How to Make Any Microphone Sound Better For Free!!!

How to Make Any Microphone Sound Better For Free!!!


Do you struggle with audio to make your
voice sound clean crisp and rich while you’re streaming if you do pay attention
because I’m gonna show how to take any cheap microphone or any expensive
microphone and make it sound professional with a few easy tips and
tricks that’s gunna be one of the best changes that will get you up and
running in just a few minutes let’s go! Hey it’s me it’s Wild coming at you for
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talking about oh did you all a favor I put links in
the show notes below so make sure you check them out so audio is any key
component to any live stream or even just content creation on YouTube to be
honest you got bad audio you’re probably not gonna get much viewership on
anything but not to worry I’m gonna show you how to take any microphone yeah any
microphone that you currently have and I’m gonna make it that much better by
giving you some simple tips and tricks that not a lot of people really talk
about and this will work for a whole host of different USB mics and XLR mics
so let’s get right into it first thing you need to do is learn about your
microphone I mean I get it when you first get your microphone off Amazon
you’re really excited you just plug that sucker in and you start going but you
need to learn what type of microphone that you got and you know everybody
gets really confused because you see all these podcasts and movies and TV shows
and everybody automatically thinks that they have a shotgun microphone and you
need to learn what type of microphone you got so that way you get the best
results out of it one of the strongest things that
everyone seems to overlook is learning about the insides of your microphone let
me ask you a question do you know what your capsule is in your microphone guess
a better question is do you know what a capsule is a capsule is the actual
receiver that takes in the sounds and for a lot of people they have their
microphone pointing the wrong way or they treat their microphone like a
shotgun microphone you most likely don’t have a shotgun or
directional microphone learning where your capsule is ensures that you’re
gonna get rich sounds through your microphone and for most microphone
companies out there the reason they put their logo or badge
on the front is because that’s where the capsule is pointing out from right from
this mesh screen here the capsule is just sitting right behind it on the
front side here it’s not on the back and it’s not on top and this is a common
mistake that you see with blue microphones that’s why they put their
logo on front which is why they started adding it on their boxes you probably see a
lot of people talking through their blue Yeti just like this nowadays a lot of
microphones have switches or dials on them and what those switches and dails are for are for different modes that the microphone is capable of just like my
Yeti Pro right here it has different directional patterns
that it’s gonna pick up now the one that you’re gonna be most enticed not to
increase audio in your stream right now is cardioid and what cardioid allows us
is sound directly coming from the microphones front well allowing sound to
fall off up the sides and negating sound from the back which is perfect for
live-streaming and content creation on YouTube now if your stream or video is
picking up a lot of background noise it’s most likely because your microphone
is set on an omnidirectional voice pattern which means it’s picking up
sound from a full 360 degrees around which is why you want to set your
microphone to cardioid so that way it’s only picking up sound from the front not
sure if your microphone has a cardioid pattern we’ll check the back and check
the settings on the actual drivers for it or you can just always look in the
manual that comes with your microphone but let’s be honest if you read you
wouldn’t be here if cardioid pattern kind of looks like a like a butt or a
heart or a pizza with a slice kind of missing that’s kind of how you’ll now
just set it to that and you will sound better right off the bat if your
microphone has a gain controller try setting it down to the lowest setting
that is possible on it before it affects the actual sound of your voice and
volume because this is gonna help reduce background noise peaking and echoing
within your sound and oh yeah one of my favorites it’s gonna help reduce the
factor of that white staticy-echoy-power noise that comes to your
from when you crank it up way too much now if your microphone is too quiet when
you turn the gain down I actually find it better to go into the gain settings
on whatever program you’re using whether it be something like OBS or audacity or
whatever you use and adjusting the gain and there I find that to be better but
just to let you know each manufacturer but microphone is a little bit different
so it may take a little tweaking on both sides to find the correct sweet spot for
your gain now we need to find a clear path for your microphone and I want you
all to do me a favor it’s not putting the microphone directly
in front of your mouth this is doing you no service at all on gaining viewership
every person out there who has a microphone needs to create a clear path
we all get into our mind from watching TVs movies voiceovers and recordings
from singers we all see these candid photos where the microphone is literally
only about one to two inches away and that’s not how it works it doesn’t work
like that at all there’s actually a good amount of space between the microphone
and the person who’s projecting the sound and there’s a couple of reasons
for that when you have enough space you’re
allowing the air to dissipate before it can go into the microphone hence
reducing plosives which are things like when you say Peter Paul picks a bunch of
peppers all those P sounds that are pushing air aren’t being picked up in
your microphone which is gonna hurt a lot of people’s ears another thing is
peaking when you have the mic really close you’re probably gonna get really
excited when you’re streaming and you’re probably gonna enunciate a lot of words
which is gonna blood off the microphone which is gonna blow up your jumps of
your viewers very bad and the last one is something that a lot of people don’t
ever talk about if you’re really engaged with being a streamer you accidentally
probably spit on your microphone and not know it so having a distance there
allows for the moisture to go down in a way so that way it won’t eat away at
your mesh on your screen there which is why it’s there to protect it because I
want you to have your microphone for a long time now generally whenever you’re
streaming yeah I will agree having a microphone in front of you is best but
you need to make sure you have enough space for the path that we stated
forward before but if you want a cool awesome tip do me a favor just set the
microphone down a few inches so that way your air can travel out of the way and
it’ll still pick up those rich sounds or if you want you can move it up and flip
