For other uses, see Offset (disambiguation).
For step-by-step instructions on how to set the universal offset to the correct value, see How to use the Offset Wizard.
Universal offset is the audio offset option that applies to all beatmaps in the osu! client. Setting it to a value other than
0 adds a delay between every beatmap's song and the other associated sounds and graphics. Setting the universal offset to a positive value will make the sounds and graphics associated with the beatmap appear earlier, while setting it to a negative value will make them appear later.
Each player's optimal universal offset value differs due to variations in their systems. A Universal Offset, other than
0, should only be used when all beatmaps have a noticeable delay. Otherwise, a local offset should be used instead. An incorrectly determined universal offset will cause significant timing problems on all beatmaps.