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How to Make Footsteps Sound Louder in CS2 (3 Ways)

As CS2 relies heavily on sound cues, making footsteps louder can help you win more clutches, and you can do that by adjusting volume settings in a specific way.

Updated on Apr 19, 2024
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How to Make Footsteps Sound Louder in CS2 (3 Ways)

By Adjusting In-Game Volume Settings & Equalizer Profile

That's right, even though your best radar settings and HUD commands will help you see more, CS2 is a game where your ears often provide you with more information than your eyes. That said, when you want to make footsteps louder, you should always start by adjusting the in-game volume settings. 

And generally, if you wish to hear something differently, in-game volume settings are your core place where you should start your problem-solving journey; not in expensive headsets, or fancy external sound cards, although these could help as well.

However, the truth is, there are no universal volume settings that I can give you to make you hear footsteps louder in CS2. But still, there is one equalizer profile you could use to achieve that, and it's called “Crisp”. Here's how to enable it:

  1. Navigate to Game Settings and go to the 'Audio' section.
  2. Head to 'Equalizer Profile' to customize how different frequencies are highlighted in-game.
  3. Set your equalizer profile to 'Crisp'. 

CS2 Audio Settings Louder Footsteps

The reason you want to go for Crisp specifically, is because this equalizer profile is designed to underline mid and high frequency bands, which are crucial for hearing the footsteps louder.

Moreover, with Crisp, you will not only hear footsteps that your ears wouldn't normally capture, but you'll also hear them much more accurately, which helps you to recognize exactly which side your enemies are coming from.

By Using a High-End Pair of Headphones

Even though CS2 players like to say that “the equipment won't win the game for me,” it has a direct impact on the one that tries to win that game and get to that sweet The Global Elite rank (also known as “you”). 

A headset that will allow you to hear footsteps louder in CS2 will probably cost you a minimum of $100, although the best Counter Strike players often use ones for as much as $350.

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Through Enabling Loudness Equalization

Volume equalization is a function that aims to normalize the audio output, ensuring that all sounds are kept at a constant volume level. And logically, by making quiet sounds louder and loud sounds a bit quieter, it can help you hear footsteps and other important game cues in CS2 much more clearly. Here's how to enable it:

  1. Begin by opening the Sound Settings on your computer. This can be done through the Control Panel or by right-clicking on the sound icon in the bottom-right corner of your taskbar.
  2. Within the Sound Control Panel, click on the 'Playback' tab to view the audio playback devices connected to your computer.
  3. Identify and select the speaker or headphone device you are using to play CS2. Then, click on 'Properties' and navigate to the 'Enhancements' tab.
  4. Look for 'Loudness Equalization' and check this option. Then, apply the changes and click 'OK' to close the window.

Loudness Equalization on Windows

However, if you are using an external sound card, the process could be a bit more complicated, and it all depends on your audio interface. Usually, such audio cards come with a dedicated audio software, in which you will probably find the equivalent of the process I mentioned to you above, and you'll still be able to hear footsteps louder (perhaps even more).

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