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Reducing static/background noise from microphone when recording?

scarecrowlol

Scarecrowlol

Location: New Zealand

Joined: Jul 06 2012

I have a Behringer C1-u studio condenser mic, which is a rather cheap mic, and i have been having big issues with the sound having lots of fuzz when recording. As it is the mic is really quiet and i have to boost it in windows to make the recorded sound audible, but i begin to get more back noise and hiss the louder i boost it.

Any tips to get around this?, or will i have to settle with quiet recordings...

Record closer to the mic,

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

Record closer to the mic, record somewhere the room is quieter, play louder,

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or beat your sound file over the head with a hammer, if you can't record it right.

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Auriplane!!

Move it away from your

Ennea

humhum..

Location: Germany

Joined: Apr 09 2010

Move it away from your pc/laptop fan, try various distances with less mic amplification etc. Playing close to the mic has usually the best results

Yea good idea, i've seen a

scarecrowlol

Scarecrowlol

Location: New Zealand

Joined: Jul 06 2012

Yea good idea, i've seen a lot of posts on the net about this mic being quiet. I generally record with an amp so i'll to try some positioning relative to that, hopefully i'll find a good medium. If that doesnt work i'll take auri's advice and beat my sound file XD

Thanks for the advice ^^

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Hey B0ss ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Find out exactly where the

Yogurt

Joined: May 23 2011

Find out exactly where the unwanted sound is coming from, you can't really fix a problem without understanding it first. In my case, I have a loud PC fan which I have to manually set to 0% every time I record.

How do you amplify the

Clanver

Pixelfingers cant play

Location: Germany, Kiel

Joined: Jan 03 2009

How do you amplify the microphone ? Maybe some cheap input device ?

i think there are two

scarecrowlol

Scarecrowlol

Location: New Zealand

Joined: Jul 06 2012

i think there are two problems, one is my current amp puts out a small hiss which they mic probably receives, and also i think if i boost the mics pickup volume too much it gets all this fuzz

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The problem with the hissing

Ifver

Joined: Jul 09 2013

The problem with the hissing amp can be solven white easily i think. When you're done with the recording, just record the hiss your amp makes, and reverse the phase on the "hiss-track"
As for the mic fuzz, they tend to need a pre-amp to get decent volume without distortion.

Re: The problem with the hissing

jit

Joined: Mar 04 2009

Ifver said

The problem with the hissing amp can be solven white easily i think. When you're done with the recording, just record the hiss your amp makes, and reverse the phase on the "hiss-track"
As for the mic fuzz, they tend to need a pre-amp to get decent volume without distortion.

I actually never thought of that, does phase cancellation really work with hissing?

I was going to say he would need some type of phantom power, but I guess probably not since its a USB mic. It's either self powered(doubtful) or powered by the USB 2.0/3.0 port.

Another thing he can do is put some type of sound barrier such as a foam pad like 2 or 3 feet away opposite of where he's recording his guitar.

Re: The problem with the hissing

Ifver

Joined: Jul 09 2013

Yes, it should. The waves should cancel out each other and it will disappear. In worst case the hissing gets different when he plays, but it will probably still help a little.

I should have looked up that it was a USB mic we where dealing with here. Those are mostly made for recording speech as far as I know, so I don't think there is any ordinary way to get a better volume out of it. But I wouldn't mind being proven wrong here!

The foam idea might make for a drier and "purer" sound, but since you loose some of the natural reverb you might end up with an even quieter recording, but try and experiment, it might sound better

No, that doesn't cancel,

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

No, that doesn't cancel, because waves have phase and you aren't controlling for it. It might help though--can't hurt to try.

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Auriplane!!

I don't know if it's going to

ForestMarth

Location: France

Joined: Dec 31 2009

I don't know if it's going to help, but I also use a USB condenser microphone and I encountered the problem of low volume.
Since the microphone is a condenser one you can't record too close to the music source : you must find the best distance. But as a result the volume recorded is low.
I guess the solution I've found isn't the best, but I've been (at least until now) satisfied with it : I record the sound with Audacity and then I use a Compressor effect on the recorded track. Thus, the volume of the recorded track is way higher.