Ever had an online meeting where the host is constantly typing or watched a tutorial on YouTube where the keyboard noise of the instructor distracts your attention to the lesson?
Well, we all know how annoying it is and to some extent, everyone who is too conscious about having the perfect online stream, podcast, and online meeting is too afraid of getting the keyboard noises recorded.
It just reduces the quality of the content especially when the sound is very loud.
To have maximum views and to satisfy the viewers and online meeting attendants it very important that you learn how to avoid such distractors and unnecessary voices.
If you are confused and have no clue about how to do it, you don’t have to worry about it anymore as we are here to guide you to the max. in this article, we will be sharing a few tips and tricks with you about how to reduce keyboard notice on your mic.
What Are Keyboards?
A lot of us are already aware of the working and features of an ordinary keyboard that usually comes or is attached to a computer or PC.
Most of us also use a keyboard with an iPad or tablet.
However, no matter for what purpose and for what kind of content you are using a keyboard for they all do the same work.
But the good thing is you can manipulate them according to your needs and purposes.
In order to understand how you can reduce the keyboard noise on your mic you first need to have to know about the types of keyboards.
Features of a keyboard:
- They have keys that can be pressed to type or give a command for operations.
- There are more than 50 keys on a typical keyboard
- There are keys for numbers, alphabets, and signs and some general keys for commands and shortcuts on a keyboard.
- They have three layers of plastic
- The upper layer is usually made of silicone.
- Some of the keys are removable.
- Keyboards are either wired or wireless.
Types of keyboards:
If you don’t already know how many types of keyboards are available in the market let us amaze you that there are dozens of microphones that are available.
All of these are used for different purposes. But most of us are only aware of the ones that come with our PC and laptops. Here we are only going to discuss a few types with which you can attach a microphone.
1. Mechanical keyboards
These are the most commonly used keyboards and most of us are already using them.
The keys are just inserted inside the board and are removable.
They are the most economical keyboards and the easiest to use.
2. Gaming keyboards
There are a huge number of people out there who use gaming keyboards for the very purpose of playing games.
Gaming keyboards are the second most commonly used keyboards.
These are specially designed for gamers and have a few different features than normal keyboards.
Each key has a specific function; however, the design is very similar to that of the mechanical keyboard.
3. Wireless keyboards
The wireless keyboard connects with your computer, PC, or tablet through Bluetooth or infrared and 2.4 GHz.
When you press the keys on the board a wireless signal is automatically sent to the computer and the operation is performed.
They usually use batteries to work and are technically more complex than gaming and mechanical keyboards.
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What Are Microphones?
Now that you are aware bout the keyboards let us now tell you some basics about the microphone.
Microphones are available in different kinds of sizes, designs, features, specifications, and processes in the market.
Some of them are complicated while some of them are very easy to use. Let’s have a look at the features that all mics have in common.
Features of a Microphone:
- All microphones have a diaphragm which can be either small and large.
- All microphones have a capsule that has either a ball or oval shape.
- The sounds wave hits the diaphragm to produce an output signal
- There is a coil next to the diaphragm that vibrates to give sound.
- Microphones are other wired or wireless.
Types of Microphones
There are typically two types of microphones that you will normally get to see in the market.
Both of these are designed for specific purposes and vary in price.
1. Condenser Microphones
These microphones use either batteries or phantom power to work.
They usually come with a 3 pin XLR cable.
These are most commonly used for recording one’s acoustic instruments such as guitars.
These microphones are not very good at rejecting background noises so will need to have a pop filter with them.
They are very sensitive to the surrounding noises. So, if you are using a condenser mic while typing on the keyboard you better be extra careful with that since it will pick the sounds.
2. Dynamic Microphones
The second type of microphones that are available in the market is the dynamic ones.
Now, these microphones do not use any batteries or phantom power for power supply and hence they don’t require any external cables.
These microphones are widely used for recording outdoor and live performances.
They have an excellent off-axis noise rejection that means that they are good at rejecting background noises to the maximum since they are not sensitive mics, unlike the condenser ones.
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How To Reduce Keyboard Noise On Mic?
Now let’s move back to the main topic. You can try the following methods or tricks to avoid or reduce the background noises on your mic to the maximum.
1. Use a silent keyboard
One way to avoid the annoying typing sounds of the keyboard while recording on your mic is to purchase a silent mechanical keyboard.
Most of the mechanical keyboards are available with a kid of a soft silicone membrane that covers the keys on your keyboard.
When you start typing on your keyboard no matter how to face your type, they will produce minimum sounds of typing.
2. Modify the keys on your keyboard
If you do not have a silent mechanical keyboard and you do not want to invest in a new one then we will recommend you to change the keys on your keyboard with silicone keys.
Most of the keys on a mechanical keyboard are removable you can just take off the cover of the keys and replace them with silicone ones.
You will easily find them online or in the market, available in all sizes and designs and are usually transparent and produce less sound when pressed.
3. Position the microphone in the right direction
If you are looking for easy and immediate results then try by placing or positioning your microphone in the right direction to avoid the problem.
Some people place the mic so close to the keyboard.
Try placing it at a position where it will be not too close to your keyboard.
4. Choose a headset microphone
Headset microphones consist of a headphone that has an attached mic with it what these mics do is that they will help you to avoid the surrounding noises since the position of your microphone while be only close to your mouth and you don’t have to place them on your desk or working table while streaming online etc.
5. Choose the right polar pattern
There are several polar patterns available such as cardioid, multidirectional, Supercardioid, and omnidirectional pick-up pattern.
Always choose the cardioid or Supercardiooid polar pattern since they are good at rejecting the noises in the background.
6. Use a dynamic microphone
Since dynamic mics are less sensitive to background noises you can also use them to avoid the noises of your keyboard.
Most of the musicians such as rappers and beatboxers use them to get maximum output and avoiding any other sounds from the surroundings you can try these out as well for reducing keyboard noises.
7. Install noise-blocking software’s
There are a few noise-blocking softwares especially for gamers that you can download on your computer or PC.
You can manipulate the settings and control the keyboard sounds with the help of such software.
They will filter or block the unnecessary sounds and wholly give transparent sounds.
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Keyboard sound while recording is no doubt the most annoying to deal with both for the one who is recording and the ones who are listening to the recordings.
They can bring your recording quality down and will let your views down especially when you are doing online game streaming.
Sometimes these can be too loud that they will block your sounds and the people won’t understand what you are saying and which is a huge turnover for content creators these days.
Most people avoid this issue in the beginning and after doing a lot of hard work with the recording they become frustrated with the results.
But we hope you are not going to do this mistake since you are here. We hope the tips and methods that we shared are quite helpful and will solve your problem.