Hanging out in voice chat is one of the best parts of Discord. Making memories with friends and giving you an easy place to talk with them and belong is what we’re all about.

Keeping our voice quality amazing has always been important to us. This is especially true right now.

We’re seeing regions impacted by COVID-19 turn to us to stay in touch with their friends and family. Yesterday, we highlighted some of the amazing ways that our community has turned to Discord during these times through things like virtual classrooms, remote working, online workout classes, and weekly D&D game nights.

In Spain and France, the daily number of people talking on Discord has more than doubled since the beginning of 2020; in Italy, it’s more than tripled. In the US, we are seeing a 50 percent growth in daily voice users, with the highest growth in states like California, New Jersey, New York, and Washington. To support everyone coming online, we’ve been working fast to help out where we can, such as extending our Go Live limit up to 50 people and increasing our capacity for smoother overall service.

Bringing noise suppression to Discord voice chat

It’s difficult to control sounds happening around you. As people are choosing to work, study, and hang at home on Discord, we would like to help everyone who may be stuck in a non-ideal situation.

Today we’re rolling out a new noise suppression feature early in beta in partnership with Krisp.ai.

This new tech detects and removes background noises happening around you so your voice can be heard clearly. Have a vacuum running in the background; slam a door; ruffle a bag of chips; keep using your really loud keyboard your friends complain about. They won’t be able to hear it.

Heads up: No voice, user, video or any data is ever sent or shared outside of Discord. Krisp runs on your device to cancel out noise — no data is ever sent to their servers under any circumstances.

Noise suppression arrives to Discord today and will roll out to 100 percent of desktop users. The feature is still in early beta. We’re still working on improving it. While also working on mobile support! But we decided to release it early as we didn’t want to wait on technology that can be helpful in a lot of your current situations.

You’re able to toggle on this new noise suppression feature in any voice or video chat by clicking the noise suppression button.

Additionally, you can toggle Krisp on in your Settings under “App Settings” → “Voice and Video” → “Advanced” → “Noise Suppression”

You can learn more about how this noise suppression works through our Help Center article here. We’d love to hear your feedback, and we hope that it can help you as you use Discord to stay connected to your communities around the world.