Disable Audio Level Auto-Adjust in Google+ Hangouts

Many of you know that I hosted a 9 hour musical hangout on Saturday. I did a good lot of DJing, we talked a lot about the current state of music, discussed how I produced, and I even made a song live.

But during that entire time, My hand was constantly adjusting the audio level going into the hangout to try to prevent clipping but still keep it at a solid audio level. And even still, it was unavoidable in many situations that the audio would glitch or clip or even just be far far too quiet.

But musicians, performers, film makers, and obsessive compulsives rejoice, for there is a fix for this problem in Windows. (Be warned, it includes registry edits so those who are made uncomfortable steer clear. But this particular change is fairly innocuous, so you needed fret too much.)

First, Close your browser or any other programs that are using your microphone.

Open Regedit
Navigate to
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Google Talk Plugin]

In this section it should have a string value named "audio-flags" with a value of 3

Change this value to one so it reads like "audio-flags"="1" or as seen below in the picture.

Once you've done all this you can open your browser and launch googletalk/hangouts. I've noticed that if I ever open the hangouts settings tab to adjust any settings it does reset this setting. So be prepared to do it over again if you do that (and subsequently reset your browser).

(I've included a streamlined .reg file to help make this go faster for you, but it comes with no warranty or support and you use this fix or my file at your own risk.)

[Thanks to +Dave Meralus for showing me this fix]

Edit: +Shane Corning pointed out this fix to the problem in Linux http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/gmail/thread?tid=389e3b70988a1711&hl=en
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