Step by Step Guide: How to Mute Discord on OBS Studio

Posted by StreamerStartup on July 26, 2021

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Discord is a popular voice and text chat application that has become an integral part of many gamers' lives. However, for those who stream on OBS Studio, the sound effects can be quite distracting, and it's not always easy to disable them.

Fortunately, now, it's a relatively straightforward process that only takes a few minutes to do and will be well worth your time in the long run as you won't have to listen to annoying notification sounds ever again.

This article will give you some simple instructions on how to mute discord on OBS!

Three Simple Methods of How to Mute Discord on OBS From your Desktop Audio

Is there a way to mute discord on OBS?

Muting Discord on OBS is very simple, and we have three methods that you can do quickly to remove Discord audio or notification sounds from being heard in your OBS software.

Three Simple Methods of How to Mute Discord on OBS From your Desktop Audio

The quickest and easiest method to completely mute your Discord notification sounds and alerts is to use Streamer Mode in Discord.

This should be set automatically the moment you decide to launch your OBS streaming software. Discord will detect whether you are using OBS Studio, Streamlabs OBS, or Xsplit and automatically set the following settings to ON:

Streamer Mode Options

You can turn on/off these settings for Streamer Mode.

On the off chance that this setting is disabled, you can manually enable it by going into your Discord Settings.

Discord Settings Location

And then going to Streamer Mode.

Discords Streamer Mode Settings

Once you are in the Streamer Mode settings, you can automatically set it to be enabled, or you can manually turn it on, which can be a helpful way to toggle mute if you record your screen without using OBS, Streamlabs OBS, or Xsplit.

Customized Method - Muting Specific or All Notifications Within Discord

This is the more in-depth method that will allow you to pick and choose exactly which notifications you see and which ones you'll be muting from your audio device in Discord.

Go into your Discord Settings and then select Notifications.

Discord Notifications Enabled

Under Sounds, you can deselect exactly which notification you want to remove from making a sound.

Discord Notifications Sounds

In turn, this will make sure no audio notification sounds are going through your output device. Meaning that you don't inadvertently turn off your gaming audio or microphone and affect your stream or recording.

OBS Audio Output Capture Method - Mute Discord Audio Through the Audio Mixer Panel in OBS

If you are a Twitch streamer, this method is useful if you want to mute everything related to discord for your stream but still hear everything yourself.

Other streamers do let their viewers hear what is being said between their friends while playing, but there might be a time that you want to completely remove other users from hearing what is being said to you.

You will need to use a virtual audio device software similar to VB-Cable to set this up.

I find this software easier to set up than VoiceMeeter Banana as it gives you exactly 2 virtual outputs and 1 Main output

So you can point your Discord to a virtual cable and set the other to your Desktop or Game audio, and that's it. 

Just make sure your default device is the main input from both cables.

Inside of your OBS software, at the bottom right of your screen, you should see an Audio Mixer panel section for your desktop audio output device or devices.

This section allows you to control your audio sources from your main desktop audio source or an audio device. Pretty much any audio coming into your system can be managed from here.

You will need to add a Discord Audio output capture in the Audio Mixer section from the virtual cable you made prior. 

I found the perfect video below that shows you how easily this is to set up.

Once you have your output added, you can either drag the Discord audio slider down if there is too much noise or if you want to quickly mute discord, slide it all the way to the left.

You can also click the speaker icon under your Discord source in the same section to instantly mute your Discord audio.

Doing this will allow you to quickly mute the Discord voice chat of your Discord calls right through OBS Studio.

This is handy if you are trying to add Discord audio or record Discord audio on your video or if you want to simply mute Discord on OBS.

How Do I Get Streamlabs to Not Record Discord?

Streamlabs OBS is very similar and is based on the OBS software, and the layout and functionality are very similar. You can easily use any of the above methods to remove the desired audio from your online games or your mic if quiet gaming is more your style.

Does OBS Record Discord?

It records anything that you can hear on your desktop by default. If you do not remove it from the Audio Mixer section (via VB-Cable or VoiceMeeter Banana, etc.) or don't decide on muting a specific application, it will be heard in the final output.

How Do I Mute Apps on OBS?

In the Audio Mixer section in OBS, select which device or application you want to mute by either clicking on the speaker icon or dragging its volume bar all the way down. Each specific application would need to be set up using a virtual audio cable.

Final Words

Streaming has grown tremendously in recent years.

And while there are endless numbers of platforms available that allow people like yourself access to various types of broadcasts, no other platform allows us as much customization as Discord for our communities.

Most streamers combine discord with friends and their communities. This is all built around the Discord app and Discord mobile app, which have quickly become one of the most important tools in streaming culture today.

This is why it is important to set up Discord and OBS Studio properly so that you can make it easy for people to watch you.

Hopefully, you now know how to mute discord on OBS and will be able to balance your game sound, notifications, background noise ,and mic audio perfectly. 

Happy streaming!

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