Light Clicking Noises During Audio

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Re: Light Clicking Noises During Audio

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:31 pm

Noise Reduction works on noises that don't change over time such as fan noise, or microphone hiss. It doesn't do well with noises that change such as background voices ... or crackles.
I was hoping that the $130 that I spent would buy me out of my problems.

So you have a Yeti with racing stripes. The Yeti Pro goes for $270.
That sentence suggests you had this problem with other microphones or techniques. Describe that.

Do you have an iPhone?

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Re: Light Clicking Noises During Audio

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:58 pm

Hey Eric. Sounds Great!

Just to get that out of the way.

We can do two directions at once. I boosted the background noise from your last post. Ignore the hiss. We know what that is. Attached. What in your room could be causing the rumble sound? If you really pay attention, could this be your computer fan? You can go a good long way toward quality reading by finding the cause of that rumble. It could be air conditioning. Refrigerator?

Way down at the bottom of the list:

Are you recording in a room with fashionable bare-wood floors and plain white walls? It's not really crushing important, but there is a slight "recording in a kitchen" sound behind your voice. We can't take echoes out of a performance, so it's you, the microphone and furniture moving pads.

This is a bit overkill, Starbucks optional, but the furniture moving pads are not a terrible idea. For the price of one or two Acoustic Foam panels, you can get a box of moving pads.

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Start by putting one on the table or desk.

One of the forum performers made a 'pillow fort' out of pushed together Home Depot plastic pipes covered with blankets, quilts and duvets. Same effect. I believe she's a published audiobook presenter now.


In case you missed the direction this is going, If the computer fan is causing noise problems and you used to have electrical noise problems and you could be having USB noise problems now, the solution is keep the microphone and room but change the computer.

You don't have to change it to another computer. You can use a personal recorder, iPhone or iPod.

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Re: Light Clicking Noises During Audio

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:14 pm

There's another handy-dandy solution. If you think the rumble is coming up through the table or desk (lift the Yeti while speaking and see if it goes away) that's simple to fix.

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Doesn't have to be Stephen King, but it does have to be heavy.

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Re: Light Clicking Noises During Audio

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:29 pm

Found it.

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Re: Light Clicking Noises During Audio

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:28 am

Recording from a Yeti blackout microphone with the gain to 1/4 and the pattern to cardioid using replay video capture to create a .wmv file.

And you're doing that because your show is really video and we're processing the voice part.

Do you get the crackles if you capture a voice clip with nothing running but Audacity recording directly from the Yeti? Or is that what the last clip was?

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Re: Light Clicking Noises During Audio

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:02 pm

I know my questions sometimes get lost in the dialog, but do tell us what the original problem was that you were solving with the Yeti.

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Re: Light Clicking Noises During Audio

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:51 am

do tell us what the original problem was that you were solving with the Yeti.

And it would still be really good to know that.

Regular Yeti microphones (even ones with racing stripes) are a slave to the quality of the USB connection. The computer people make services as cheap as possible depending on the microphone to bail them out. The microphone is made as cheap as possible depending on the quality of the USB connection to bail them out. If you have a perfect storm, nobody is bailing anybody out and the sound gets noisy.

Yetis feature prominently in forum postings, and even though we've developed some fancy filters for one or two of the noises, we've never actually fixed one.

In general, once you start having troubles like this we recommend trying the microphone on another computer. If the recording is clean, your computer has troubles, if they're both noisy, the microphone may have troubles. Yetis can have a third problem, too. The second computer can have one of the other Yeti noises.

Did you keep the microphone receipts and shipping information?

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