In such a case, the best solution is to download the older versions of drivers which are compatible with your system. In the above case, older Windows XP/Vista drivers worked just fine for the device audio chipset.
After you have set up the stereo mix completely there may still be some issues that might arise in the audio or the setting. I have addressed these issues for you below.
Stereo Mix does not pick computer sound/audio
If you have completed all the above steps then you can be sure that the device is showing in your settings or on your screen. So that is one step of the work done. The remaining part is easy. You have the device connected but it is not producing sound or the PC is not picking it up. It can be due to several reasons. I will explain them one by one.
1. Device is not default
If the issue is that the device is not default audio device, you can go to the control panel and easily fix it.
- In the search bar of your PC, search the control panel and hit enter.
- Click on the Hardware and Sound.
- Hover to the Stereo Mix and right click on it.
- Set it as the default playback device.
- You can test its working by right clicking, and clicking the test option.
- The green audio bars moving up and down mean your device is now the default device.
Through these steps you can set the stereo mix as your default device and then use it with Discord as explained above all the while with clear game audio.
2. USB Microphone
The USB microphone’s is a method of stopping the sounds of the PC to be shared with apps like Discord. If you are using a USB microphone it might be the reason the computer is not picking up the sound that is generated by the audio.
To fix this you have to unplug the USB Microphone from your device and then check if the stereo mix’s sound is being picked by Discord.
If this step solves your issue then you do not have to do anything else. Just pick another microphone for your system and make sure to check if it allows the stereo mix to work with Discord like you want.
3. Listen to the Device Box
Another issue with the sound on the stereo mix can be the properties of the stereo mix. It means that you have to change some properties to make sure that it works. To do that,
- Go to the Properties of the stereo mix in the sounds of your system.
- Here, search for the Listen to device box.
- Uncheck this box as keeping it checked may cause some problems for your system.
- In this tab, fix or set the level of the volume of your stereo mix as well to avoid further problems.
- Set the loudness of the stereo mix to the amount that is preferable for you.
If you ask me, I will suggest that you keep the volume between 30 to 70%. This is not too low and not too loud for your system.
Also, do not forget to check that the system’s sound is not on mute.
Further troubleshooting mechanisms can be applied if you still have problems with the audio of the stereo mix on your discord or even without the discord.
You should not leave the auxiliary slot of the computer unplugged. This may sometimes cause issues with the audio of the stereo mix.
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It can be helpful if you plug something in that slot. An old microphone or any device that is not useful for you can be used.
Another simple fix may be the practice to just unplug in the desired device and then plug it again. This sounds simple but most of the time it can save hours of troubleshooting.
The communications tab is an option in the settings that can lower the sounds of all the devices when you are in a conversation with someone through your system. This setting is handful when yo are talking to someone as you can hear them better.
But, it is an issue when it involves stereo mix. If the option is turned on it can cause some issues with the stereo mixing of your system. It is better to turn off this option to avoid issues with the stereo mix on the Discord application.
You have to allow the Discord application exclusive permission or priority to use the stereo mix. This means that sometimes some of the apps have an exclusive control on the stereo mix device and that can be a good thing for the app.
Discord will be able to use the stereo mix’s abilities in the best way allowing it to work in a better way for you. So, under the advanced tab, make sure that this option is checked.
Features of Discord that can be used with Stereo Mix
Discord has many features that you can enjoy when you are using it with the stereo mix to enjoy the experience to its fullest. I will list some of these below for you to explore.
As discussed above, servers are the private communities which are basically discrete channels collected together. The developers call these servers “guilds”. Any user can create a server and and manage it for free. They can manage how the public can see it.
Using your stereo mix with Discord, you can share your audio on these servers and manage them free of cost. Also, you can manage how the public will see or hear the sounds that you share.
You can also get your server verified from Discord. This is just like getting your Facebook account verified by Facebook or getting your Instagram account verified by the Instagram community.
Channels are another way you can use your stereo mix on Discord. You can stream for instant message service or to share your files through these channels. In addition, you can control the visibility of the channels and people who can stream them. You can mark a channel safe for people below 18 years old, similarly, you can mark it for people only above 18 years of age.
3. Direct Messages
You can send direct messages to people. This is the service that is present in almost every other VOIP we have like Facebook, Instagram, Linked In etc. You can share files, text messages, call people inside the servers and privately outside the servers. Further, you can call more than one, in fact, up to 10 people simultaneously in Discord.
4. Video Calls & Screen Sharing
In addition, you can share your screen with the people you video call. This feature is absent in applications like WhatsApp or Facebook. Instagram however, has added a feature where you can video call someone you have shared a post with and watch it together. But Discord allows you to share your screen during the video call which is another place where your stereo mix can come in handy.
Other features that Discord provides its users are user profiles, digital distributions, and its developer tools for the developers.
In order to get the best experience out of your stereo mix setting on Discord, do the following:
- Adjust the volume to make sure your voice and your system to make sure nothing overlaps or overrides.
- Ask your friends about their feedback on your voice and the sounds you are sharing through your stereo mix.
- Try to enable the echo reduction.
- Try to use the feature of the Noise Reduction as well.
Discord is a great platform to stream and share your files with servers or communities. You can manage them for free as well.
Also, you can share the sounds of your PC through Discord with the help of stereo mix. Discord offers a number of features for its users. Some tips may be helpful for you to get the best of this experience with your game audio and communications.
Does Discord support stereo?
Yes. Discord allows you to share your PC’s audio. You can enable the stereo mix option by going to the settings of your PC. This also works without interfering with the game audio.
How to use stereo mix on Discord?
You can do it mainly by enabling the stereo mix in your system’s settings. Then you have to go to the Discord settings and chose the stereo mix setting as your default sound.
Why there is no sound on Discord screen sharing?
This may happen due to outdated audio drivers in your system. Update these drivers or install the previous working version of the driver that work the best with your system.