Hi everyone! I’m hoping you can help. Sorry if this is something obvious.
I’m using a mic (it was one that came with a karaoke game). Oddly enough, it’s the clearest mic I’ve ever owned since I’m not a pro so have never bought a mic for anything. I read some places that using a usb mic can produce better quality than doing it from the soundcard because of interference or something. I tested that out.
I plugged the mic into the pc’s sound card and just sat it in the middle of the room and recorded. Then spoke a little. When I looked at the waveform, I could already see there was a ton of activity during the part when I wasn’t speaking, the waves were about 1/3 to 1/2 the size of the waves of my regular speaking voice. I then plugged it into my usb adapter to use it with the usb port instead and did the same thing. This time, the part when I wasn’t speaking looked like a flat line, so I was sold lol
Anyway, I played it back and heard a weird sort of medium to high pitched buzz. It wasn’t very loud, just loud enough for me to want it gone. I zoomed into the waveform more to look at the flat line. There WERE waves, they were just REALLY tiny, so I wondered if that’s what was making the noise. To check it, I selected the area and used “generate silence” on it. Then I clicked play again and STILL heard the noise on playback.
Any thoughts on what might be causing it?
I’m wondering if it’s my headset. I thought it might be my mic at first, but I played some of the professional (famous bands, coldplay, etc) mp3s I have on my pc that had parts with no music in them and I could still hear that same noise.
If it’s the headset, I’m wondering if there’s anything I can do to minimize that sound since I ONLY hear it when playing things back? If not, I guess I’ll just have to work taking that noise into account when trying to remove noise that’s actually in the recording.
I have no money now, but I foresee breaking my headset at some point in the future lol So whenever it goes kaput, any suggestions on a really good set of studio headphones to buy? I don’t have a pro studio, but I still want quality headphones that block everything out and are good at keeping the audio isolated to just me hearing it.
The ones I have now are um… sony dynamic studio headphones mdr-v150. These have served me really well, a lot of insolation, but if that little noise is being caused by them and there are headphones out there that don’t do that, I’m willing to upgrade.