the microphone down that way your air can still travel through and trust me
it’ll still pick up your rich sounds you won’t notice any difference
plus it’s gonna do a lot better for your microphone now one of my favorite things
to do is I actually don’t like to have my microphone in front of me at all I
actually have it skewed off some where between like I don’t know 20 and 45
degrees off to the left hand side and it sounds just as good and I know my air
and plosives are not gonna hit it and I know it’s in a safe spot and another
awesome tip the reason I love having it off to the side is because if you’re
streaming just like this or showing any type of content creation where you have to show your face your mic isn’t blocking your face it’s not all the way up and you’re in
here and you know it’s taking away from the visual representations of your
stream just have it set over to the side and you’re good if you need any audio
checks go ahead and check out some of the other videos I’ve done on
microphones and you can see how it sounds by just setting it off the side
it makes a huge difference vibration and bouncing of sounds is
something that’s very small but it makes a huge impact when you can take those
things away from your streams or content creation so step number one is get your
microphone off of your freaking desk get rid of these stands and invest in a good
quality boom arm if you have a light microphone you know you can get away
with one of these newer boom arms it’s gonna be fine I don’t care what people
say about it thing works great for only $12 or fifteen bucks but if you want to
get something that’s a little bit better I recommend the rode psa1 that’s a very
good one or if you want to take a look at the blue compass which I’ve done a
review about I’ll put that in the top corner right there that’s a great arm
that you can use that’s gonna help get the get your microphone off your desk
and the reason you want to get off your desk is because whenever you’re
projecting sound towards a hard surface like your desk it’s gonna bounce down
into the desk and go back into the microphone which is gonna make not
really a crisp sound and when the microphone is up in the air like this
all the sound that you don’t want just passes by it and it’s only gonna pick up
the richness of your voice which is what I want now if you do get a boom arm make
sure that you get something that works your needs think about – length and all
that stuff but to reduce a vibration you may want to consider investing into a
mount of cradle or a shock mount which is how it connects to the end which I
totally forgot I just put over here so here you go here is a shock mount that I
have from blue you just attach your microphone in here so anytime that the
boom arm shakes or you accidentally bump it all of these threads and all these
elastic bands right here will absorb all the shocks of that way it won’t
affect the microphone and its innards from routing a lot rattling around
ruining the audio quality of your stream I am always astonished by how many
streamers out there do not have a voice pop filter this thing they cost like 8
to 12 bucks get one it’s gonna help reduce peaking and those voice plosives
that we talked about before and it’s not going to be that intrusive and get some
that connect to your boom arm up there you can have some that sit directly on
the actual screen of the microphone you can even get some that snap on and you
can get one that’s just like this which can basically connect to wherever you
want and this is going to help reduce those plosives and the air that you’re
pushing into the microphone so that way you’re not blowing out any air drums
please get one of these now what are the more complex ways to really increase the
sound quality of your microphone comes down to the filters that are available
in the broadcast or audio software that you’re using and you want to take a look
at these filters it’s introducing them will really increase the quality of your
microphone the first filter that you should look at is a compressor filter
which essentially is every time you yell or do loud noises into your microphone
it’s gonna set a nice level for it which is great if you’re really enthusiastic
or a ragey-salty streamer sometimes just like me
or it’s gonna help out with the low ends if you’re whispering or being like
sneaky or what sometimes is happening really big on Twitch right now is ASMR
it’s gonna help boost up that sound on the lower end for you the next filter I
want you take a look at is the gain filter within the software and we talked
about this earlier in the video and this is gonna adjust the overall volume I
find the gain filters on the software do a little bit better job than the gain
filter on the microphone so tweak this if you need make adjustments to the
overall volume of your microphone but make sure you don’t put it too high
noise gates are one of my favorite filters that I use on every streaming
software that I have and essentially what this does is that you are putting a
threshold of where sound has to go over before it’s detected by the microphone
unit so if you have low sounds or sounds that you want to negate for example like
keystrokes on a keyboard or Mouse clicking which can be very annoying
trust me it is this can make that be below that threshold so it’s not picked
up on your microphone I recommend to every single
person have a noise gate out there noise suppression is a great filter that
doesn’t get talked about a lot you know we were talking about omnidirectional
and how there’s 360 degrees of sounds even though your microphone may be on a
cardioid pattern the sensitivity of that mic or capsule in there is still gonna
pick up a lot of sounds that are coming from the entire room or your entire
house what’s going on outside so adding a noise suppression filter is gonna help
eliminate background noises this is good if you have really loud fans on your PC
or just your AC unit or heating unit is on in your house or if you have an
annoying brother that’s screaming out in the background or babies or any noise
coming outside from cars or motorcycles anything like that
having noise suppression is really gonna clean up that environment sound that’s
coming into your microphone and negate it or at least suppress it down
now voice filters can be very difficult and if you would like an in-depth video
that goes way more on how to get the most out of voice filters to make your
microphone sound velvety-smooth I’ll be more than happy to do a video on that just give me
a favor leave me a comment below so that way I can see how much engagement there
is for it I just nailed all the best free ways you can improve your
microphone literally right now yeah go do it you’re gonna see a world of
difference in fact I recommend recording yourself before you make the changes and
after you make the changes you will be blown away by the improvements you are
welcome this video is so awesome I’m literally sweating by the end of it
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73 thoughts on “How to Make Any Microphone Sound Better For Free!!!

