Dolby's Axon Software
Michael Sontag, Crispy Gamer
Move over Teamspeak. Move over Ventrilo. A new, better way to communicate with your friends mid-game is here with the Dolby Axon software.
I can't even begin to tell you how often I've been raring to play some "Team Fortress 2" or "Counter-Strike," get a bunch of friends together and be held up by someone having a microphone issue. Lagging sound, echoing, volumes being wildly disproportionate; I've dealt with every kind of issue imaginable and I'm certain you have, too, if you have ever played a PC game with a friend.
The first thing I noticed when my friend said "hello" via Axon was that the sound quality was crystal. I was not aware that better sound quality was an option when using USB headsets but upon hearing the quality of the sound from this system it is impossible for me to switch back to Teamspeak. It was as though my buddy was standing right next to me in the room.
The other aspect I noticed was how sleek the interface is and how quickly the program loaded despite having a litany of features.
That was only my first five minutes of exposure to the software. Upon playing around with the tools available to me I was pleased to find that
Another small feature was the ability to use separate push-to-talk key configurations for different chat windows. Most programs allow you to set one push-to-talk button that automatically activates your microphone when pressed. Axon, however, allows me to set multiple key bindings so that I could use one key to talk to my friends in game and another to talk with another set of friends, or even my girlfriend. Again, these may be small things, but having a program that simply works is important when you're already worried about having to make headshots.
The basic Axon program is free, but the
However, even if the game you are playing doesn't support this feature,
The other nice thing about the
If you use a communication program for PC games stop using that program and try out the Dolby Axon software. You'll be glad you did.
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