Liking annoying distorted sounds and audio clips is a guilty pleasure we all share. After all, annoying audio clips are what make online content more fun and engaging.
What’s most interesting to know is that many online creators, including youtubers, podcast creators, gamers, twitch streamers, product reviewers, and reaction video creators deliberately use a technique called mic earrape in order to add an element of surprise and get their viewers more hooked on their content.
How to make your mic earrape?
If you are interested in making your mic earrape for creating screeching, squealing, distorted, farty, and warbly sounds, there are many different ways you can do it.
One of the simplest ways is to simply get very close to your mic and scream out the words or sound you want to create for making your mic earrape.
Step 1: Take only your mic and remove its pop filter or any other type of accessory.
Step 2: Connect the mic straight to your audio interface and feed it directly into your computer without using any discrete mixing console.
Step 3: Remove or turn off/disable the compression effect on the DAW that you are currently using. This is because the compression effect compresses the dynamic range and softens harsh sounds that have high dynamic levels.
Step 4: Get very close to your mic and loudly scream the words or sound you want to create. Doing this will help you distort your mic and make your mic earrape.
How do you get earrape microphone?
There is no such product on the market as a earrape mic. This is because you can make annoying screeching, distorted, and over different sounds using any type of microphone.
You can use the mic that you currently have to make your mic earape. But if you have already tried doing that and haven’t been successful, we recommend following the steps below:
Step 1: Get very close to your mic and scream out the words or sounds you want to create as a mic earrape effect. If you have already recorded the audio clips, you can skip this step.
Step 2: In your DAW, find the effects section, and choose the distortion effect.
Step 3: Drop your screaming audio clip on the DAW audio editor console and use the distortion effect.
Step 4: If you do not achieve the desired result, we recommend increasing the gain of the distortion effect. The higher the gain, the more distorted the sound will be.
Step 5: If you do not have a distortion effect in your DAW, a good alternative to it is the overdrive effect. Overdrive is similar to the distortion effect.
Step 6: If you do not have any effect plug-ins in your DAW, you can purchase them. Another alternative solution is to use a distortion or overdrive guitar effects pedal that you or your friend has.
Why to make your mic earrape?
It goes without saying that one of the best benefits of making your mic earrape in your online content is to grab the attention of your viewers and audience.
With several mic earrape audio effects in your online content, there is an element of surprise which does not fail in keeping the viewers hooked and wanting more.
When to make mic earrape?
It can be quite tricky to decide when to make mic earrape audio effects in your online content. One of the best approaches that many professional online content creators take is to use mic earrape snippets to emphasize their jokes or reactions.
One good suggestion is to use a mic earrape audio effect post one minute of your online video or game stream.
It’s also recommended to use one or two mic earrape effects in between your videos and twitch stream in order to grab the attention of the viewers and keep them hooked in your online content.
How do you use earrape on iPhone?
The best part about creating mic earrape effects is that you can use your iPhone or any android phone in order to get the job done. We recommend following the steps listed below:
Step 1: In your iPhone or android phone, locate the voice recorder app.
Step 2: Get very close to your iPhone’s mic and then press ‘start record’ on the voice recorder app.
Step 3: Scream out the words or sound you want to create as a mic earrape effect.
Step 4: The final step is to transfer the audio clip that you have recorded in your iPhone to your computer and then to the DAW in order to mix it with your online content.
How do you make an earrape in GarageBand?
Making mic earrape effects through voice recording in GarageBand is simple. It is simpler in newer iPhones that have newer iOS versions. We recommend following the steps listed below:
Step 1: Open GarageBand on your iPhone.
Step 2: Open the voice recorder in GarageBand.
Step 3: In the voice recorder, you get the option to choose between different types of voice recording effects, including alien effects, robotic effects, megaphone effects, and more.
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How do I make my mic sound bad?
One of the most simple and hassle-free ways to make your mic sound bad for creating making your mic earrape is to remove its pop filter or any other type of filter and scream directly at it.
Doing this introduces an element of distortion which, in turn, helps you achieve the desired mic earrape effect.
If you have an advanced microphone that has a saturation controller, make sure to turn the saturation controller all the way down.
How do I lower my mic bitrate?
Lowering audio bitrate (or simply audio quality) is a great way to make your mic earrape. In fact, this is the approach that many professional youtubers and twitch streamers take in order to add a punch to the mic earrape effects they use in their online content.
In order to lower your mic’s bitrate, we recommend following the steps listed below:
Step 1: In your DAW, look for audio bitrate sampler.
Step 2: If you can find it, use it to lower the bitrate of your screams or other sounds that you want to present as mic earrape effects in your content.
Step 3: Experiment with various levels of bitrate reduction in order to achieve the desired results.
Step 4: If you don’t have a bitrate sampler in your DAW, you can purchase the plug-in. Another good alternative is to buy a cheap bitrate guitar pedal and use it to directly lower your mic’s bitrate.
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