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Windows 7: Eliminate ambient noise while recording? Missing audio settings?

18 Feb 2012   #1
lullabymysmist

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Eliminate ambient noise while recording? Missing audio settings?

First of all, I understand without being in some sort of perfectly quiet environment/home studio, nothing can be perfect.

That aside, I recently purchased a new USB condenser mic (cardoid) and it can pick up all sort of sounds from my keyboard typing, mouse clicks, and my PC fans. My PC is positioned about as far as it will go without pulling the plugs out. It might also be worth noting there are no speakers on my PC.

I've also read there is supposed to be a Microphone Boost in my recording settings as well as a Microphone Enhancements tab? There never has been, on any mic I've used on my PC. And it's been suggested that this might be a possible fix, but I'm sort of doubtful on that.

I've been thinking of investing in more audio equipment (shock mount, scissor arm, pop filter?) or perhaps returning it for a different mic altogether. But would this help me?


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19 Feb 2012   #2
Fred Garvin

Windows
 
 

The Mic boost feature will raise your mic recording level. You don't want to do that with a condenser mic. The mic you need depends on the type of recording you're doing. Something like a Shure SM58 is a nice industry standard vocal mic for less than a $100 and it won't pick up all the background noise like a condenser. Or if you're setting up a studio, Aurelex foam or carpeting in the room will make a huge difference.
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19 Feb 2012   #3
lullabymysmist

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Well I thought maybe lowering the mic boost to decrease the volume might help.

I was getting it for podcasting, livestreaming, and youtube mostly. So no, I wasn't building any sort of studio, but I certainly don't mind spending money on some audio equipment either.

But I can put the mic almost...five (?) feet away and hear no change in the sound. Which makes me think buying anything else wouldn't help a bit. And I don't want want my mouse and keyboard clicking while I'm recording. Alot of people seemed to suggest condenser mics for this sort of thing.

Some of the other recommendations I've heard are the Samson CO1U and Rode Podcaster. I also forget which mic it was but one of them picks up a lot of noise at first until you turn on some setting in the software or something along those lines?

I did just get done removing the dust out from my PC and that helped out very very slightly.
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19 Feb 2012   #4
Fred Garvin

Windows
 
 

The problem is the type of mic you're using. Google condenser mics. They are designed to be very sensitive so they are going to pick up background noise very easily. I would not recommend one for the type of use you're planning.
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19 Feb 2012   #5
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

I have a home recording studio (using Sonar X1 and Pro Tools MP9). I have a high $$ studio condenser mic and a couple inexpensive (but works good) MXL condenser mics. They are ultra sensitive and designed for the singer to be about 10 to 12 inches away from the mic. I have others such as Shure Beta 58's, SM58 and SM57 dynamic mics, which are designed for the singer to be up close to the mic for best response.

However, the "studio" and "PA" type mics will not directly connect to a PC. You need a preamp to amplify the low level mic level up to the near line level that a PC's sound card requires.

The USB is an option and Shure and others make dynamic mics that are USB connected. But unless the USB mic has a record level control it's iffy if it will work correctly.
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19 Feb 2012   #6
lullabymysmist

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

yeah I had found out (after I bought it, sadly) that they were very sensitive. But alot of people were also saying that dynamic mics were much poorer quality. Saying that the mics you buy at Wal Mart/Best Buy were usually dynamic. One website said something along the lines of to have good audio quality you will eventually want to ditch that dynamic mic and pick up a condenser mic.

Was also looking around last night and perhaps I could go the other away around with various silencing stuff for my PC. Maybe this sort of stuff would work. My PC isn't as noisy as a truck or anything, but it isn't perfectly quiet either. I was also reading there are silent mice and keyboards. The mouse clicking is actually louder then my PC fan.
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19 Feb 2012   #7
fireberd

Windows 7/10 64 bit
 
 

Wal-Mart is not the place to buy good quality mic's. Dynamic mics are very high quality. The majority of mics that are used by bands at concerts are mostly dynamic mics and a large majority are Shure brand. The Shure SM58 and SM57 are the workhorses.

On line stores such as www.musiciansfriend.com www.sweetwater.com are where to look for quality PC mics for POD cast or whatever. Here is an SM58/USB combo listed at sweetwater: Shure SM58-X2u | Sweetwater.com
Here is an article on podcasting from Shure: Shure Americas | How-To | Podcasting 101: How To Get Started
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