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This page contains a detailed walkthrough into what Teamspeak is, some important settings while setting up a client, how to setup and configure a server and some useful tips and tricks that I learned while using teamspeak. Teamspeak 3 is my preferred voice chat program. It definitely lacks features left and right in the current day and age, but the audio quality is a lot better than for example Discord. Personally, I really hope teamspeak pulls through and add features like screenshare in their new TeamSpeak program.
As a Teamspeak user/client you have a unique identiy. This identity is locally stored and not on a server. However, you can link it to your Teamspeak account and I highly recommend you do so. If you lose this identiy, for example: you reinstalled windows, you also lose server side permissions, friends, etc. On my teamspeak server, user statistics are also linked to this unique identity. Losing server side permissions can be problematic for when you're server admin.
A Teamspeak server is built up out of spacers and channels. The channels are voice and text channels in one. Spacers are not made for voice chat but can be used for voice and text if required.
Teamspeak is backwards compatible for most versions. The client version and server version don't match. They get updates seperately.
For easy navigation, all Teamspeak related names are in inline code blocks Like
Check out the Teamspeak 3 quick client setup Guide: Here. But this one isnt done yet.
One of the common complaints about Teamspeak is how difficult it is to make changes and do your settings. This page will go through all the settings that can be found in the most common pages,
in the hope that all the different settings become more clear.
To setup Teamspeak, we first have to stop your eyes from being blinded. Lets get started with installing a dark theme. This can be done if you navigate to
Tools -> Options Or Alt + P and click on
Addons -> Browse online -> and search for "DarkenTs" you will see 3 styles and 1 icon pack made by Bradly_the. (Personally prefer the "DarkenTS)". Pick your preferred one or a completely different one. Click on it, scroll down a bit and press "Install".
After the installation, it will show up in "My addons" (be sure to select themes on the right side)
After you're sure its installed, you can navigate to
Design. Click the dropdown box of "Theme" and select the one you installed ealier.
If you wish to change icon pack to a different one, you can go through the same steps as above to find, install and activate the icon pack.
Transparency The transparency slider can be used to make you teamspeak more seethrough.
There are some pretty cool and nifty settings on the right side of the Theme settings. Here is a list of them and what they do. All these settings are client side. None of them are bringing changes to other users of teamspeak.
Tray icons: (more behaviour than theme, but change these to your preference.)
To setup Teamspeak audio, we need to navigate to the options window again. This can be done if you navigate to
Tools -> Options Or Alt + P and click on Playback. Within playback and the capture settings there are 3 common settings:
are the external devices as in your speakers/headphones or mic/headset. The default device menas it uses your windows input device. (This can also be a device you plugged in last, a webcam, vr-headset etc.)
are nothing more than setting presets that you can configure. These can be used when you want to use different audio or device settings in different situations or identities. These profiles can be selected in the advanced overview in the bookmarks, or when you click "More" on the connection window.
Select your capture Device, you can leave this on default if you are sure your windows settings are right. If you're unsure select your headset/mic from the dropdown list.
Under the capture device, there are a few options to select the different ways to activate your mic.
Push to talk, Continues and Voice Activity Detection.
Push-To-Talk is where you push a keyboard button when you talk in Teamspeak. This is ideal when you are in noisy environments, sharing the physical room with others, or talking to people in the room while you game. This is probably the most common setup.
Continuous Transmission is where the microphone is on and always transmitting. I honestly can not find a good use case for this. If you use this ‘you’re going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater’.
Voice Activity Detection is when your audio is always being picked up by the microphone, but there is a noise gate that limits it to transmit only when you are actually speaking. In the Capture Settings, you adjust the slider to set your sensitivity so the mic automatically stops transmitting when you stop speaking. This is what we tend to use here at our server. Along with this, I recommend setting a Push-To-Mute button.
When you have background noise (other people in your house/room, kids running about, construction, etc) it's recommended to use Push to talk.
If you want to select push to talk you need to setup a hotkey, just press the button and a key.
You can set a Release delay, and add in Voice Activity Detection. This is very usefull for when you are new to using push to talk and might forget to press the push to talk button now and then.
When you select the mode Voice "Activity Detection" there are 3 mode options, Automatic, Volume gate And Hybrid. Automatic will adjust the voice gate up and down based on the volume you speak with. If you have static and you are quiet for a bit the volume gate will adjust down to you static. You want to avoid this.
Besides the options mentioned above there are a few more settings to play around with.
Below is a draft!
My preferred settings is by far Voice activation detetction. It takes a moment to test and setup your volume gate.
The best way to do this is by pressing "Begin Test". Talk how you would normally talk first and then try typing something in your browser for example and keep an eye on the test and see how much gets picked up by the mic. The slider needs to be lower than the level you talk at, but higher than where other noises such as typing get picked up.
For most people it will be between -20 and 0, but this depends on individual mic settings and quality.
There are 2 different ways to connect to a Teamspeak server. This is either through quick connect or through the bookmarks. If you are planning on joining a server more often, I recommend using bookmarks. Below is explained on how to connect to a Teamspeak server using both systems.
The quick connect is useful to connect to a server you're joining once or very rarely. Only 1 IP/URL will be saved in the connect window. When you plan on visiting a few different servers or want to set up auto join on start up, I strongly recommend to make use of the bookmarks. The connect speaks for it self and is pretty straight forward.
With the bookmarks, you have a lot of flexibility. Also, this comes in easy and advanced settings.
The basic bookmark settings are just...
Unfortunately, Teamspeak doesn't offer an easy setup for Push to mute with an simple click. We will have to setup 2 keybinds and stop the sound from playing everytime you mute.