Fix Baldur’s Gate 3 No Sound or Audio Bug

One of the most anticipated releases of 2023 is here. Baldur’s Gate 3 has finally made its way to the official release and has finally let go of the “Early Access” Tag. Considering how much hype this game managed to create since the early access, the 500,000 concurrent players on Steam make sense. Baldur’s Gate III is a turn-based RPG developed and published by Larian Studios. It is the third main installation in the Baldur’s Gate series and is based on the tabletop role-playing system.

Since the full release of Baldur’s Gate 3 has taken place, many gamers have complained about the no sound issues. Since we are very active on forums, we see many gamers be victims of the Audio bug or no sound in the game when nothing like this existed during the Early Access. So if you are facing the same problem while playing Baldur’s Gate 3, then these steps might come in handy to you and will fix your no sound or audio bug in BG3.

Baldur's Gate 3 No Soung Bug

Fix Baldur’s Gate 3 No Sound or Audio Bug

Before we start looking at the basic tips, let’s first check out the fixes recommended by some members of the community. So this post comes from a steam user called /Emet_Selch:

No audio
Aside from the Larian Logo, there is no audio at all in this game on my Alienware Laptop. Anyone else having issues with sound?

I only hear the button hover and clicks. else no music and no sound in cinematics

Here is a fix recommended by a member of the community on the same post:

Disabling all other audio devices like monitors and usb audio fixed the issue for me. Only left audio device is my headset.

What the user means is you will have to go to your Sound Settings, and disable every Audio Output other than the one you are using. Let me tell you, this bug is quite common for people who like to keep their controllers connected to their PC. Some games start recognizing these controllers as audio devices.

The second fix, which has already been recognized as one of the working fixes, comes from a user called /winters:

I think I fixed the sound for me. Try going into the your sound device properties or running a search for “Spatial Audio”. I had mine with the “Windows Sonic for Headphones” enabled.

I turned it off and then loaded the game. Sound works perfectly now.

You can check out the discussion here.

Here is the third fix, coming from a user called /tom316:

Under the audio settings tab there is an occlusion type setting for audio. Turn it all the way down to the lowest setting. This helped and fixed this problem for me. Audio is now back to how it was during EA.

These three were the most upvoted fixes that I managed to find. If these don’t end up working for you, try the ones given below:

Make sure you are using Proper Audio Output

Sometimes, your primary output switches automatically when you plug in a new audio controller or a second audio device. Then you might have this no-sound issue in Baldur’s Gate, and to fix that, follow these steps.

  1. There will be a speaker icon in the lower right corner of the screen, specifically on the system tray.
  2. Find that and Right click on it.
  3. The Sound Settings will open up.
  4. Select the proper output device from under the Sound Tab you intend to use.
  5. Click Okay and hit Exit.
  6. Try Restarting the game, and you should have the audio output now.

Switch to a Headphone with 3.5mm Jack

If you have two types of headphones, Wired and Wireless. Use the wired one with the 3.5mm jack and connect it directly to your PC by putting it inside the Speaker/Audio input and then run the game.

I had a similar issue, and what I did was I connected my HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Gaming Headphones. I disconnected it and plugged in my MSI Wired Gaming Headphones, and my Audio issues disappeared. We also have reports that people are having problems using USB Powered headphones, which can be avoided by switching to 3.5mm jack headphones.

Change Playback Device Format

You might also have sound issues if you don’t have the game audio routed through the Native Windows Settings. You can make changes to these by following these steps.

  1. Find the Speaker icon in the System Tray and right-click on it.
  2. Click on the Playback Device Tab from Sounds.
  3. Right-Click on the Properties and go to the Advanced Tab option.
  4. Change the format from 48000Hz 16bit (DVD Quality) to 96000Hz 24Bit as the output.
  5. Hit okay and rerun the game.

Enable all the Audio Enhancements

Enable the audio enhancements to fix all audio-related issues because disabling them leads to audio loss sometimes. Follow these methods to enable them.

  1. Get to the Sound Settings and select the Playback Tab.
  2. Right-click on the Playback Devices.
  3. Select Properties and click on Enhancements.

Update the Audio Drivers

If none of the above seems to work, you can try updating the drivers. A lot of the websites will tell you to reinstall drivers, but you shouldn’t do that until and unless you are having issues with all the games and applications. If all other apps and games run fine, then it’s Baldur’s Gate’s issue rather than your native settings.

However, if you are still concerned, you can reinstall the audio drivers by downloading them from the Motherboard Manufacturer’s website. But remember, do not download any essential drivers from any 3rd party random websites.

If you think this guide has helped you, then let us know in the comment section below. Also, if you are facing problems that are not mentioned in this article, then also you can comment below. We will try to come out with a fix. Good luck!

That’s all, folks!

Last Updated on August 4, 2023

1 thought on “Fix Baldur’s Gate 3 No Sound or Audio Bug”

  1. For any X3D users, this game MUST run on all cores. Manually edit via core parking tool to all cores. Fixed my sound

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