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What is Automatic Gain Control in Discord?

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While it was initially meant as a communications program for gamers, Discord has since become quite popular amongst all people who use the program to communicate daily.

Considering Discord focuses on voice and video communication just as much as it does on text, the program has some pretty interesting features to make the user’s life easier. 

That said, not all features work as well as they should. In this article, we’re talking about Automatic Gain Control (AGC) in Discord, what it does, whether or not you should use it and how you can enable or disable it in the program. 

Also read: How to nuke a Discord server?

What is Automatic Gain Control (AGC)?

Automatic Gain Control, AGC, increases or decreases your audio signal (or gain) to ensure consistent quality and volume when transmitting audio or any other signal over a channel. 

On Discord, the program will automatically increase or decrease the quality of your audio over the server based on when it anticipates a drop in connection quality or mic volume.

This also works the other way around, meaning if the output voice from your mic is too high, the program will automatically reduce it so that it doesn’t sound overly loud to other people on the server.

Should you enable it?

While the feature sounds helpful initially, many people complain about inconsistent audio volume and automatic cut-offs when using the feature. Therefore, it’s best not to use it unless you think you need that extra gain in your mic’s output. 

How to enable/disable AGC?

Enabling or disabling the feature is also rather easy. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open Discord on your PC and click the settings gear icon under your Discord tag.

What is Automatic Gain Control in Discord?

Step 2: Select Audio and Video under App Setting on the left and then scroll down to enable or disable the feature. 

What is Automatic Gain Control in Discord?

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: