Viewerhelp:Preferences - Sound

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Control sound volume levels for different sources, and options for voice chat.

Master volume

  This slider overrides all other controls. Move left to decrease volume and right to increase volume. Click the speaker icon to mute this, or any volume slider.
KBnote.png Note: Master volume is still superceded by your computer's global sound level and any hardware volume knobs on your speakers or headphones.
Mute if minimized

  Check to mute all Second Life sound when the Viewer window is minimized. Otherwise, sound continues to play when Second Life is in the background.

  Controls volume of built-in wind and footsteps sounds.

  Controls volume of user interface sounds, including clicking on buttons.

  Controls volume of streaming media, such as a video or a webpage with multimedia content.
Sound effects

  Controls volume of inworld sound effects emitted by objects and avatars.
Streaming music

  Controls volume of music on a parcel, such as an internet radio station or live concert event.

  Enable to turn on voice chat and adjust the slider to control volume level.
Listen from

  Choose either:
  • Camera position - You hear voice chat from your camera's position; useful if you're sitting far away and want to hear a speaker better.
  • Avatar position - You hear voice chat from your avatar's position; useful if you're moving your avatar around with another speaker, such as taking a tour of a house.
Input/Output Devices

  Click to show input and output controls for sound. Default means Second Life uses your computer's global preferences. To override the default, select another device in the dropdown list.
  • Input - Your voice chat device, with volume slider underneath. Speak into the microphone and observe if the green squares are lighting up. Three green squares is a healthy level. If the level goes into red squares, it indicates clipping distortion.
  • Output - The device used to play sound. If you're on a headset that includes a microphone and the output isn't the same as Default, you can change it here.