| By: Rachel Shaw

How to avoid background noise when streaming

Background noise can be a huge pain, especially when trying to conduct professional, virtual events or meetings. We know that to some extent, any type of sound recording will generate a smidge of background noise. However, there are a number of ways you can minimize interference. 

In this article, we’re going to outline our four top tips to help you avoid background noise as much as possible and be well on your way to smooth sailing streaming sessions. 

1. Room With Fabrics Improve Acoustics 

You could have one of the best microphones in the world, and it still won’t make you sound like a God if the room you’re experiencing streaming noise problems in produces a lot of sound. Sometimes, it can simply just depend on the walls, floor, or any other surfaces around you. 

Whilst you might think this is out of your control, it isn’t! In fact, by simply padding your room with some fabric, you’ll be able to avoid background noise with ease. 

When it comes to choosing the right sound absorbing fabric, there are a number of key factors. Fortunately, however, there are also an equal amount of textiles. Check out Fabric Wall’s article on “Which Fabrics are Good for Acoustics” to get a better idea of what to look for. 

If streaming noise problems aren’t so much of an issue, or you don’t want to fork out a wad of cash to upgrade the room, you can go for the extremely cheap option – just hang up some blankets! 

2. Hide Yo’ Kids, Hide Yo’ Pets! 

We all love our kids, we all love our pets. But what we don’t love? Getting interrupted during an important stream. Seriously, you can even watch some news bloopers online to see just how people react – you’re for sure going to laugh at their frustrated response to a child or pet barging into the room whilst they are conducting a virtual meeting. 

Now bear in mind, we’re not telling you to lock them away. We’re just pointing out that maybe to avoid background noise (or unplanned interruptions), you should keep them both preoccupied until you’re finished. Put your child in front of the TV with some candy, put your pet in front of the TV with a treat. Regardless of what you decide to do, make sure that you create boundaries.

3. Distance Yourself from Air Conditioning, Fans, and Windows 

With Spring and Summer slowly creeping up, you’ll start to open up those windows or turn to the all-mighty air conditioner for some cool air. Although both will keep you from overheating, both will also introduce streaming noise problems into your environment. 

A simple technique? Turn down the fan, AC, or move further away from it. If this is really bothering you and you have no other option, you can look into investing in a windscreen as another possible solution. 

4. Avoid Bleed and Use a Quality Headset With a Microphone 

If you have a headset, use it. If you don’t have a headset, you definitely need to invest in a quality pair. Using a headset ever-so-conveniently places a microphone right next to your mouth. This means that as you’re talking, it’s likely to only pick up your voice over any background noise. 

avoiding noise with a headset
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If you’re looking for a solid set, check out our previous article on “The 5 Best Headsets for a Seamless Virtual Event Experience” – with all of the great options, you’re sure to find one that will knock your socks off, and get rid of any streaming noise problems for good. 

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