How can I improve the sound of my computer mic?

Here are a few tips on how to get a good audio recording with a computer mic.

  • Try to be in a quiet and absorptive environment to avoid background noise and echo-y reflections. Many great songs have been recorded under the sheets or in a closet, which actually works really great!

  • Do the Sound setup. Seriously, do the Sound setup. We know it seems to be of less importance when you're full of creativity and just want to get it out, but what's going on there is actually Soundtrap making sure your recording wont get distorted. Click Settings in the studio header and then Sound setup (1).

  • Stay close to the microphone. This increases the direct sound/background noise ratio.

  • Use a pop shield to remove the low-frequent "pops" that occurs because of the puffs of air created by consonants (such as "b", "p", etc). The closer you get to the microphone, the more this will be an issue, unfortunately.

  • Use headphones to avoid the sound from the computer speakers to accidentally be recorded, causing nasty feedback noise.

Also of course, some effects can be added to "repair" a bad recording - however this is often very hard to do. Our suggestion then is working with an equalizer (EQ) effect to filter out unwanted frequencies.

(1) Settings -> Sound setup

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