Best audio settings in MW3: How to turn Loudness Equalization on

Nathan Warby
Modern Warfare 3 Operator with logoActivision

Hearing enemy footsteps clearly is crucial in Modern Warfare 3 match, so making sure your audio settings are as refined as possible is a no-brainer. Here are the best audio settings in MW3 Season 2.

Modern Warfare 3 allows you to play on several classic maps from 2009’s Modern Warfare 2, from common arenas like Rust to larger ones like Derail. With Ranked Play finally arriving back in Season 1 Reloaded, matches are more competitive than ever before.

Running the best loadout is essential but that’s only half the job, as selecting the right settings can give you a major advantage in each game. Audio is especially important since hearing enemy footsteps is the best way to decide on your next play.

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With this in mind, here are the best audio settings in MW3 Season 2.

Best MW3 audio & sound settings

The first step for the best audio settings in MW3’s multiplayer is using headphones instead of a TV speaker. With headphones, you’ll have a much better idea of what’s going on around you and you’ll be able to pick up directional cues that will give away where enemies are.

Once you’ve got your headphones equipped, here are the best audio settings in Modern Warfare 3:

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  • Audio Mix: Headphones Bass Boost
  • Master Volume: 70
  • Music Volume: 0
  • Dialogue Volume: 76
  • Effects Volume: 100
  • Voice Chat Volume: 50
  • Cinematic Music Volume: 50

Voice Chat

  • Voice Chat: On
  • Game Voice Channel: Party Only
  • Last Words Voice Chat: Off


  • Subtitles: Default
    • Multiplayer: Off
  • Subtitles Size: Default
  • Subtitles Background Opacity: 0


  • Mono Audio: Off
  • Reduce Tinnitus Sound: Off
  • Juggernaut Music: On
  • Hit Marker Sound Effects: Classic
Audi settings menu in Modern Warfare 3Activision
Choosing the right audio settings is essential in MW3.

Best MW3 audio settings explained

We start the best Modern Warfare 3 audio settings with Headphones Bass Boost, as this makes footsteps clearer in a match and easier to track. Then, we set the Master Volume to 70 so the game volume is still loud without drowning out your teammates in voice chat, but this can be adjusted to your preference.

Next, we recommend either muting or turning down any sound effects that don’t help with gameplay, so set Music Volume to zero and Dialogue Volume to 76. The key when it comes to audio settings is being able to hear gunshots and footsteps, so the Effects Volume should be cranked up to 100.

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The remaining settings are mostly down to personal preference. We found the MW3 hit markers to be a little loud, so we opted for Classic Hit Marker Sound Effects from the original Modern Warfare 2.

Aside from these, it’s all about adjusting your own Voice Chat and Subtitle options to find the balance that works for you. Audio improvements that arrived with the Season 1 Reloaded update should help you further. But, with these best Modern Warfare 3 settings as a starting point, you should have no trouble hearing the key information during a game.

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How to turn on Loudness Equalization in Modern Warfare 3

In MW3, you can enable Loudness Equalization from the Playback tab, which appears when you right-click the speaker icon on your taskbar. Although this is a PC-only option, it significantly increases the volume and clarity of footsteps, making them much easier to pinpoint.

Here’s how to turn on Loudness Equalization in Modern Warfare 3 on PC:

  1. Right-click the speaker icon on the taskbar.
  2. Click ‘Sounds.’
  3. Head into the ‘Playback’ tab.
  4. Find your audio device and right-click.
  5. Select ‘Properties.’
  6. Head into the ‘Enhancements’ tab.
  7. Set ‘Loudness Equalization’ to ‘On.’
  8. Click ‘Apply’ to save the settings.

Those were the best audio settings in Modern Warfare 3. For more on MW3, be sure to check out our other guides:

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About The Author

Nathan is a Senior Writer for CharlieIntel and Dexerto, primarily covering FIFA and Call of Duty, as well as general gaming news and guides. After leaving university with a degree in Sports Studies and a master's degree in Magazine Journalism, he took on a role as a local news reporter before moving into games media. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].