When making Skype calls on a Windows machine, you may have come across a very annoying feature. Before a Skype call starts, your computer’s audio levels are totally fine. You’d can open Skype and message people without any problems. As soon as a Skype call starts, however, your computer’s audio volume takes a sudden and highly noticeable drop. The actual Skype call will be at normal volume, but everything else will seem much quieter.
This kind of behavior can be very irritating, especially for users that go through Skype’s options and settings and find no way to turn it off. There’s a good reason for this: the audio drop has nothing to do with Skype whatsoever! It’s built in to Windows itself and isn’t an official Skype feature. So, before you complain to Skype about the lack of options, give these steps a try and see if they work.
What’s Going On?
What’s actually happening here? First of all, it’s good to realise that Windows has an option that handles this. If Windows detects a telephone call being made by your computer, it can drop the volume by a set amount. This drop can range from a 50% drop to a total muting of all other system sounds. When you make or receive a Skype call, your computer is detecting that you’re currently in a phone call. This causes Windows to drop the volume by however much the option states it should drop.
But hold on a minute – what if you’re sure you’ve never touched, or even seen, this option before? The problem we’re experiencing at that point is a Windows machine being set up to drop the volume by default. This explains why this feature is currently activating, yet you have zero recollection of actually telling Windows to perform this action for you. Thankfully, the option is very easy to get to, so we can tell Windows not to drop the volume (or, if you like the feature, drop it even further!).
How to Turn It Off
First, access the Control Panel. If you’re using Small or Large Icon view, click the option that reads “Sound.” If you’re using Category View, first click on “Hardware and Sound,” then “Sound”.
For Category View.
This will open the Sound window. From here you can set a lot of different options for your speakers or your microphone. We’re not here for any of those, however; the “Communications” tab is what we want.
Here is the option that’s been dipping your audio every time you make or receive a Skype call. You can see you have a few options to pick from, but the one you’re most likely to want to pick is “Do Nothing.”. Select it, then OK out of the window.
Enjoying Less Frustrating Calls
What makes this particular problem so nefarious is how it appears to be a problem with Skype. Sometimes, however, the problem lies with how the operating system handles software rather than the software itself. Turning this option off means that you can enjoy listening to music, watching videos, or playing games while talking to your friends or family. Happy chatting!
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On this page, you can learn how to adjust the volume, check the call quality, or add an additional ringer using your headset, microphone, and / or your device’s speakers in Skype for Business.
Learn how to set up and use your computer’s built-in mic and speakers, or a headset, or another device for Skype for Business audio. For the best audio quality during a Skype for Business meeting or call, use a Certified for Skype for Business audio device.
Set up your device
In the Skype for Business main window, go to Tools > Options > Audio Device, and then choose the device you want.
Click the green arrow next to Speaker to hear a sample tone, and drag the slider if you need to adjust the volume.
To test your mic volume, speak for a few seconds. The volume is optimal when the progress bar reaches the middle of the test area. Drag the slider next to Microphone to adjust the mic volume.
Click the green arrow button next to Ringer to hear a sample ring when you get a call, and drag the slider to adjust the ringer volume.
Click Check Call Quality and follow the prompts to record a short message and play it back. Adjust audio as needed. Note that this option may not be available for your account or for Mac OS X and mobile users.
If you have more than one audio device, you can choose to set both to ring when you get a call. Under Secondary Ringer, select Also ring, and then select an additional device.
You can also select Unmute when my phone rings, which will automatically unmute your speakers when you receive a Skype for Business call.
Select Allow stereo audio playback when available to make sure that the best audio quality is available during a meeting.
Click OK when you’re done.
Tip You can select different devices for microphone and speakers under each section. But to avoid echoing, it’s better to use the same device for both. If you have to use separate devices, minimize echoing by lowering your speaker’s volume.
If you don’t see your device in the list, make sure it’s connected directly to your computer and follow the instructions that came with the device to install it.
Test your audio quality
On Mac OS X, iOS and Android
In the Skype for Business window, click in the contacts search bar.
Type “Audio Test” and press enter.
The first result that comes up should be “Audio Test Service”, start a call with this account. Multiple results may come up for this search, but as long as you are only searching under “My Contacts” and not the global “Skype Directory” you will only get the Audio Test Service that is operated by the university.
The call will give you a prompt to record a short message, before then playing it back for you to hear, you may hang up when you are finished.
Before you start a Skype for Business meeting or call, make sure your audio device sounds the way you want. Note that Check Call Quality may not be available for your account.
On the lower-left side of the main Skype for Business window, click Select Primary Device.
Click Check Call Quality and follow the prompts to record a short message and play it back.
If you’re not happy with the audio quality, go to Audio Device Settings to adjust your mic and speakers, or select another device.
