Viewerhelp:Preferences - Sound & Media

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Control settings for sound, voice chat, and other media.

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.

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

KBnote.png Note: Master volume is still superceded by your computer's global sound level and any hardware volume knobs on your speakers or headphones.

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

  Controls volume of built-in wind and footsteps sounds.
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. Check Enabled to hear streaming music.

  Controls volume of streaming media, such as a video or a webpage with multimedia content. Check Enabled to hear media sounds.
Voice Chat

  Enable to turn on voice chat and adjust the slider to control volume level. Check Enabled to hear voice chat.
Allow Media Autoplay

  Starts playing a parcel's media, if any, when you enter the parcel. Otherwise, you have to play it manually from the media controls.
Play media attached to other avatars   Always play media attached to other avatars; if not checked, you must play it manually.

Voice Chat Settings

Listen from

  • Camera position to hear voice chat from your camera's position; useful if you're sitting far away and want to hear a speaker better.
  • Avatar position to 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.
Move avatar lips when speaking   Check to enable lip sync animations when you're using voice chat.
Toggle speak on/off when I press

  Check to enable toggle mode: once you press the "trigger key," your mic remains "open" until you press the trigger key again. If disabled, the mic is open only while you depress the trigger key.

Enabling toggle mode is easier if you need to do other things simultaneously inworld. Disabling toggle mode helps to prevent accidentally leaving your microphone on.

  • Set Key - Sets your trigger key. It should be a rare key hardly used by other actions, such as `.
  • - Makes your mouse's middle button your trigger. This is convenient if you're using one hand to navigate while your other hand is controlling voice chat. However not all mice have a middle button.
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.