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How to suppress background noise during online meetings

Before Microsoft Teams launches an AI-based noise suppression feature, here are methods you can use to curb background noise with what’s available

To rid people of ambient and background noise during online meetings or classes in this pandemic, Microsoft Teams is getting an AI-based noise suppression feature to remove unwanted background noise.

While Microsoft Teams, along with other top conferencing services like Google Meet and Zoom, already had noise cancellation features, this will prove to be an update.

With the new ‘High’ setting, users will be able to control how much noise they want to suppress. The new AI-based noise suppression feature will use specially trained deep neutral networks to analyse the user’s audio and filter out the unnecessary noise and hold on the speech signal.

Since there’s still a month to go before the new AI-based noise suppression features are available, here’s how you can reduce the noise with what is already out there

  1. Use third-party apps

To avoid unwanted noise, you can get hold of some of the third-party apps like:

NoiseGator (Noise Gate), which has a dynamic processor to control the volume of an audio signal. It is used with Voice over Internet Protocols and can be used with a help of a virtual cable that would act as a gate for either sound input or sound output.

Krisp is an app recommended for any device. To experience a noise-free sound output, the app reduces the amount of distracting noise and traffic isolates the user’s voice.

Ams Active noise Cancellation improves the quality of speech sound by significantly reducing the unnecessary noise from the environment while looking after the original sound audio.

  1. Usage of headphones/headsets or earphones

To ensure you have a noise-free conferencing call, you must opt for headphones/headsets or earphones. They help cancel active and passive noise from the background and retain the speech audio.

  1. Mute yourself

It is always advised to keep yourself on mute when you are not the speaker. This way the microphone does not catch the background noise as the transmission of audio travelling is being cut off and you can hear the speaker speak clearly.

  1. Switch off the fan

Often when the fan is in full swing, it tends to create a sound of wind circulating in the room. This noise can become a source of disturbance.

  1. Opt for a reliable conferencing network provider

A reliable conferencing network provider helps eliminate ambience noise traffic and assists in giving effective voice audio.

Sampurna Maity
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