If you’re using Office 365 Click-to-Run version 16.0.8625.2055 or a later version, you can disable the Automatic Gain Control (AGC) feature in Skype for Business. To disable the feature, use one of the following methods.
Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.
Method 1: Disable the feature in the Audio Device settings
By default, there is no AGC option displayed in the UI. To display and set the option, follow these steps:
In Registry Editor, create and set the following registry entry:
In Skype for Business, click Tools > Options > Audio Device.
Click to clear the Automatically adjust microphone volume on calls check box.
Method 2: Disable the feature in the registry
In Registry Editor, create and set the following registry entry:
Method 3: Use Group Policy to display and disable the feature
In Group Policy Management, create a Group Policy object.
Right-click the new Group Policy object, and then select Edit.
Expand Computer Configuration or User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings.
Right-click Registry, select New, and then select Registry Item.
In the New Registry Properties dialog box, specify the following information, and then select OK:
Many people have their computer sounds as well as voice played by default with Skype and they hate it to death, but it can be very useful for other people. While effective during Skype voice communication, your computer’s microphone makes an ineffective broadcasting source when it’s held up against another speaker. To share the playback of sound during a Skype call, it’s more effective to reconfigure your system’s sound input settings so your Skype friends end up hearing what you hear over your computer speakers.
To play audio through Skype can be surprisingly simple as long as you follow the right tutorials. In the following article, we will show you how to play computer audio through Skype.
By default sound devices don’t bridge system audio into the mic feed. This can be accomplished with either software or hardware. If you want to do it via software you will have to use the stereo mix option or it’s equivalent if your sound device supports it. If not you will need to find 3rd party virtual audio software that will allow you to do the same thing.
- Part 1: Enable “Stereo Mix” in Windows and record audio through Skype
- Part 2: Share audio through Skype call with VoiceMeeter
- Part 3: FAQs of playing audio through Skype
Part 1: Enable “Stereo Mix” in Windows and record audio through Skype
Once you’ve done that, go to the Skype audio settings (Tools/Options), and set the Microphone to be Stereo Mix.
Then, call up the other Skype party and start the audio playing on the local PC. The other end of the Skype call will hear the music down the line.
Part 2. Share audio through Skype call with VoiceMeeter
Other than the hardware solution, you can also turn to a helpful application called VoiceMeeter. Donationware audio app VoiceMeeter is the tool you will need to play computer through Skype, the app is a virtual audio mixer with three inputs (two hardware, one software) and three outputs and mixes these through two buses.
To start sharing audio through a Skype call, you’ll need to configure VoiceMeeter correctly. After installation, load the app and connect any headphones and microphones. Launch Skype too, and make sure you have a media player ready for testing an audio track to share. Then select your monitoring device, add your microphone, and make voice meter your default playback device.
To proceed Skype meeting VoiceMeeter, you’ll need an extra app installed to help VoiceMeeter put the audio where you want it to go. Head to www.vb-cable.com and download the VB-AUDIO Virtual Cable, another donationware tool. VoiceMeeter’s basic configuration is now in place, so it’s time to bring Skype into the mix.
Part 3: FAQs of playing audio through Skype
1. Why does Skype take over my sound?
That is because Windows detects incoming Skype calls as communications activity. If you want to remain the actual volume of your sound, you can adjust the settings from the communications tab of Windows sound properties.
2. How do I change my audio settings on Skype?
Find and click the gear icon from the Skype window. Go to Tools > Audio Device Settings or Video Device Settings. From the Audio Device settings, you can select the microphone or speaker you want to use.
3. Can I record Skype video calls on my computer?
Yes. With Aiseesoft Screen Recorder, you can record Skype video calls with ease. Open Screen Recorder and select Video Recorder feature. Enable both System Sound and Microphone options. Then click REC button to start recording your Skype video calls.
With all of that done, you’re now ready to begin making Skype calls to single or multiple contacts. While you talk, you’ll be able to play audio clips on your computer that will be sent through VoiceMeeter and mixed into your microphone audio, and then into the virtual input you set up in Skype.
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By default, when you receive a Skype call or are on one, the volume of any other sounds being played by your computer is reduced by up to 80% (exact value depends on your preferences). This isn’t even Skype’s doing – in the interest of transparency, this is actually something that Windows does, not something that Skype does. Windows counts Skype calls as “communications activity”, and Windows is configured to reduce the volume of all other sounds by a specific percentage whenever it detects communications activity on the system. That being the case, whenever a Windows user receives a Skype call or is on one, the volume of any other application or game that is running at the same time is lowered significantly.
