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Advice wanted: Reduce noise from PC when livestreaming
poke86 commented on 22 April 2016 at 4:12 pm UTC

WD Green hard drives for mass storage. Slow, but quiet.

If you're careful and don't mind voiding warranties, PSU fans can be replaced.

Liam Dawe commented on 22 April 2016 at 5:08 pm UTC

I've also had two more ideas.

I'm going to get a vibration pad to sit the PC on, and possible something like that for the microphone (rather than a big shock mount and arm for the microphone, small desk) too. I reckon that + the windshield might help quite a bit.

Liam Dawe commented on 4 May 2016 at 1:55 pm UTC

I got the Windshield btw, and there's literally zero difference.

wojtek88 commented on 5 May 2016 at 7:08 am UTC

liamdaweI got the Windshield btw, and there's literally zero difference.
Have you considered that the problem may lie in microphone, not in the background sounds? Did you try to record with this microphone in some very silent room (for example on long cable or with some super silent laptop instead your monster PC)?

Liam Dawe commented on 5 May 2016 at 8:22 am UTC

wojtek88
liamdaweI got the Windshield btw, and there's literally zero difference.
Have you considered that the problem may lie in microphone, not in the background sounds? Did you try to record with this microphone in some very silent room (for example on long cable or with some super silent laptop instead your monster PC)?
I am positive it's the PC fans.

gaardon commented on 15 May 2016 at 9:50 pm UTC

have you tried to blacklisting the hdmi sound from the graphics card? i also had crackling noise until i blacklisted the hdmi sounds. might not be relevant but just a suggestion.

Liam Dawe commented on 15 May 2016 at 10:00 pm UTC

It's fan noise, I assure you

I need to either

a) Box the pc in, but that increases heat and is a bad idea
b) find inventive ways to shield the microphone
c) buy cheaper fans (going with this to start with sometime in the next few months)

It's not too much of a problem now I have a quieter case fan at the back and my new PSU's fan only gets used under heavier load. That plus using a noise gate in OBS will help a lot.

gaardon commented on 15 May 2016 at 10:12 pm UTC

You could buy a fan controller and control it manually mabye you will be able to find the sweet spot. i dunno the quiet fans has always seem to be more expensive where i live

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