  1. Who else clicked fast asf for wild 😂?

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  2. Oh my goodness thank you soo much i am going to try this! I am going to watch this video and do everything in it!

  3. I would love an indepth video on the filters and settings within the streaming programs. Thank you for the info here. I will most definitely be trying these out when I get home.

  4. In depth video would be so helpful! I currently use the meteor mic. It's ok but could be better… or maybe I just don't know how to use it to the best of its ability yet!

  5. that mic in front of the face part is great advice and actually kinda relates to a pet peeve of mine whenever i see people take mirror selfies that completely block their face like i wanna see your face, not so much your phone!

  6. Great tips. I use a Blue Snowball, since I'm just a beginner, but getting the filters down was my biggest challenge

  7. I took some time and created a sound box using an egg crate foam bed topper and a cardboard box.
    It makes a huge difference and I don't need a boom arm since the mic doesn't side on a flat surface!
    you can get the foam for very little money at Walmart or any place that sells bedding supplies.

  8. Greate topic as always! Also OBS supports VST plugins. They can do much better then default filters. Reaplugs are free and powerfull for beginners. Few videos on youtube and u can become a vstpluginmaster. Hope u will give us some advices about it soon 🙂

  9. I use the VTC Plugins to reduce background noise specifically the voxengo plugins as they have a noise reduction filter built in

  10. Please make an in depth video on how to find and set our settings within obs. they are so confusing. :c

  11. Thank You So Much For This Video. No One Explains It Better Than You! Before, I Had A Artics Pro Headset Than I Swapped To A Blue Yeti Wtout Changing The Settings Than People Said With My Yeti I Sounded Worse, Now After Your Vid, My Mic Quality Is MUCH BETTER. Much Appreciated!

