DP11 - PC - Microphone 'Echo' caused by Mic Monitor Feature


Many of our gaming headsets include a Mic Monitor feature that plays back the sound of your voice in the microphone directly into the headset speakers, with no delay. The idea is that you want to be able to hear yourself a little in the headphones, so you don't wind up shouting into the mic because you think nobody can hear your voice. Since this is an analog signal being fed from the mic directly into the headset speakers, when used with a gaming console there's no delay on the mic monitor.


On a PC however, the mic signal goes from the mic into the software (Ventrilo, Skype, etc.), where it is processed and then routed back through the sound card to be played back in the speakers (or the Turtle Beach headset). Depending on the latency of your PC and sound card, the sound of your voice going through the software, CPU and PCI or USB bus may be delayed enough so that it sounds like an echo when you hear it in the headset.


In these cases, to hear yourself without echo, the solution is to adjust the Mic Monitor feature on your PC itself. In Windows XP, you may mute the Microphone playback in the Playback section of your sound card mixer. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, there is a setting that will cause echo if it is enabled:

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound.
  2. Go to the "Recording" tab and highlight your headset's microphone. Make sure it is set as the default device. (Right click the microphone or your Turtle Beach USB device and select "Set as Default Device".)
  3. Click the "Properties" button at the bottom, then go to the "Listen" tab.
  4. On the Listen tab, make sure "Listen to this device" is NOT checked! If it is checked, you should uncheck it, then click "Apply".

After you do this, the Mic Monitor will still let you hear your own voice in the headset, but your voice will not echo.