Windows 10 PC/Laptop allows users to use a variety of third party peripherals for various tasks. One of the most commonly used peripheral devices is the microphone. While all the Windows 10 PC/Laptop devices feature an in-built microphone, we may need to use an external mic for recording purposes or even for gaming. If you use an external microphone, and it is not configured properly, chances are that you will face issues like a constant buzzing or even background noise.
Lets take a look at how you can fix those issues –
Basic Approach to getting Crystal Clear Audio Output –
1. The most primary approach to getting crystal clear audio output is to buy high quality microphone. We also get headsets with superior noise cancelling capabilities. These provide high quality sound output.
2. The market today offers two kinds of microphones – USB mics and the standard 3.5mm mics. While USB mics are great for beginners, and may even cost significantly lesser than the latter. The best option however, is the standard 3.5mm mics.
3. You can even invest in Pop Filters or Air filters to further improve audio output.
4. Make sure you maintain a distance of one foot between yourself and the mic. This distance varies from person to person, and you can do a precheck before your recording sessions
5. Finally, check that your microphone is fully charged, the connection with your PC is robust and secure, and the drivers are up to date.
Reducing the Background Buzzing Noises –
First, open the Control Panel on your PC/Laptop. you can do so by searching for the Control Panel in the Cortana Search and selecting the Control Panel app.
In the Control Panel window, Select the Hardware and Sound Option. You will now find settings relevant to all the Hardware related to your Windows 10 PC/Laptop.
Inside the Hardware and Sound Settings, select the Sound Option. This will now present to you the required settings connected to Audio input and output.
Now, in the dialgoue box, Head to the Recording Tab. You will now see a list of all recording devices that have been detected on your Windows 10 PC/Laptop.
From the list, Right Click on the microphone device that has been causing problems and click on Properties.
Head to the Level Tab, and set the microphone level to 100. You may find that be default, it may have another value, but whatever the case, chenge it to 100.
If you still find that the output is low, try adjusting your distance from the mic.
In case you have a mic and headset with superior noise cancellation capabilities, you can head to the Immediate mode settings and check the boxes next to the Echo Cancellation and Noise Suppression.
Once these selections have been made, click OK to save the changes.
In this method, we will make use of the pre installed Playing Audio Troubleshooter.
To do this, Open the Control Panel. You can do this by searching for the Control Panel in the Cortana Search Bar and click on the app. Now select the Troubleshooting option.
In the left pane, click on view all to see all the available Troubleshooting options.
Now navigate through the list and select the Playing Audio Troubleshoot.
Now follow the simple on screen instructions and complete the Troubleshoot.
There are high chances that there won’t be any issues detected, but in case there are, Windows 10 will either resolve the issues or tell you exactly what you should do.
Checking the Drivers in Windows 10 –
In this method, we will check whether or not the microphone’s drivers are up to date. To do this, open the Control Panel and search for Device Manager in the search bar. Open the Device manager.
Navigate thorugh the list, locate the Sound, Video and Game Controllers option and expand it.
Now Right-Click on the Microphone Device and select the Update Driver option.
Next, click on the Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software, and assuming that your internet connectivity is stable, Windows 10 will automatically browse and download the Latest Drivers for the Microphone.
If the current drivers on the Microphone are the latest build available, Windows 10 will prompt you that the drivers you have are the latest available.
If Windows 10 detects a new driver, it will download and install it. You will have to reboot your device after the installation.
Sometimes, Windows 10 will find a new driver but will prompt you to manuallly install it. In such cases, you will have to go to the manufacturer’s website, and download the latest drivers from there.