How can I minimize echo in the Studio and on my recorded tracks? My Guests are already wearing headphones.

If you hear an echo during a Studio session or when you download a participant's separate High Quality Track after recording, a participant's audio setup may be causing the echo. The troubleshooting information below can help minimize this echo during a recording.

Enable Individual Echo Cancellation for a Participant Who Doesn't Hear an Echo

Each person's Echo Cancellation is usually already set up in the Lobby. Before they enter the Studio, they indicate whether they are wearing headphones. You usually won't need to change it afterward in the Studio, but if everyone other than one participant hears an echo, enable their echo cancellation in the sidebar.


Headphones plugged into a USB microphone

If you or your Guest's headphones are plugged into a USB microphone and the microphone's gain (audio sensitivity) is high, other participants' audio may get recorded through the mic and captured on the track.

To avoid this, plug the headphones directly into the computer/device rather than into the microphone.

Headphones with an in-line mic plugged into the AUX/headphone port

If you or a Guest is using a computer and has plugged headphones in, the computer may select the in-line microphone (in the headphone's cord) as the default microphone. However, this can cause an echo.

To avoid this, select the built-in microphone of your device, like the MacBook Pro Microphone (Built-in) in the image below. The first option on the list, Default – External Microphone (Built-in), is the microphone in the headphone's cord. If this isn't possible or the computer does not have a built-in microphone, reduce the microphone's sensitivity using the computer's settings.


Using an audio mixer

If you or a Guest is using an audio mixer, make sure to enable Mix-Minus to isolate the input audio signal from the output audio coming from the Studio. Read more about isolating tracks with an audio mixer.

There are several issues that can cause an echo, including crosstalk (more info) and audio spill/bleed/leakage (more info).

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