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Eliminating White Noise in OBS: A Step-By-Step Guide

Jan 23, 2024

If you've been struggling with pesky white noise while recording or streaming with OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), you're not alone. In fact, it's a common problem faced by many users. The good news is that it's easy to fix - and in this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the process step by step.

First and foremost, keep in mind that white noise can be caused by various factors, including poor-quality microphones, interference from other devices, or even software-related issues. To get rid of it, we'll need to pinpoint the source and then take appropriate action.

  1. Check Your Microphone: A low-quality or malfunctioning microphone can be a major culprit behind white noise. Make sure your microphone is properly connected and working. If possible, test it using another software or device to ensure it isn't the issue. If your mic is the problem, consider upgrading to a better model.

  2. Adjust Microphone Settings: Open OBS, then click on 'Settings' and then 'Audio.' Here, you can adjust your microphone's gain or volume. Lowering it might help to minimize white noise. Alternatively, you can also experiment with different audio sample rates.

  3. Use Noise Suppression: OBS comes with a built-in noise suppression feature, which can help reduce white noise. To enable it, click on the gear icon next to your microphone in the 'Audio Mixer' panel, then select 'Filters.' Click the '+' icon and choose 'Noise Suppression.' Adjust the suppression level, then close the filters window and test your audio quality.

  4. Add a Noise Gate: A noise gate helps to filter out any unwanted background noise when you're not speaking. In the 'Filters' window, add a new filter by clicking the '+' icon and selecting 'Noise Gate.' Tweak the settings (such as close and open thresholds) to strike the right balance between eliminating noise and maintaining natural speech.

  5. Eliminate Interference: If your recording environment has other electronic devices like phones, speakers, or routers nearby, they could be causing interference. Try turning them off temporarily or moving them farther away from your microphone to see if that helps.

  6. Consider a Dedicated Audio Interface: If you're serious about recording or streaming, investing in an audio interface can vastly improve your audio quality and help you get rid of white noise. These devices work as an external sound card, providing improved audio processing and noise reduction.

The bottom line is that getting rid of white noise in OBS is a matter of trial and error. By following these steps, though, you should be well on your way to crisp, clear audio for your recordings and live streams.

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