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Let Soundpad measure your voice volume
  1. File1 > Preferences2 > Audio3
  2. Click button4
  3. Follow instructions in Soundpad
  4. Click stop button to finish measurement
  5. Apply the changes
The voice volume should be above 74 dB, otherwise certain voice applications may filter out played sounds misinterpreting them as background noise. If your measured voice volume is lower than 74 dB, it is recommended to increase the overall microphone volume in Windows.
  1. Right-click Steam icon in system tray1 > Settings2 > Voice3
  2. Click on Show4 to open advanced options
  3. Disable Echo cancellation5 and Noise cancellation6
  4. Start Microphone Test7
  5. Play a sound in Soundpad on the microphone only. You should hear it in Steam now.
If you still can't hear the sound, then try again with another Setup mode.