This can be remedied at the moment by simply turning the master volume on your computer up, but while doing so will increase the volume of other sounds to an audible degree, it will increase the volume of the Skype call to an extent where it becomes deafening instead of comfortable. In addition, in some cases, Windows bugs out and simply forgets to turn the volume of other sounds back up after it reduces it for an incoming/ongoing Skype call, which can prove to be nothing short of aggravating.
Method 1: Changing Communication Activity Setting:
Thankfully, however, Windows turning down the volume of other sounds as soon as it detects communications activity such as a Skype call is a feature that can be disabled, and this is true in the case of every single version of the Windows Operating System out there. To stop Skype from lowering the volume of other sounds, all you need to do is:
- If you’re using Windows 7 or Windows 10, locate and right-click on the Sound icon in the taskbar (represented by a Speaker icon). If you’re using Windows 8 or 8.1, first switch to Desktop mode and then locate and right-click on the Sound icon in the taskbar.
- Click on Sounds in the resulting context menu.
- Navigate to the Communications tab.
- Under the When Windows detects communications activity:, you will find the options Windows has to offer for when it detects communications activity such as a Skype call. When Windows detects communications activity on a computer, it can either mute all other sounds, reduce all other sounds on the computer by 80%, reduce all other sounds by 50% or do nothing at all. These are the only four options Windows has to offer and there is no functionality to create your own, customized option. Select Do nothing by clicking on the radio button located directly next to it.
- Click on Apply and then on OK.
- Restart your computer.
When the computer boots up, simply check to see whether or not the problem has been resolved. If all went well, you will see that Windows no longer reduces the volume of other sounds being played on your computer (even by a small margin) when it detects communications activity such as a Skype call on the computer. In addition, going through the process above makes sure that the volume of other sounds being played on your computer is never reduced regardless of what communications activity Windows detects, not just Skype calls.
Method 2: Disabling Exclusive Control of Applications
Sound systems have advanced options where they allow applications to take exclusive control of them to change volume or manipulate it. This feature might seem handy but is known to cause glitches where Skype lowers the volume of other applications automatically whenever you are using it. In this solution, we will disable the option and see if this does the trick.
- Open the Audio Device as we did in the previous solution and click on the Advanced tab. Disable Exclusive Control of Applications
- Now, uncheck both the options underneath the heading of Exclusive Mode. Save changes and exit. Relaunch Skype and see if the problem is resolved for good.
Routing audio on Windows 10 isn’t easy and often the trickiest thing in the mix is the audio/sound driver that is installed. Once you have the drivers sorted out, you need to figure out how to route audio and get apps to listen to a device. Here’s how you can route your computer audio to a Skype call. This will allow whoever you’re calling to hear the audio from your computer e.g., music, or a video along with whatever you’re saying.
Route computer audio to Skype
Open the Control Panel and select Hardware and Sound. Click Sound under it. Go to the Recording tab. If you see ‘Stereo Mix’, make sure it is enabled. If you do not see it, right-click an empty area in the devices list and enable both the ‘Show Disabled Devices’ and ‘Show Disconnected Devices’ options.
Stereo Mix should appear. Enable it. If it doesn’t, you need to install the RealTek audio driver on your system.
Once you’ve enabled Stereo Mix, open Skype. Click the more options button next to your name and from the menu, select Settings. On the Settings window, go to the Audio & Video tab. Open the dropdown for ‘Microphone’ and select ‘Stereo Mix’ from the menu.
That will do the trick.
When you make a Skype call, the audio that’s playing on your system will be heard in the call. This should work if you’re using an in-line mic or if you’re using a headset. This will probably make the call a bit difficult since there’s audio in the background now. It’s a good idea to lower the volume in the app that’s playing the audio. Make sure you change the volume in the app and not the system volume. The system volume will change the volume you get in Skype and you don’t want that.
This will apply to all calls that you make in Skype. If you only need to route the computer’s audio to Skype for a single call, make sure you change the device under Mic back to what it was before you set it to Stereo Mix.
You should be able to do this in any app that can pick up audio from the mic and that lets you select which device to use as the mic. Most apps that allow you to make calls let you pick the audio device that you will use during the call. If you need to record system audio, or audio from an app, you can use Audacity.
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If you use your Windows 10 PC to make telephone calls via applications like Skype, Windows automatically lowers the volume level of other sounds by default while a call is taking place. Luckily, it’s possible to adjust that feature or turn it off. Here’s how.
First, right-click the speaker icon in the system tray. In the menu that appears, select “Sounds.”
In the “Sound” window that pops up, click the “Communications” tab.
In the “Communications” tab, you’ll see several choices that let you decide what Windows will do when it detects “communications activity”—in other words, when it thinks you’re on a voice or video call. By default, Windows reduces the volume of other sounds by 80%, but you can also choose to mute other sounds by 50% or mute other sounds entirely.
