Discord is mostly known for being a place where gamers go to chat or in our case, another place where our stories are discoverable.
We recently reported on how you can use Discord to watch movies remotely with family and friends. Today on Discord’s blog they highlighted how their users were using Discord for things like virtual classrooms, remote working, online workout classes and weekly D&D game nights. They also reported that in Spain and France the daily number of people talking on Discord more than doubled since the beginning of 2020 also in Italy it has more than tripled.
In the US, daily voice users grew by 50%, with the highest growth in states like California, New Jersey, New York and Washington.
Noise suppression during voice chat
Perhaps the biggest piece of news in the post was the early beta of Noise Suppression in voice chat through its partnership with Krisp.ai.
Discord describes the how it works, “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.”
They went on to address the obvious privacy concerns after an announcement like this with, “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.”
When can you get it?
Discord says, Noise suppression will rollout today for everyone on desktop platforms. The feature is in beta and was released early because users will benefit from the feature now during life under Corona. They also said that the feature will also come to mobile eventually.
To you use it, just toggle it on during a 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”
Discord provides a Help article and you can find it here.