Static in podcast

Recorded podcast is full of static. Recording levels are ok. Using Tonor USB-mic and latest version of Audacity. Last post about this problem was from 2011 and did not end with any kind of solution. Have been trying to tweek settings and positioning of microphone and other electric appliances around it, but the problem remains. Does anyone know what could cause this or how to remedy the situation?

Heres an example:

All help is greatly appreciated.

Which operating system?
Which version of Audacity? (Not just “latest”, look in “Help > About Audacity” for the version number)

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and Audacity 2.1.1

It sounds like it is picking up some interference from your computer.

From the comments on Amazon:

That Mic is not good for anything. I sent it back.

From the description of the mic on Amazon:

Conveniently set with the help of stand and clip, desktop mic stand. Plug and play, start recording–no extra gear needed! Effective recording distance is 10ft in a quiet room; High performance microphone accurately reproduce.

…Scientific mechanics stand design…

Doesn’t anybody read anything anymore? Or do they simply believe anything they read?

Are you close to an amateur radio operator? One of these on a roof-top (attached)? I’m a comfortable walk away from three of them in opposite directions.

I swear I can almost get English words out of the pattern of on-offs in your noise. It’s probably that thing where your head makes up patterns when it can’t find them any other way. sh SHSHSHSHSHS sh. That’s “R.” SHSHSHS SHSHSH SHSHSH. That’s “O.” etc.

Last post about this problem was from 2011

It has been the experience of the forum that once you have USB microphone noise problems, they’re permanent. Some computer and microphone combinations just hate each other. The only two sure, permanent solutions are use a microphone that doesn’t say “USB” anywhere in the title or take the existing microphone apart and change the internal engineering.

Please note the ACX AudioBook recommendation is an analog microphone and a USB MicPre and processor (blue thing on the left).

A not-sure solution is to change computers. One poster’s microphone worked fine on the neighbor’s computer. That’s not guaranteed.

We can put good engineering reasons why all of these should work:

Re-arrange the room.
Change the Cable.
Make the Cable Longer.
Make the Cable Shorter.
Change the USB Port.
Put a wall-powered USB Hub in.
Take a wall-powered USB Hub out.
Run on batteries.
Run on wall power

Each of these steps will change the problem a little—usually enough to encourage you. But none will suddenly reduce the problem to zero.

This does remind me of a relatively simple hum problem I had in my “studio.” It was two problems, so only after I stopped what I was doing and ripped the room apart did I discover it (them) for a permanent fix.

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Thank you so much for your responses! I will try to figure it out and will post results in here when I have them.

Result was that I bought a decent analog mic and returned Tonor USB-mic :slight_smile: