Do you have a blue yeti microphone? If so, you may have noticed that it picks up keyboard and mouse sounds quite easily. This can be really frustrating, especially if you are trying to record a video or audio clip.
In this blog post, we will discuss 10 tips on how to stop the blue yeti from picking up keyboard and mouse sounds. We will also provide some tips on how to reduce background noise. Let's get started!
These Are 10 Tips To Stop The Blue Yeti Picking Up Keyboard And Mouse Sounds:
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- Cardioid Mode
- Reposition your Blue Yeti
- Reduce the gain on your Blue Yeti
- Try a soft-touch keyboard.
- Try a soft click mouse.
- Try using a noise gate or suppressor.
- Try using a boom arm and shock mount.
- Soundproof the walls
- Putting the microphone on a separate table or stand.
- Use an isolation panel
- 1. Cardioid Mode
- 2. Reposition Your Blue Yeti
- 3. Reduce the gain on your Blue Yeti
- 4. Try a soft-touch keyboard
- 5. Try a soft click mouse
- 6. Try using a noise gate or suppressor
- 7. Try using a boom arm and shock mount
- 8. Soundproof the walls
- 9. Putting the microphone on a separate table or stand.
- 10. Use an isolation panel
1. Cardioid Mode
Cardioid mode is a setting on the blue yeti that helps to reduce background noise. To activate this mode, use the dial at the back of the Blue Yeti.
It is a good idea to use this setting if you are recording audio or video in your bedroom and do not want background noise such as traffic sounds from outside to be picked up by your Blue Yeti.
It may not completely eliminate keyboard taps or mouse clicks but it will force the mic to focus on your voice while ignoring some background noises.
2. Reposition Your Blue Yeti
If you are having problems with your blue yeti microphone picking up keyboard and mouse sounds, try repositioning the mic. This can be done by moving it closer or further away from the source of the sound you do not want it to pick up.
You may also want to try angling the mic towards your mouth instead of pointing it directly at the computer screen.
Likewise, moving the microphone away from where you're typing on a keypad or clicking with your mouse while you are speaking or, not typing while you speak will help – as you can cut out the remaining typing sounds in between your words afterward.
3. Reduce the gain on your Blue Yeti
By reducing the gain on your Yeti, you will be able to lower the sound of the keyboard and mouse almost completely. However, you will need to ensure you are close enough to pick up your vocals clearly.
As lowering the gain then relies on the microphone sensitivity to pick up your voice. To do this, simply turn the dial at the back of the blue yeti microphone.
Be sure to plug your headphones directly into your mic so you can hear how audible you are before going live or recording.
4. Try a soft-touch keyboard
You may want to replace your keyboard entirely if nothing seems to be working. Some keyboards, particularly old keyboards are made with loud switches that clack loudly when pressed.
Switching to soft-touch keyboards or keyboards designed to be quiet, will help to reduce the noise of your keyboard, meaning you can turn up the blue yeti gain again and not worry about it picking up keyboard sounds.
Here are some highly recommended, inexpensive silent keyboards that are compatible with both Mac and PC:
5. Try a soft click mouse
Similar to keyboards, many mice also come with loud, clicking buttons.
Replacing your mouse for a soft-click version will help to reduce the noise it makes when you move it around or click on things. Plus, they tend to be more accurate and responsive than traditional mice.
Here are some of the best soft-click mice that are available on Amazon. Again, these are both quality and budget options if you don't mind replacing your current one.
6. Try using a noise gate or suppressor
A noise gate is a type of gate that allows or blocks a noise signal. It is used to control the amount of noise that passes through a circuit or system. A noise gate is typically used to reduce unwanted noise in a signal, such as a hiss or static. It can also be used to reduce the level of background noise in a recording or during live playback.
You might find that this is the only thing that completely eliminates keyboard and mouse sounds from your blue yeti recordings.
Here are some bestseller noise gates and suppressors I've found
There are also digital noise gates and suppressors you can download and use in your DAW as VSTs and Plugins, such as:
– iZotope RX.
– FabFilter Pro G.
or Waves X Noise (Waves is a popular plugin developer that makes some great stuff for blue yeti users).
You can find these plugins in your DAWs marketplace or online by searching for their names in Google.
There will be free and paid options so it may be a good idea to start there before buying a physical one.
7. Try using a boom arm and shock mount
Boom arm & shock mount work well because they lift the microphone from the desk and help to isolate it from vibrations of the keyboard or any other unwanted sounds like bangs on the desk.
The boom arm elevates the mic whilst the shock mount helps to absorb any shocks or vibrations that could be picked up from the desk, ultimately eliminating these sounds from your blue yeti recordings.
Here are a few highly recommended boom arms and shock mounts:-
8. Soundproof the walls
Soundproofing the walls of your blue yeti studio will help to reduce background noise drastically.
This doesn't have to be super expensive and there are many DIY options you can do yourself, such as egg cartons or insulation foam boards.
You could even try using blankets, carpets, or curtains! It’s whatever works for you and doesn't need to look pretty (unless you are recording video footage of your podcast or have people paying to use your studio)
In which case, some paintings and art will work well! Absorbing echos and ambient sounds while adding some feng shui to your studio.
You can try any of the above or buy some soundproof panels to put up.
9. Putting the microphone on a separate table or stand.
Maybe you just need to put your microphone on a different desk or a little side table. Most people use the Blue Yeti with the stand it came with (It is a pretty epic stand, so I get it) but if you are not going to replace your keyboard or mic or do any of the other solutions, you may need to just sit the mic somewhere else.
10. Use an isolation panel
Isolation panels are great for blue yeti users as they help to isolate the microphone from unwanted background noise and vibrations.
They are similar to, but much cheaper than soundproofing a whole area but will still do an amazing job of absorbing ambient sounds.
I've shared the ones compatible with a Blue Yeti below: