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Horrible audio issues with most recent update

XenoAlbedo
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Anybody else having this problem or is it just me? It's been cutting out like crazy.
  • phwaap
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    Have noticed this as well.
  • Maggi12
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    what is exactly the problem?
  • ZOS_BillE
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    @XenoAlbedo

    Could you go into more detail regarding your audio issue?

    Our audio troubleshooting FAQ linked below has some steps you can take that can help with sound issues in ESO.

    How do I fix sound issues on PC?
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  • XenoAlbedo
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    The most glaring of the audio issues was that the music would most noticeably cut out compared to everything else. Other sound effects would too, but I could not discern a pattern for which type would cut out or when they would cut out. Most of the time it would just be dead silent. The periods with missing audio could last for several seconds to several minutes. Disabling addons, restarting, updating drivers, and repairing the game didn't help yesterday, but the problem does seem to have resolved itself today.
  • RMerlin
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    Just started searching as I thought my audio sounded weird as well since this week. It sounds as if there was a surround effect applied to the audio. It's not Windows 10's built in spatial sound, since ESO is the only game showing that odd behaviour (the audio from my MP3 player as well as from another game sounds normal, just ESO is sounding odd).

    This week saw both an ESO update and a Windows 10 update, so I'm not sure which to blame.

    I have a Soundblaster Zx soundcard (also checked there, speakers are set to Stereo, with no surround effect enabled).
  • RMerlin
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    Update: just found how to "fix" the audio.

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    If I disable the Audio Enhancement option, then my ESO audio returns to normal.

    Was anything changed in this week's patch related to audio which might accidentally apply an effect to the ESO audio output?
  • DLM
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    I thought that was my recent Windows update that screwed up my sound too but it is only with ESO and judging by this thread that might be the game itself.

    I have noticed that audio spatialisation is now super weird. It is very blatant when running dungeons where you have NPCs talking, when running past them you can barely hear their voice once they are behind you. My mount's footsteps are also very loud.
  • RaddlemanNumber7
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    I have this too. Problems started at about 14:30 UTC 11th September directly after the latest Windows 10 update was installed on my PC.

    Both live EU PC and PTS are affected in the same way.

    I have a stereo sound bar (2 speakers) installed as the only sound device on my PC, running off a Realtek card.
    ESO audio output now appears to be tailored for 5+ speaker surround sound, so some of the audio just goes missing. e.g. NPC's talking outside of dialogue are completely muted as soon as the direction the camera is facing places them behind the point of view (when in 3rd person). In 1st person view everyone behind my character is muted.

    It has also affected the sound balance. The voices of NPC's outside of dialogue are noticeably louder than inside dialogue. Disembodied voices are louder still. My own character's /shout emote is now barely audible.

    Nothing I have tried yet has made any difference. Disabled and re-enabled the device as advised in the help link you posted.
    Gone right through my windows system sound dialogues ensuring everything is set to 2 speaker stereo, and no other sound devices are enabled. Re-installed the device driver. Run the windows audio troubleshooter.

    I investigated the fix @RMerlin suggested, but my system does not show that "Signal Enhancements" option on the Speaker Properties.Advanced dialogue (apparently because I do not have any audio enhancements on my PC).

    This is degrading my experience of playing the game. The only benefit is that I can now mute Bera Moorsmith and Stuga just by jogging right past them.

    I'll keep looking for other options to try to fix it.

    Edit:
    Fixed it. Hurrah!

    Tried plugging some earphones in the socket on the front of my PC. A Windows dialogue appeared on the desk top:

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    selected the appropriate setting, logged into ESO and found all is working OK when I used these earphones. I can hear people talking behind my back and the various sound levels are balanced again.

    So, unplugged my sound bar, plugged it back in again, got the same dialogue, selected the appropriate setting, started ESO and all was OK once more :)
    Edited by RaddlemanNumber7 on September 12, 2019 1:20PM
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  • RMerlin
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    Just saw a report that this week's Windows 10 update did break audio in some game and applications.

    https://www.neowin.net/news/latest-windows-10-update-is-apparently-also-breaking-audio-in-games

    They mention a different workaround from the one I found.
  • Shark2016
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    another sound issue. sometimes sound just ends in stuttering (sound loop) and freezing the whole game. happened after just 3 min as well as sometims after more then one hour. happened on crafting station. happened in pvp as well. not confined on any special situation. there is no other solution than torally reboot whole computer. this ddi definitely not happen before last patch.
  • DLM
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    Edit:
    Fixed it. Hurrah!

    Tried plugging some earphones in the socket on the front of my PC. A Windows dialogue appeared on the desk top:

    Thanks for the tip. I wasn't too hot on reducing the audio quality, just unplugging, re-plugging my headphones and confirming the audio options did the trick.
  • RMerlin
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    Microsoft acknowledged the issue introduced by the latest update, and are going to revert the change causing it, in a new patch probably scheduled for sometime at the end of September:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/help/4515384/windows-10-update-kb4515384
  • RMerlin
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    Issue seems to be resolved here, probably by last week's update.
  • Glurin
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    Not resolved for me, but I don't see any update after kb4515384. Least not one related to this problem. I'm still in wait and see mode for now.
    "The man who learns only what others know is as ignorant as if he learns nothing. The treasures of knowledge are the most rare, and guarded the most harshly."
  • RMerlin
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    Maybe two separate issues, and mine was fixed by ZOS, while yours will require Microsoft to revert their change.
  • Glurin
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    Alright, so the windows update to fix the problems that the last windows update caused is finally out. Game sounds much improved now.
    "The man who learns only what others know is as ignorant as if he learns nothing. The treasures of knowledge are the most rare, and guarded the most harshly."
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