Voice Detection Sensitivity

When unmuted during normal use, Milo uses voice activation detection (VAD) to avoid transmitting continuously, even when nobody is saying anything. When a Milo detects sound that is likely to be speech, the microphones open and the audio is transmitted to the group.

Sometimes, loud non-speech noises can trigger the mics. You may notice this for example when someone in your group is skiing down an icy slope. On the flip side, if someone in your group is a quiet talker, the group might miss some of their comments, even when their Milo is positioned well.

Milo Link enables you to change VAD sensitivity to address these situations:

  • For each Milo you want to change, go to Advanced Settings, then choose Voice detection sensitivity.
  • By default, sensitivity is set to be Balanced across a wide range of use cases
  • Set to Low when you want to filter more loud noises, but be aware that you now also have to speak louder to trigger VAD and transmit what you say
  • Set to High for someone who is soft-spoken and in a fairly quiet environment. More noise my be transmitted at this setting.

To summarize: A quiet person in a quiet environment would choose high sensitivity. If there is a lot of background noise, choose lower sensitivity, and remember to speak up.