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Crazy static from microphone

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Every time I stream, there's this loud static in the background and noise cancelation from built-in software absolutely butchers sound quality. Help!

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Is it unaffected by microphone distance from either you or the speakers? Also, what microphone is this? What stream software are you using?


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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, fasauceome said:

Is it unaffected by microphone distance from either you or the speakers? Also, what microphone is this? What stream software are you using?

My speaker to mic distance is about 1.5 ft, but my speakers aren't used during streaming. I use OBS, and my microphone is the BM-700. I know a YouTuber I watch a lot by the name of Donut Operator uses the same mic, and it sounds great.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
4 minutes ago, TempestCatto said:

How close is your mobile phone when recording? How do you have it patched in? Make sure everything is grounded properly.

Patched in? Grounded?

The phone is about 1.5ft away also.

 

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Yes, how is your mic connected to your computer. Because if it's just XLR to 3.5mm TRS I would suspect that's the issue.

Try keeping your phone as far away as possible. That could indeed be a cause.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I believe it is XLR. Is that the large cable with 3 prongs? Also, there is a little box that plugs in via USB with 2 XLR cables running out: one to the mic, and one to the 3.5mm jack on my PC.

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We just found out your problem. You're using the 3.5mm TRS input on your pc. Long story short, the mic preamp on pc's is about as good as the ones on a child's toy. You should really use an XLR to usb cable over the 3.5mm TRS.

What is the name on that "box" your mic plugs into?

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Honestly, something like this is more what you need. And since you already have the phantom power supply (that little box you have) you'd be set. Though it does have built in phantom, I don't know if your mic needs more than what it supplies (but that's where your current phantom power supply comes in). https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EK1OTZC/ref=psdc_11973691_t2_B00154KSA2

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks! Is there something of the sort maybe cheaper? Or is the extra $10 spent worth it?

And if the 3.5mm is garbage, how does it hook up to your computer? 

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What I linked will interface via usb. If you do get it, try just using it's own phantom power, you mic may not need the full 48v and this thing might have enough juice to give.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Well, it works great. There’s still a slight bit of background noise, so my volume is slightly lower than I prefer. Any way to turn up the volume without turning up the static too? Also there seems to be lots of acoustics.

 

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What do you mean by background noise? Noise from within your room is being picked up? Try turning down the gain in Windows, and turning up the gain on the unit itself, play around with both of those and find a comfortable spot. Are you using the unit's 48v phantom power? If not, try using it instead of your other phantom power supply. Noise can be attributed to dirty power, as in the power from the wall. Make sure you plug it into it's own outlet, and not a powerstrip. Dealing with live sound, if I plug my active speakers into the same circuit as say a refrigerator, there will be anything from white noise to buzzing, when the refridgeragtor's compressor kicks on. So make sure you're also plugging into a less populated circuit as well.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Ok. Ill keep that in mind. It’s definitely plugged into a busy power strip, but will the wall plug in the same room still work? I’m not sure because of my busy strip being in the same circuit. I’ll try and mess with the gain too.

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The wall plug in the same room may still produce noise, but I would suspect it would be a lot less than the powerstrip. Either way, you may end up with a little bit of noise no matter what you do. That is, unless you wanna spend more money. That's the problem with sound, it will never sound as good you want it to.

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