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Windows seems to automaticly level audio levels of apps

by ItsSander / October 10, 2017 12:47 PM PDT

Alright. I'm not great at explaining things so I hope this is clear enough. Sorry Happy

I just bought a new headset (arctis 3, steelseries) and it was acting a bit weird. So I reinstalled the drivers through device manager and since then the sound is fine, but the volume changes of each individual application.
Right now, if I open (for example) a game with music, in this case RS 3, and play a youtube video, the game sound level gets extremely low. After pausing the video, the sound levels seem to balans out again.
Things that I have checked:
- Same audio drivers as before the reinstalation. going back to the previous drivers doesn't fix this.
- checked communication tab in sound control. This is set to 0% sound reduction.
- checked sound blaster for any changed option.
- checked realtek HD audio configuration for any option.

Still happening and it's anoying...

P.S. if anyone has the arctis 3 headset, can you explain to me how the steelseries sound engine 3 works with this headset? doesn't seem to recognize the headset.

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It's a mystery at this point. You're not the first.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2017 1:27 PM PDT
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PS. Did we cover "sound effects"?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2017 1:29 PM PDT

Check my last link about sound effects. In all panels, we want "none."

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I don't know how, but its fixed now.
by ItsSander / October 10, 2017 2:09 PM PDT

I dont exactly know how this happened, since i dont have the same issue as described in this link, but I checked every box in sound effects, saved, unchecked every box and now it is fixed. prob a bug in the driver or something, I don't know.

Thanks anyways man! helped a lot!

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Aliens? Nope, just Windows.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 11, 2017 8:49 AM PDT
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(NT) Btw, it is windows 10.
by ItsSander / October 10, 2017 12:48 PM PDT
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So W10 can set volume per applications.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2017 12:51 PM PDT
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This didn't really answer anything
by ItsSander / October 10, 2017 12:55 PM PDT

This didn't really answer anything. you just gave me a link to the windows 7 style audio manager. This did not happen about 1 hour ago before I reinstalled the drivers. This has to be a setting in windows 10 or something. im just looking for a replacement of my audio manager, I want to know why this is happening and how I can fix it.

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Having run into this before
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2017 1:15 PM PDT

The owner was not aware of the per app setting. They were, maybe like you trying to replace the W10 audio mixer and didn't realize that the Windows mixer was still in play. I'm not there to check this for you.

Not a setting but a control. Are you seeing this control? Remember to pull it up when the app is running or you won't see the app's own volume setting.

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The volume in the volume mixer does not change.
by ItsSander / October 10, 2017 1:21 PM PDT

Maybe I was unclear in my explenation;
When multiple apps with sound are active, apps seem to have "priority" over other apps. No volume levels change in the volume settings; everything stays the same level, just some apps get louder than others without me doing anything. I know how the basic sound manager works, don't worry.

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