I seem to be getting a small noise or hum when recording with my USB microphone.

Modified on Thu, 16 Oct 2014 at 11:32 AM

Microphones are very delicate and sensitive products. Your Editors Keys Studio Series microphones should be very clear, however if you do hear a loud electronic noise or static whilst recording, this can usually be fixed by checking the following:

  • The USB cable could be damaged, so it might be worth trying another one. Our microphones use the same cable as a printer USB cable, so it's worth trying a new cable to see if this could be the cause of your issue.
  • If the recording level is set up incorrectly on the system preferences or control panel on your computer, the recording software may be adding gain to compencate for the low recording level. It's worth checking your system preferences/control panel to make sure it's picking up the SL microphone at least 80% volume, and making sure it's selected at around the same in your recording software. 
  • Make sure on your recording software you're only recording as a 'Mono source', as most condenser microphones are a mono input source. If you choose stereo it will try to fill in the blank channel, which can sometimes add noise or damage your audio.
  • Your computer could be causing a small electro static interference. This sometimes happens if you're recording on a laptop and the laptop is just running off battery power.  If you do experience this, there are great noise reduction plugins for programs like Garage-band  Pro Tools, Cubase and Logic which can clear this sound, getting rid of it all together without effecting the quality of your audio. It works by just getting rid of the frequency of the static.

We hope this helps, but please contact us for more advice or help.

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