How to Reduce Background Noise on Mic? – In Windows, Discord and Xbox

We don’t know your exact reason for wanting to reduce background noise on the mic is but it is generally one of these three:

  • You’re on a video conference
  • You’re making videos or streaming online
  • You’re playing video games with your friends

By allowing clear, distinct audio to flow through your mic, you will eliminate the communication gap between you and your intended audience. So, we’ll teach you how to do it the technical way. 

How to reduce background noise on the mic?

There are mainly two ways you can do this. You can rely on and enable Windows and Mac’s own integrated features for microphones. Or you could turn to a software application if your audio driver’s capacity isn’t enough. 

We will take you through the steps for both situations. 

Reduce Background Noise in Windows 10

The option for turning down external noise is hidden in Windows 10. Once you learn how to find them though, it takes a minute at most. 

Step 1: On the search bar located right next to the Start button, type Control Panel

Once the name of the app appears, open it. 

Step 2: A page with various settings features will appear:

Click on Hardware and Sound

Step 3: On the next page, you need to zero in on Sound. Click on it. 

The sound opens to the Playback window.

You need to click the Recording tab beside it. 

Step 4: A list of microphones being used by your device currently or used previously will materialize. 

Right-click the Microphone name you want to reduce noise on. 

From the menu, select Properties

Step 5: Head straight for the Levels tab, which is the third option. 

Drag the slider under the Microphone option to 100. 

The slider of the Microphone boost option has to be lowered to +10.0 dB. This is assuming the number is bigger. 

Step 6: Click Apply and then OK to tap out of the tab. 

Now, check if the audio quality sounds better. 

There’s one extra step you can take if your PC allows it. 

Step 7: The Enhancement option should be nestled in between Levels and Advanced tabs. 

If it’s not there, you should head down to our noise-canceling app recommendation. 

For those who have it, check off the Noise Suppression option. On some PCs, it might be Noise Cancellation

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Checking the Acoustic Echo Cancellation box also helps diminish echo from the speakers. 

Reduce Background Noise in Mac

The option for clean audio recording is more readily found than that of Windows 10. 

Step 1: Click on the Apple icon to choose System Preferences from the drop-down menu. 

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From the options window, click on Sound

Step 2: Jump to the Input tab on the right. 

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A list of microphones in use would show up. You have to click on the microphone you are using for recording. 

Step 3: Among the options, you have the Input Volume. In this case, you want to drag the slider to the middle. 

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The Input level would flash with showing your audio levels every time you talk. It’s a good way to know if your Mac is picking up the volumes properly. 

Step 4: Whether this option is available or not depends on your audio driver. 

If it is available, it is the main feature that will suppress all the outside noises beyond what you’re recording. 

It is the Use Ambient Noise Reduction feature. 

Check the small box beside it to enable it. Leave it alone if the box is already blue ticked. 

Reduce Background Noise Through External Application

There are a couple of software that cancels out background hubbub while using a mic. Audacity, Krisp, and NVIDIA RTX Voice are usually on the most recommended list. 

We will focus on the last application since it has the easiest steps. 

Step 1:  Go to a search engine, type NVIDIA RTX Voice and download the application. 

Install and run the process once done. 

Step 2: A window will open with the following options:

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Select the microphone you’re using under Input Device. 

Additionally, check the Remove background noise from my microphone box. 

Step 3: Drag the Noise Suppression slider to the far-right unless you want to leave some ambient noises. 

That’s it! 

The NVIDIA RTX supports a good amount of applications and software, from Google Chrome to Zoom calls. Whether you’re streaming or doing a voiceover on a video, the noise cancellation would run the entire time. 

Reduce Background Noise on Xbox One

The main background noise in Xbox One is usually caused by the Xbox Live Party. People often complain about hearing echoes of everyone involved in the party through the headset. 

If you are recording or streaming your game, this noise is picked up by the mic too. The solution for this is actually too easy. 

Step 1: On your controller, press the Xbox button. This will open the guide window. 

If you see Audio under System, jump directly there. 

Step 2: If the Headset toggle is off, turn it On

The Headset volume slide should be at its highest. 

For Headset chat mixer, the left side of the slider ensures you hear the game more. The right side ensures you hear the people of the party more.

The safe bet would be to keep the slider in the middle. 

Step 3: For Mic monitoring, keep the slider at the very end on the left. 

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This is what acts as noise cancellation on Xbox One and guarantees you don’t hear the echo. 

Step 4: Now, we go back to the guide window, only we click on Settings now. 

The following window is available:

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Select Display & Sound

Step 5: Tap on Volume. 

Jump to Party chat output

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From the options, select Headset & Speakers

You shouldn’t hear the echo again. 

Reduce Background Noise On Discord

Taking care of the extra noises on Discord is easier than most people think. It’s just the plethora of options scares us at first. 

Step 1: Open your Discord app and click on the Settings icon at the bottom of the screen. 

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Step 2: Head to Voice & Video lined up to the left side. 

The first option is the Input Device. Make sure the device displayed under it is the microphone you are using. 

Step 3: Scroll down to Input Sensitivity

There, under Automatically determine input sensitivity, check off the box instead of turning it on. 

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Now, you can control the decibels yourself. Slide down the slider to the left. 

Check the background noise by tapping on your keyboard. If the levels flash beyond the slider, move the slider further down left.

 Keep on doing it until all background noises are eliminated. 

Basic Measures to Follow for Reducing Background Noise

While various software feature exists to make smoother audio recording possible, there are some basic setup rules you should follow:

  • The built-in microphone in your PC, camera, or mobile phone isn’t the most high-quality item out there. If you can plug in a standalone microphone, do so. Plenty of them come with noise-canceling features from the get-go. 
  • Remove any and all traces of background noises, or however much is doable. Closed doors, closed windows, and a room where outside noises don’t reach easily. Your laptop fan could be contributing to the noise so cool the device down. Additionally, maintain some distance from your mouth and the microphone because breathing noises cause interruptions. 
  • For laptops, the noise your microphone picks up is sometimes caused by the echo from your speakers. Wearing headphones solves that tiny problem. 

Final Thoughts

The noise suppression features could do the magic only so much. Even if you can’t find a quieter room to record in, a dedicated mic with noise-cancellation enabled would be your best bet. Over time, we can only hope the in-built feature on Windows and Mac would also become more sophisticated. 

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