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Sound output is being picked up by my microphone.

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February 9, 2012 9:47:08 AM

I use my headset on programs such as Skype and Ventrilo.

However, it has come to my attention that the sound which is being made by my computer is being picked up on the microphone as well as my voice when I speak. This means if I am listening to music or watching a video, the person I am speaking to is able to hear it as well.

My voice is much louder than any of this so it hasn't been a major issue, however my girlfriend complained to me today that it was incredibly irritating hearing her echo whenever we spoke on Skype.

Now I know what you're thinking: Go to Audio Properties> Advanced> Mute Stereo Mix.

This is not an option for me, I have attached screenshots.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v411/droded/problem1....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v411/droded/problem2....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v411/droded/problem3....

As you can see, there is no option to mute or disable this function, and although I have unchecked it and lowered the volume to zero, the problem still persists.

I am using Razer Carcharias as my headset if this detail is necessary.
February 9, 2012 10:22:12 AM

try downloading and installing the drivers from - http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/
i believe the 2nd link is the 1 you want (High Definition Audio Codecs).
you might find the option you are looking for in the realtek audio console once you have installed the drivers.
February 9, 2012 10:59:13 AM

Well you did forget one thing in the Screen shots...
See those Options on top?

Click on it and choose advanced .
And then disable or enable the 2 options you might see under it.
Gimme another screenshot with the advanced view.... PLS.
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February 10, 2012 2:15:00 AM

Actually coming to think of it...... it's your girlfriend who hears the echo of her own voice..... it's not echoing from your end at all, it's echoing from her end.....
You could use a Muffler on your mic to stop it from picking up other sounds (ambient ones) and just your voice, but that is not the cause for the echo that she is hearing at the other end, your mic is just fine.
You need to ask her to either move her mic away from the speakers that she listens to you talking to her to on, or adjust the angle of her mic if shes using a headset so as to stop the interference.
I just tested mine out here with someone in the UK, and, have just come to this conclusion.
Check it out, ask her to change her position while shes talking to you and see where the echo disappears.
February 10, 2012 4:18:46 AM

I'm sorry, I forgot to include that when I record myself and play music which should be coming through the headset, you can hear the music on the recording rather than just my voice. The mic picks up any sound my computer makes, when it should only be picking up my voice and any noise in my room.
February 10, 2012 4:22:08 AM

That's what ambient noise means. You usually cut it out using mufflers...
It the way a mic functions, the more sensitive the more ambient noise will be picked up.
Electronic Echo is a different phenomenon , like parallax, altogether.
February 11, 2012 12:58:15 AM

This has nothing to do with the echo, the 'echo' she heard was the sound of her own voice coming through the speakers on my headset. It was an 'echo' because she could hear herself - the sound coming through my speakers was also coming into my mic.

This is no ambient noise - that is the noise my mouse and keyboard make, the tone of the room I am in and any noise I make that has nothing to do with my PC.

The sound I am talking about is if I started playing music on my desktop, while no noise is made for the microphone to pick up, it will receive the noise coming only from my speakers. (I hope this makes sense)
February 11, 2012 4:36:58 AM

OK, whatever you say. The picture is a lot clearer on your side I bet, so the best option for you is to try out using one of those cheap headphones & Mic set. Let's say you experiment with that and maybe that'll solve the issue.
November 21, 2012 3:37:47 AM

darcasm said:
This has nothing to do with the echo, the 'echo' she heard was the sound of her own voice coming through the speakers on my headset. It was an 'echo' because she could hear herself - the sound coming through my speakers was also coming into my mic.

This is no ambient noise - that is the noise my mouse and keyboard make, the tone of the room I am in and any noise I make that has nothing to do with my PC.

The sound I am talking about is if I started playing music on my desktop, while no noise is made for the microphone to pick up, it will receive the noise coming only from my speakers. (I hope this makes sense)



I'm having this same issue with a brand new motherboard. The sound that should be coming out of my speakers is playing to my friends in teamspeak. Even when my speakers are unplugged! It is not ambient noise, it is the noise that would be my output from the audio out.
July 5, 2013 12:29:56 PM

Is your mic/headset wire twisted? My son was having a similar problem. Knowing hoe EM radiation can effect nearby wires I unplugged the headset/mic wires, untwisted them, plugged them back in and the problem is gone
August 11, 2013 5:58:58 AM


Hi ,
I too had same problem , below steps worked for me for winxp:
control panel->Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices->sound and audio devices->a sound and audio properties pop up comes up->go to voice tab->voice recording tab->volume->mute stereo mix(need to mute all first to deselect all volume )

hope this works for you.
Irshad
August 20, 2013 2:41:47 AM

I also had this problem and did a tremendous amount of work trying to resolve the issue. I have a lot of experience in sound engineering and tested everything possible. I literally spent 30+ hours trying to figure this out and have read 20+ threads of people having the same issue with no resolution.

I have finally resolved the issue. I have an antec 1200 v3 case and I was using the rear audio out jack for my speakers and the front 2 ports for my headphones. I have finally concluded that the issue is the front audio ports are not shielded and or have intersecting input/output wires. I ended up connecting my speakers to the front port and my headset (output and input) direct to my mobo from the back of my computer. This has fixed the issue 100% for me. Hopefully this will help!
August 20, 2013 4:50:59 AM

batmang:
Thank you for reminding me I wanted to try this for a long time...
And by the way this really works (at least for me).

And in case you have a vibration headset (for example GENIUS HS-G300V like me) and hear high pitched noises whenever you turn vibrations on, this helps too :) 
December 28, 2013 8:38:08 PM

I have the same problem, on a laptop with windows 7. Stuff was working fine and then my friends could randomly hear my music and themselves through my speakers without me changing anything whatsoever. Please help? Headset I am using are Turtle Beach X-12's. Please help
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