How to Make Your Microphone Sound Better

Whether you’re a streamer or just a gamer, do your viewers and friends a favor by enhancing your audio waves! While it can be a bit of a process to setup the software and at times certainly a little frustrating, overall it can be worth it. I started looking into how to make my microphone sound better after purchasing a Blue Yeti microphone almost a year ago. Since then i’ve learned a lot of the major do’s and don’t that weren’t in the many guides I had read. To avoid making a guide that simply repeats the wheel here, I’ll just lay out some of the major points I’ve learned and link to the setup guides I found most helpful.

Streamer
If you’re a streamer and you use OBS you can actually enhance your mic by using VST plugins directly within OBS. Alternatively if you want more control over your audio waves, you can pair it with REAPER.

Other
If your not a streamer but want more control over your audio (this is the path I took) then you’ll need Voicemeeter Banana (or voicemeeter potato but see further down about this choice) and REAPER (not Cantabile! see further down)

Use Voicemeeter Banana create more audio ports for your PC. You’ll have virtual inputs and outputs to wire your audio through software and such. Using an audio mixer like Voicemeeter opens the window to using soundboards, or changing audio levels out/in to specific application(s).

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    • Hi Jean! Sorry for my delayed response. Without knowing the specifics of your setup such as what microphone you’re using, software you’re using (discord, zoom, skype, or software specific to the microphone like Logitech Gaming Software, Voicemeeter, Audacity etc.), and Operating System, it’s hard to diagnose what the problem could be. By “echoing issues” do you mean you’re hearing yourself more than once? If so, then you’re likely struggling with a feedback loop. This means somewhere within your setup, between the moment your microphone sends your voice into the computer and the moment it is sent to the software in which you are using to hear yourself, the recorded audio is actively recording itself while it is trying to make its way from start to finish.
      I would suggest making sure you have the most up to date audio drivers for your computer. Some microphones/headsets will have their own audio drivers, so you’ll want to fetch the most up to date version which are commonly posted on the product’s website for download. Next make sure any software you’re using for your microphone is updated as well. Lastly take an in depth look at both the input and output audio channels that you’re sending your microphone through. What I mean by this is your computer has multiple input and output channels to accomodate for various levels of audio quality. If you’re using something like Voicemeeter or another software that acts as a sound mixer would (conducting where to receive and send audio as well as make changes with it between the in and out ports), double check their isn’t any redundant or unnecessary paths the audio is taking. You want to make sure you can fully understand the path your audio takes from start to end. If there’s some point in this path where you’re not sure how connects from one software to another, then this could be the area that is causing the issue.
      On the other hand if by “echoing issue” you mean the audio quality when you use your microphone sounds as if it has some reverberations going on, you can tweak your audio quality by using third party software such as using VST Plugins. With VST Plugins and similar software, you can do some truly incredible stuff including cutting out frequencies humans don’t speak on but background noises such as air conditioners, computer fans etc. are on. By making a bunch of these little adjustments you can clear up the clutter and focus on making the needed ones for countering any reverb issues.

      Hope this helps,

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