Have you bought what you thought was a high end microphone but you’re still getting poor quality results? I had the exact same thing happen when I first started streaming.

I kept thinking I had to buy more and more expensive mics if I wanted to get the microphone quality I desired. That is until I learned about 3 little tricks that completely changed how my audio sounded… For the better.

In this article you will learn how to improve your audio without purchasing anymore expensive equipment. Let’s get into it.

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Best Microphone Filters For Streamlabs & OBS

I always thought that if I bought a good mic it would do all the work for me and just work great right out of the box but it turns out there’s a few settings you want to adjust in your streaming software.

Inside OBS and Streamlabs there is options to add filters to your microphones. These filters allow us to cut out background noise and make our voice sound a little bitter.

To add these filters click the settings cog in the audio mixer for your microphone and then select Filters.

We want to add three different filters to your microphone.

1. Noise Gate

A noise gate allows us to cut out some of the background noise you may be experiencing. It will not let any signal pass until the volume is above a specified level. How high or low you set these thresholds determines how much gets passed.

I would recommend setting up your noise gate with the exact same settings I have below. Then you can run some tests to figure out if you need to make any adjustments. This is great for removing stuff like the hum from your computer or typing noise from your keyboard.

2. Noise Suppression

Noise suppression helps to remove background noise. I would recommend setting this at -40db to start and running some tests. If it starts to cut off your voice you will want to decrease the suppression level.

3. Compressor

A compressor helps to level out the volumes on your stream. It tends to make loud sounds a little quieter. So if you get excited on stream and start to shout and scream you won’t deafen the ears of your streamers. I would recommend starting with these exact settings for your stream.

Adding Audio Filters In Streamlabs OBS

If you’re using Streamlabs OBS for your stream the process is very similar to add these audio filters to your microphone.

Go to the Mixer section in Streamlabs and select the settings Cog on your microphone and go to Filters.

In here you have the ability to add all of the filters I mentioned above.

Stream Audio

Your stream audio will now sound much better by using these filters. I would go one by one adding each filter testing the audio as you go and adjusting each filter as need be. Ever setup and microphone will require slightly different settings.

For the settings above on my stream I am using the Blue Yeti Microphone and have been having great results. Before these filters I couldn’t get my mic to sound good at all.

Other Ways To Improve Your Stream Audio

Even with these filters you may still not have the best possible audio. There’s a couple more things you can do in your streaming room to improve your audio.

Here is a few things you can do to improve audio:

  • Add a carpet to your stream room if it has a wooden floor
  • Add more objects like sofas, bean bags or book cases to your room
  • Add Soundproofing panels to your walls
  • Add a pop filter to your microphone

If you’re having problems with echo on your stream I would recommend checking out How To Remove Echo From Your Stream Room. This article go’s through how to improve the audio quality in your room.

What Microphone Should You Use On Your Stream?

Here’s a few Microphones I would recommend checking out if your haven’t upgraded to a stand alone mic yet.

NamePrice PointAmazon Link
Elgato Wave 3MediumCheck Price On Amazon
Blue YetiMediumCheck Price On Amazon
Shure SM7BHighCheck Price On Amazon

All of these Mics are great choices for your stream and will provide a great quality audio experience for your viewers.

Wrapping Up

Hopefully after setting up these filters in your streaming software you have now got a much better audio experience on your stream. It doesn’t always take an expensive microphone to get a great quality experience!

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James is a marketer by day and gamer by night. He loves sharing his Marketing background in the world of streaming. When he's not working on campaigns he's likely to be spotted in Verdansk.

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