Being a gamer, a video editor, or a live streamer, I can say without a doubt that you have come across the problem of your keyboard getting picked up between your audio recordings.
In today’s article, readers will find out how they can prevent their microphones from picking up any unwanted background noise, especially from that of a keyboard.
A keyboard is an essential input device that you need to perform any type of function on a computer, such as playing games, editing videos, writing codes, or performing simple functions such as giving commands to the system.
Before we get started on the methods that you can adopt to reduce your keyboard pick up, you need to know a few basics regarding how a microphone works, so that you can better understand your equipment and take appropriate measures to handle such issues.
How does a Microphone work?
A microphone is a device that converts sound energy into electrical signals which are then either recorded on your device or transferred over the internet or any other mode.
A microphone consists of 4 main components; a diaphragm, a coil, a permanent magnet, and an electric current. It works by the following process;
Sound travels through the air or any other material in the form of vibrations, these vibrations carry energy. When these sound waves come in contact with the diaphragm, it moves back and forth in sync with the sound waves.
A coil attached to the diaphragm moves back and forth as well. Now, this is where the permanent magnet comes in. It produces a magnetic field which when comes passes through the moving coil, produces an electric current in it.
Now, this electric current travels from onto an amplifier or a recording device. This is how you convert your sound into electricity.
Now, a microphone cannot be programmed to only capture the sound of your voice, it will absorb or transfer any sound waves that it receives, especially of a keyboard that is being typed nearby. But, there are certain measures that you can take to prevent this from happening.
Purchase a Quieter Keyboard
First of all, you should consider investing in a quieter keyboard. Mechanical keyboards are fantastic, and the switches they use give you a special typing experience. However, this has the disadvantage of introducing extra noise into your microphone, which you need to avoid.
So try getting yourself a keyboard, which has special keys or keys that can be customized to produce as little noise as possible.
Microphone Sensitivity / Gain may be changed.
Higher-end microphones, such as the Blue Yeti X, typically have a dial for adjusting sensitivity and gain. Simply lowering the sensitivity of your microphone can be enough to prevent it from picking up noise from your keyboard.
But, in some cases, only changing your sensitivity alone may not be enough, try combing it with the sensitivity techniques discussed above. Moreover, it also depends on the quality of your microphone. It might not be well equipped to not capture background noise or it might need a few accessories like a filter and such.
Reposition the microphone so that it is no longer directional.
Easy repositioning would help unidirectional and carbide-based microphones the most. A physical switch on several microphones allows you to adjust the directionality. This is largely dependent on the microphone you have, but keep an eye out because you may be in luck. You may be able to reduce how often your keyboard is picked up by your microphone with the right positioning and settings.
Change the software’s settings
You’ll have to change your settings through software if your microphone doesn’t have sensitivity or volume dials. This is possible in all Windows and most third-party VOIP systems, such as Discord. We suggest changing your Windows settings first, followed by third-party apps.
In Windows 10, you have the option of adjusting the microphone settings according to your requirement. You can do this by accessing your microphone settings from the control panel. From there you can adjust all your acoustic levels, such as frequency, gains, pitch, etc.
To avoid echo, try using a filter as well as an acoustic absorber.
Push to Talk is a useful tool
You can allow push to talk if your microphone is still picking up noise from your keyboard. Your mic will not be heard unless you press a particular key on your keyboard with this setting.
In most cases, you can choose which key will be your activation button. We like to use the left Alt key because it is easy to reach with your thumb. Here’s how to turn on Discord’s push-to-talk function.
1st step: Tap the User Settings gear button, then Voice & Video under App Settings to return to the Voice Settings.
Step two: Select push to talk from the Input Mode menu.
Step 3: Press the key on your keyboard that you want to be your voice activation key, then click the Record Key bind button.
You can use this feature in windows as well; just access the microphone setting from the control panel.
In Discord, change the microphone sensitivity
Step 1: In Discord, go to the lower-left corner and press the gear icon next to your name.
Step 2: On the left-hand side, click Voice & Video under App Settings.
Step 3: Lower the sensitivity of your microphone using the slider under Input Sensitivity.
However, not all mechanical keyboards are created equal. They typically use switches that are tailored to various user preferences. The short version is that a keyboard with red switches is normally quieter than one with “clickys” blue switches.
Now that you know how your microphone works and what steps you can take to reduce background noise as much as you can, you are better equipped to handle rake care of your issue