How to Repair ‘Discord Picking Up Game Audio’ in Windows 10 Computers

Discord is a VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) chat application used by gamers around the world. It is not only suitable for playing games with friends, but also for working together with a team on an important project. Discord’s endless features and functions, such as custom servers, voice channels, and the ability to largely customize the chat, make it a fantastic all-around communication app.

Although Discord’s features go far beyond sending text or voice messages, the app is not free of some technical problems. One problem many Discord users encounter is that Discord sometimes records the sound of the game when communicating with other server members over the voice channel during the game.

What causes ‘Discord records game sound’?

  • Sound Drivers: It is also possible that the correct drivers are not installed or the installed drivers are corrupt, which can cause this problem.
  • Bad plug: Another common cause of this problem is plugging the headphones into the keyboard. Some keyboards have USB ports for other devices to which they can be plugged, and because of some bugs, this can cause this problem.
  • Sound settings: If the input or output device is selected as “stereo mix” in the sound settings, the output sound (your speakers) and the input sound (your microphone) are mixed. This can cause a problem when the sound in the game is heard through the microphone.

How to solve the “Discord records game sound” problem?

Check the stereo mix settings

  1. Right-click the speaker icon on the Windows taskbar and select Sounds.
  2. If the Sounds option does not appear, click Open Sound Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Related Settings and click Sound Control Panel.
  4. In the Sounds window, click the Record tab.
  5. Right-click the Stereo Mix device and select Disable.
  6. Close the Sound Control Panel.
  7. Launch Discord and click the User Preferences icon (the Grear icon).
  8. In the left pane, select Language and Video.
  9. Click on the drop-down menu under Output Device and select the headset as the output device.
  10. Now select the microphone as the input device.
  11. Save your changes and restart the application.

Disable the sound drivers

  1. Right-click the speaker icon in the Windows taskbar and select Sounds.
  2. If the Sounds option does not appear, click Open Sound Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Related Settings and click Sound Control Panel.
  4. In the Sound window, click the Playback tab.
  5. Right-click Realtek Speakers and select Disable.
  6. Then right-click NVIDIA High Definition and select Disable.
  7. Click Apply and OK to save your changes.
  8. Close the Sound Control Panel and check for improvements.

Updating the sound drivers

  1. Use the following key combination to open the Run dialog box: Windows + R.
  2. Type devmgmt.MSC and click OK to open the Device Manager.
  3. In Device Manager, expand the Sound, Video, and Game Controllers category.
  4. Right-click the audio device and select Update Driver.
  5. Select the option Automatically check for updated drivers.
  6. Then expand the Audio Inputs and Outputs section in the Device Manager.
  7. Right-click on the microphone device and select Update driver.
  8. Select Automatically check for driver updates and let Windows install any pending driver updates.
  9. Close Device Manager and check for improvements.

Frequently Asked Questions

If the input or output device is selected as "stereo mix" in the sound settings, the output sound (your speakers) and the input sound (your microphone) are mixed. This can cause a problem when the sound in the game is heard through the microphone.

If the recording or playback device is not set up correctly, Discord may record the sound of the game. You can solve this problem by disabling the stereo mixer device in the Sound Control Panel.

  1. Configure the audio input and output devices in Discord.
  2. Check your audio jack plug.
  3. Turn off "Stereo Mix" in your computer's sound settings.
  4. Change your microphone settings.
  5. Update your audio drivers.
  6. Disable the audio output drivers.
  7. Uninstall Discord and reinstall it.

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