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Voice Chat

Open Cobalt's integrated voice chat tool allows you to speak to other users in the same Cobalt space. With Cobalt's voice feature audio is spacialized - the relative position of users/avatars affects both the loudness and lateral position (i.e. left, right, center) of their voices.

Equipment


To use voice chat, you'll need a microphone and speakers/headphones. To eliminate problems with echo and feedback, we strongly recommend that you use a pc headset with a built-in mic.

Configuring your computer's microphone and speaker settings


Before using Cobalt's voice chat feature check your computer's microphone and speaker settings to make sure they're properly configured.

For PC's:

  1. Click the Start button and select Windows Control Panel.
  2. Open the Sounds and Audio Devices manager.
  3. Select the Audio tab.
  4. In the Sound Playback section click the Volume button and confirm the volume check boxes are un-muted and that volume sliders are raised to your preferred level. In the Default device drop-down menu, confirm that your sound card is selected (will usually be selected by default).
  5. In the Sound Recording section click the Volume button and confirm buttons are un-muted and volume sliders are raised. In theDefault device drop-down menu, confirm that your sound card is selected (will usually be selected by default).

For Macs:

  1. Go to System Preferences and select Sound.
  2. For Output, choose your output device and adjust volume if necessary.
  3. For Input, choose your input device and adjust the volume if necessary.

Enabling Voice Chat


From the People menu select Voice Chat>Start.

Speaker and Mic Control Icons


On screen icons allow you to control your speakers/headphones and microphone.
 

(1) Speaker Icon: Toggles between Speaker On and Speaker Mute. (Note: currently disabled.)

(2) Keyhole Icon: Toggles between Voice Chat ON and Voice Chat OFF.

(3) Microphone Icon:  Toggles between Mic On and Mic Mute. (Note: currently disabled.)

(4) Volume Slider: Adjusts the Volume of ALL audio in the Cobalt Space.

(5) Volume Mute: Mutes the Volume of ALL audio in the Cobalt Space.


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