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Disable AGC, EC in Skype


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Skype has a feature called Automatic Gain Control which it uses to try to improve the audio quality of your call. When skype thinks your sound levels are not right it starts messing with your volume controls behind your back. Most of the time this works fine but not always. And when it gets things wrong you have a problem.

 

To fix this problem you have to edit a file called shared.xml which in OS X you'll find in the Library/Application Support/Skype folder in your home folder. I have no idea where Skype hides this file on Windows so if you're on Windows you'll have to do a search. You need to open this file with a text editor (NOT a word processor, something that can read and edit plain text) and find the section starting with <VoiceEng>.

 

Straight after that line you need to insert the following line:

<AGC>0</AGC>

 

BTW, if you wish to also disable echo cancelation you could do so by adding the following line in the same place:

<EC>0</EC>

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