6 Common Microphone Problems in Windows 10 and How to Fix Them

By | January 5, 2022

Does your microphone make you sad? Here are six common problems with microphones in Windows 10, and how to fix them.

With the work from home revolution changing the way we get work done, a working microphone is now more important than ever. You can now conduct meetings from the comfort of your home, but this means you need a microphone that transmits your voice clearly.

If your microphone isn’t clear or doesn’t pick up sound at all, you need to get it fixed right away. These are the six most common microphone problems in Windows 10 and the solutions to each problem.

Mic Intermittent or Not Recording At All

There might be some problems if you get no sound at all from the microphone. It could be due to improperly configured sound settings, or it could be because your microphone has gain control set to mute.

Privacy settings can also be an issue where apps are not allowed to access your microphone. Some Security Suites can also block access to audio data. It’s also possible that the app itself you’re using has the voice chat volume set to zero.

Too Much Background Noise

There are times when you cannot escape a noisy environment. Whether you’re in a meeting at a coffee shop or your neighbors are having the loudest party, background noise can be more than just a distraction. So, if you’re in an important meeting or interview, here are some tools to reduce it.

Use a Noise Canceling Microphone

Since 1935, noise-canceling microphones have been used in military and commercial settings. They work by placing the mic diaphragm between two ports one pointed towards your mouth and the other a little further away.

When ambient sound enters both sound ports, they reach the diaphragm almost simultaneously, reducing the volume. But when you talk to one port, the other port facing the environment won’t pick up as much of your voice. This allows you to be heard more clearly through environmental sounds.

Newer technology uses two microphones instead of two ports. It then uses built-in digital signal processing to cancel out ambient noise. Some new technologies, such as Clear Voice Capture, use algorithms and AI to filter out noise.

Use AI Background Noise Cancellation

However, if you don’t have a microphone with built-in noise-canceling technology, you can download an app that works for you. One of these popular applications is Crisp. The team behind the app recorded 20,000 different noise sources and 10,000 sounds totaling over 2,500 hours of recording.

They then used and trained the neural network to effectively remove background noise. What is impressive about this app is that noise removal is performed on your system. They don’t send data to their servers to process your audio.

Free kris up to 240 minutes a week. If you want to use more than that, you need a subscription. But if you have an NVIDIA RTX GPU, you can use NVIDIA Broadcast to get rid of the noise. This is a free application made by NVIDIA that removes background noise using a powerful RTX GPU.

You Get Distorted Audio

If your audio is distorted, your voice or recording may be too loud. This occurs when the sound signal received by your microphone (or other components in your system) is too strong. When that happens, the details of your sound source are truncated and are not recorded.

To avoid this, you can move the microphone away from you or the source of your sound. And if your microphone has physical gain control, you can adjust it to lower the volume it receives.

There is Excessive Wind Noise

Sometimes, your workstation can overheat. Naturally, it’s normal for the fan or air conditioner vent to point your way. However, the blowing air can be picked up by your microphone. As air enters and flows past your microphone, it interferes with the diaphragm inside causing the familiar wind noise.

To avoid this, all you need is a microphone windshield. The microphone windshield disperses the wind when it hits the microphone. This causes air to move around the foam and does not cause vibrations. At the same time, it still allows sound waves to penetrate as usual, without any loss of quality or volume.

You Can Hear the Popping Sound

When you make sounds like “p” and “b”, you also create significant airflow into your microphone. When this airflow hits the diaphragm of your microphone, it produces a short distortion that sounds like a small boom.

The easiest way to get around this is to move away from your microphone. You can also set it pointing up or down. In this way, the mass of air escaping your lips will pass through or under it. But if you can spare a few bucks, you can also get a pop filter.

This inexpensive piece of equipment mounts to your microphone stand and sits between you and your microphone. This absorbs and disperses rushing air, preventing it from hitting the microphone diaphragm. You can even see it working because it will wiggle a little when you make a plosive sound.

Your Microphone Quality is Poor

If you use your laptop’s built-in microphone, you can’t expect the best quality. After all, manufacturers have to make a lot of compromises to get a small microphone into your device. Entry-level headsets and headphones may also experience the same problem.

The best way to get excellent audio quality is to invest in the right microphone. If you mainly use it for meetings and other vocal recordings, you should consider a condenser microphone. But if you don’t have the budget for it, you can also use your phone’s built-in microphone.

Smartphone microphones are designed to pick up sound for conversation. So even if you’re not going to get the best audio quality out of it, it’s still a long way from your laptop’s built-in microphone. DroidCam is one of those apps that lets you use your smartphone as a camera and microphone. It’s free to use, so it’s perfect if you don’t want to spend money on equipment.

Good Audio Save Your Day

When you’re in a meeting, the people you’re talking to may watch poor quality videos. They can even choose not to watch your video feed and still be able to communicate. However, if you have poor audio, then holding a meeting can be difficult.

That’s why you need to have good audio quality. The solutions above cost little or nothing. But if you plan to go beyond meetings and making videos, you should consider investing in a high-quality condenser microphone.