  12. Just wanted to say thank you since I started watching your tutorial videos as of 30 minutes ago I achieved affiliate status thank you for the great work it is now time to make the stream and content even better keep up the amazing work

  13. Wild i need some help, I have applied for twitch affiliate and it says that 3 out of 4 steps have been completed. The last method is the payout method and I have searched and watched a few videos on it and 1 said that it could take 1-3 days and it has nearly been a week. Any advice?

  14. You hit on a few key ones, Wild. I'd like to add a bit to some of what you said.
    1) The space you are in matters a whole heck of a lot more than the equipment you're using. You can have a $20,000 microphone, but if you're sitting in an echo chamber with all kinds of background noises (computer fans, barking dogs, meowing cats, tv in the other room), you'll sound far worse than someone in a nice quiet environment with a $20 microphone.
    2) Choose the proper mic for your needs. Don't choose the Blue Yeti because everyone says, "OMG get the Yeti!!!". In fact, for probably 90% of streamers, the Blue Yeti is exactly the WRONG microphone.
    3) Position matters The absolutely wrong way to use your mic is to put it 3 feet away off camera on your desk because you don't want it in frame. Unless you've got yourself a great shotgun mic like the MKH416 setup on a boom arm above your frame. Of course, if you've got a rig like that, you aren't watching this video in the first place 😛
    4) The mic is your instrument, so play it. Your microphone should be NO MORE than 8 inches away from your mouth. Period. Ever. If your mic is at arm's length, you're doing it wrong. Want that nice, warm, intimate sound? Get right on up on that grill. It's called the proximity effect. The tighter the pattern, the more pronounced it is (usually – some mics try to counter it with hi-pass filters or other tricks)
    5) Aim the mic at your voice, not your voice at the mic. Get a pop filter or a windscreen to help deflect/divert/disburse the wind coming from your mouth. Don't speak directly at the diaphragm. Point the mic to the corner of your mouth.

  15. This was an amazing video and answered alot of my questions specifically with the way to do noise supression such as key strokes and mouse clicking. As someone that is new to streaming only as of two weeks ago and hit affiliate within my first week I have been doing alot of catch up and sometimes things are a bit overwhelming, one of them being audio with my new Blue Yeti mic. So thank you for this video, and thanks for all the other turtorial videos that I have watched over the last two weeks that have really helped me grow. Cheers my dude.

  16. Thank you so much! I was using my blue yeti wrong i was using it like a boom mic. Keep up the good work!

  17. Hey WILD4GAMES I am starting to stream on ps4 and the graphics are not the best is there any way to fix that or invest into Equitment and can you give me a link to how to get your first 50 followers?

  18. I literally do or have done all of this, so not sure why I watched it 😂 however great video it really does make a difference. I agree with noise gates being massively important! 👍🏻

  19. Hey you probably wont see this but I wanted to say thank you. I started streaming in march and have not grown much sadly, but your videos have helped to encourage me! I have been working on my channel and streaming more! i am always happy and looking forward to streaming. even tho i usually only get around 2 to 3 viewers at a time. But lately i have gained more followers, this isn't much but i gained 17 followers in 3 weeks now i have 31 followers which is more than i made in 4 months. All this to say thank you for lifting my spirits! Also i use a blue yeti.

  20. I too would like an in depth video on audio filters. Since you are one of the few people that makes videos about how to do stream and you're a streamer that does art, it'd be cool if you made a video specifically about streaming and doing art and what kind of setup or materials are software would be best for that

  21. Thank you for this, I JUST got the blue yeti mic upgrade from the blue snowball, I got the wind filter pop filter and shock mount installing Monday, I did read the manual but you gave me great advice.

    Only request would be how to clean the voice a bit. When I talk I heard I have a deeper voice with a husky sound to it if the makes sends. To clean up the blur in the voice pattern if that makes sense. And yes of course Voice effect YAAAAAS PogChamp

  22. I have the Audio Technica 2005 but there are no switches to change the pattern, is there any advanced audio driver besides VoiceMeeter?

  23. Wild4Games I wanted to know the last part of the video where do I find the software for what you was saying to make the mic sound better. I got confused with google any suggestions please help.

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