> List: Audacity-users@...
> From: yoshida@...
> Subject: Hiss from my laptop
> Reason: Post by non-member to a members-only list
> I have an Asus Vivobook running Win 8. When I start Audacity and
> begin recording (voice recordings) I have a hiss. This hiss is from
> the laptop itself. I have removed all input devices, turned off sound and
> tuned off the Wi-Fi and still have the hiss. Am I missing a setting
> in Win 8? Using the noise filter and the equalizer to remove the hiss
> affects the quality of the sound. Any ideas?
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Laptops are not professional recording studios. They have shared
interrupts and the motherboard sound card is very close to the
noisy insides of the machine.
Assuming you are using an external mic with a cable you can try
moving the mic further away from the computer and moving its cable
away from the mains. Or spend more money on the mic. See these
Also you usually need to turn off sound card recording features
on Windows Vista and later:
But for best results, do yourself a favour and buy a USB interface
and connect the mic to that. Then the conversion from analogue to
digital is done outside the computer. This usually makes for less noisy