To completely turn off the feature, select “Do nothing,” then click “OK.”
After clicking “OK,” the “Sound” window will close. The next time you place or receive a call through your Windows 10 PC, your sound will not be muted while the other person speaks. Happy chatting!
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В зависимости от модели компьютер Mac может быть оснащен одним или двумя звуковыми разъемами. Если в компьютере Mac предусмотрены отдельные разъемы для входа и выхода звука, разъем звукового входа может быть обозначен значком микрофона или значком звукового входа . Если Ваш Mac имеет только один звуковой разъем, он может быть обозначен значком наушников или не иметь никакого значка. Этот звуковой разъем также поддерживает вывод стереозвука и ввод монозвука (например, для подключения наушников со встроенным микрофоном).
Можно использовать встроенный микрофон компьютера, микрофон монитора (если есть) или внешний микрофон, подключенный к звуковому разъему компьютера.
На Mac выберите меню Apple
> «Системные настройки», нажмите «Звук», затем нажмите «Вход».
Примечание. Появившиеся параметры зависят от модели компьютера Mac и от аудиоустройств, которые к нему подключены.
Выберите требуемое устройство в списке устройств ввода звука.
В списке перечислены все устройства ввода, доступные для Вашего Mac. Если монитор оснащен встроенным микрофоном, он указывается как «Аудио монитора».
Выполните одно из следующих действий для настройки звукового входа.
Настройка громкости на входе. Перетяните бегунок громкости.
Если Вы хотите записывать звук, поступающий со звукового разъема компьютера, и хотите компенсировать избыток или недостаток громкости источника звука, Вы можете отрегулировать уровень входного сигнала.
Например, если Вы записываете громкую музыку, то можете уменьшить входной уровень так, чтобы записанный звук не был слишком громким или искаженным. Если Вы записываете речь человека, говорящего тихо, Вы можете увеличить уровень громкости на входе, и таким образом Ваш компьютер Mac будет лучше «улавливать» голос.
Уменьшение фоновых шумов при использовании встроенного микрофона компьютера. Установите флажок «Использовать шумоподавление». Этот параметр не отображается, если в Настройке Audio-MIDI выбран формат 4-канального встроенного микрофона или если Вы используете Mac с процессором Apple T2.
Примечание. Уровень громкости входного сигнала цифрового устройства невозможно настроить с помощью регуляторов громкости на компьютере. Уровень входного сигнала необходимо настраивать на источнике звука, например приемнике.
When you make a Skype call, the volume of other apps will be reduced by 80% by default. This is very annoying. In this post, MiniTool shows you how to tweak settings to stop Skype from lowering the volume of other apps in Windows 10.
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Skype Is Lowering the Volume on Other Apps
In recent times, VoIP (voice over internet protocol) has seen a great rise in popularity. To cash in on this boom and ensure that the process of making and receiving phone calls on Windows becomes as seamless as possible, Microsoft added a feature.
This feature will automatically adjust the volume of other media when it detects that a phone call is being made. You don’t need to tweak any settings to enable it. Actually, it is implemented and enabled by default whenever anyone places a VoIP call using Skype or any other VoIP application.
When this feature is triggered, Windows automatically reduces all the volumes by 50% to 80% (80% is the default). If you are those who frequently make calls from a Windows machine, you may think it is great.
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However, if you are a gamer and you like to use any VoIP platform for communication while gaming such as Discord or Google Hangouts, this feature can become a huge issue. Windows will reduce the volume even if you use voice channel built in games.
Although you can make your audio levels completely normal one moment, the minute you start a call, the audio levels go down and this makes gaming difficult.
Skype is one of the most popular instant messaging programs. Many people like using it to make a call. However, some people are seeking methods to stop Skype from lowering the volume on other apps.
In the following content, I will show you how to do that.
How to Stop Skype from Lowering the Volume
Through the following steps, you can turn off the feature that lowers the volume of other channels when it detects a VoIP call.
Step 1: Click on the Windows 10 Start button and then search for the Control Panel. Open this app from the search result.
Step 2: On the Control Panel window, click on the Hardware and Sound option and then Sound option, if you are in Category view. But if you are in Icons view, click on the Sound option directly.
Step 3: On the Sound window, go to the Communication tab and then check Do nothing option. After that, click on the Apply and then OK button to save the changes.
Through the above steps, you can stop Skype from lowering the volume of other sounds on Windows 10 computers. But if you think this feature is useful and you just want to lower its intensity, you can check Reduce the volume of other sounds by 50% option.
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I hope this post can help you get rid of this nefarious issue. If you have other methods that can stop Skype from lowering the volume, please share with us in the following comment zone. We will appreciate that.
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