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Man O'War Mic Sensitivity Issue

Discussion in 'Audio' started by AirBourneTV, Dec 25, 2017.

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  1. AirBourneTV

    AirBourneTV New Member

    Hi all,

    I'm having an issue with my MOW's sensitivity. When I'm on Discord everyone can hear me typing and they say it sounds extremely loud and annoying. I have to play with my Discord and Synapse settings to find an ideal setting to work. Problem is, every time I restart my MOWs the settings go back to 100 volume on Microphone. Also the BG noise is obnoxiously strong whenever I do a monitor test, it sounds like I have a studio mic. Has anyone had this issue before? Is my mic defected or is it relating to settings?

    Any advice or tips?

    Edit - Added Full Specs Below

    CPU: Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.07GHz
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8
    Motherboard: EVGA X58 SLI LE
    Memory: 12.0 GB (CORSAIR DDR3 2.0 GB X6)
    Storage: Samsung SSD 850 Evo 500 GB // WD My Passport 1 TB
    Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 w/ EVGA ACX Cooler SATA Card: HighPoint Rocket 620AP 2-Channel SATA III PCIe 2.0 Host Adapter
    Power Supply: Cooler Master 1000W
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X
    Monitor: 24" ASUS ROG Swift PG248Q Full HD 1ms 180Hz DP G-Sync
    Monitor #2: 23.6" ASUS VH242H Full HD 5ms 60Hz HDMI
    Headphones: Razer Man O'War 7.1
    Microphone: AudioTechnica 2020+ OS: Windows 10 (64 bit)
    Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow V2 Chroma
    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Elite Chroma
    Mouse Pad: Logitech G440 Hard Gaming
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2017
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  2. Projektor

    Projektor Member

    Which Man O'War? I'm experiencing similar issues with my Overwatch MOW Tournament Edition
  3. AirBourneTV

    AirBourneTV New Member

    Regular Man O'War I guess cause it isn't a TE. And also the sensitivity issues I was having was mostly in Discord but I think I was able to solve it playing around with the settings
  4. Leehm

    Leehm Active Member

    Actually you can't blame the mic if you are using clicky switches like cherry blue or razer green.
    Those keyboard tend to produce loud noise.
  5. engmia

    engmia New Member

    I love Discord myself, it's a great app, but some of the features are still buggy (or it is Windows playing bad, not too sure).

    I assume you are using Windows 10, correct?
    • Make sure you don't use "Attentuation" - a great feature, only that most of the times it doesn't revert the values after Discord is closed. So you'll end up with no voice application opened, but will have to manually move up the values in "Volume Mixer" for seperate apps. It doesn't help that apps that aren't opened right now, aren't listed and you might wonder why the hell is you volume so awfully low. In the end with the way the feature currently works, it's just best to use manual settings. I just set it to 15-20% from the Master in the game settings.
    • Considering the issues you described -- make sure you disable auto sensitivity, auto mic volume and all such features and you leave all to manual settings.
    You can find the above mentioned settings in the "User Settings (gear icon) -> Voice & Video
  6. AirBourneTV

    AirBourneTV New Member

    @Leehm: I'm actually using a Chroma V2 so I have Razer Yellow switches, they're still loud but not as loud as my previous Chroma which was green switches I believe....

    @engmia: Thanks! That really helps out and yeah I am on Win 10. My bad - I edited my OP and added my full rig specs... :)
  7. engmia

    engmia New Member

    Glad I could be of help. Here is some info, changing those settings should resolve your issues. Do report back if the issue was resolved or is still perceives.

    Today I went through my Discord settings, on top of "Attentuation", you want to disable "Automatic gain control" under the Voice processing subgroup (in Voice & Video). That's automatically adjusting the microphone levels to certain criteria.

    You can also disable "Automatically determine input sensitivity" which also auto-adjusts when your microphone starts transmitting voice to others. It usually works well, but if you are having issues you can manually adjust it by talking in normal voice and adjusting the slider so it just barely activates when you speak. That way most of the background noise should be filtered with the Echo Cancellation features on.

    I currently using the above settings and have everything set to manual, and the voice transmission activates only when I'm speaking, it doesn't even activate if I'm listening to audio through the speakers.

    You also want to go into Control Panel -> Sound -> Recording -> Right click on the microphone and select "Properties" -> Under the Advanced tab, untick the "Allow applications to take exclusive control" box (disable it).
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2017
  8. AirBourneTV

    AirBourneTV New Member

    Yeah its been working a lot better. Though on Discord it works better when I have the input sensitivity turned on automatic. If I have it manually it picks up my keys which is really weird or if not I set it to low that it cuts off my sentences when speaking.. So far so much better tho.. thanks!
  9. engmia

    engmia New Member

    No problem, glad the issue is resolved!

    Those are the main settings you need to look at, play around with them until you find what works best for you/your setup, don't be afraid to experiment around :) Good job.
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