How To Remove Static From Microphone

There’s nothing more frustrating than setting a microphone up for an event or recording session only to find out that there’s some strange white noise crackling through the speakers. 

There are a handful of reasons that a microphone will emit static sounds. The most common problem is that the gain, which is basically the mic’s sensitivity, is set too high on your amp or audio interface. 

If you have overwhelming static, it can have 3 main causes, presuming that the equipment is not broken.

  • You did not push the jack far enough into the plug hole.  Do not force but gently push it further in.The jack or plug is not properly connected. You perhaps may have plugged the mic jack into the wrong plughole. Check that and if it is difficult to read which plug hole is which, use a torch light to read the icons above the plug holes.
  • You could position the microphone at least 10 ft away from speakers, amps, or devices. If you’re speaking into a mic and sending the audio out of an amplifier or speaker at the same time, changing where you stand will remove the feedback. 
  • Occasionally, the low- or high-frequency sounds from other electronics can trigger audio static. If there is a phone, TV, or other audio equipment near the microphone, move it.
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If none of the above work, it probably has to do with the wrong setting in the software application you are using to record sound. 

If you work with your camcorder, chances are that the built-in mic picks up sound from the mechanism inside the camcorder. This is not static, but you probably interpret it as such.  

Either way, it is messing up your audio and I advice to use an external mic, because camcorder mics aren’t that great to begin with, even the prosumer models have disappointing quality.

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Amit Gupta
Amit Gupta

Hi, my name is Amit Gupta, and I am the owner and contributor at Radaudio. My passions include guitar, bass, and piano, as well as a range of classical instruments that I have been playing since school.

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