But, alas, I'm in one of the States where the weather is hot hot hot. I need to run an air conditioner in my computer room just to survive. I'm using the AudioTech2020USB+ and it picks up that air conditioner and just adds this annoying drone noise in the videos. I wish I could run Camtasia with no one talking and let it pick up this air conditioner noise and then I could tell Camtasia, Please, Camtasia, remove this background noise from my audio file..... wouldn't that be neat! pg
As SueG pointed out, Camtasia does have some noise removal tools, so it might be worth giving those a try to see if it gets you where you need to go. Another trick that I use sometimes, if your voice is recorded at a high enough level, you can have a light, appropriate background music track play throughout the length of the video. As long as the noise isn't too loud, the music generally helps cover any of that up, while at the same time helping to add some additional pizazz to the video for the viewers.
Thanks for sharing your video and feedback, cheers!
for noise reduction, I use free Audacity; it does an excellent job
How To Apply Noise Reduction Using Audacity
I run a window air conditioner about 12 feet to my left. The mic eliminates about 90% of the air conditioning noise. I really can't here it in the recording.I can see it in Adobe Audition in the wave form where I process my audio.
Oh sure, I can hear it if I crank up the volume in a quite area with just the air running in the background. It isn't a Magic microphone. But you could run the audio as is. And the audio would sound quite good.
I uploaded a .wav file of that recording so you can download it and have a listen. I recorded it with Camtasia's recorder.
Placed the file on the timeline in Camtasia 2018 and exported the audio as a .wav file.
It's untouched RAW audio.
I couldn't upload to Screencast or Vimeo or anywhere else. They won't accept .wav files and they re-encode video. What you need is to hear the audio as it truly sounds.
I've been impressed by this mic ever since I got it. I think you will be to.
I'm not crazy about headsets, but to me. It's much better then fighting with desktop mics that are so sensitive they can pick up a fly landing on the monitor and a light summer breeze.
So, audio that doesn't require noise reduction is preferred.
However, Unless your in a sound studio or a sound controlled
environment.You will probably need some noise reduction.
Less is more in the case of audio. The cleaner the original track is the better.If you need to record with the AC running. A noise reducing directional mic is superior to most mics.
I Recorded with my AC running and a duel condenser stereo mic. Just so you could hear how loud my AC unit is first hand. This is an unedited .wav file. http://www.mediafire.com/file/xruya8pv9pra7rj/Air%20Condition%20Noise.wav
Download both files and compare the audio quality from the unedited noise reduction mic.
If the difference doesn't impress you, I would be surprised.
More info on the mic is posted above.
However: You can try a sound shield/block. This is a physical barrier that basically encloses you and your mic in a smaller, confined space, blocking out most other ambient sound. They sell these everywhere (Amazon has a curving one that is popular).
It is the LyxPro VRI-20 Portable Acoustic Foam Isolation Microphone Shield, Sound Absorbing, Vocal Recording Panel, High Performance - Stand Mount.
Now, bear in mind that this item just wraps around the mic. I like it because it's relatively small. Also, if you use a desk mic I recommend sticking that old, now-unused, thick foam mouse pad under the mic stand. (Although it is not a true sound blocker, the foam will cushion many vibrations.)
Acoustic panels are useful to deaden some noise -- you set them up behind you. (Or you can hang up a thick drape behind you.) Note that deadening sound does not block it -- if you REALLY want to block sound, you need to talk to a pro (years ago, I bought panels from Acoustics First in Virginia -- they give good advice and won't steer you wrong).
The fastest and cheapest alternative is to block off the air conditioning during recording. We do it all the time on video shoots.
And anyone else who's paying attention.........
So, the 1st 2 and half minutes of this video is 100 percent raw unedited audio from an Andrea noise canceling microphone. A 8,000 BTU window air conditioner was running and the fan was on high. I recorded the audio through Camtasia and I didn’t alter it one bit.
The last 30 seconds is recorded with a handheld condenser mic to demonstrate how loud the air conditioner is. In all fairness, the air conditioner is actually louder than the microphone picked up. It’s pretty obnoxious when it comes right down to it.
I uploaded a couple of audio files so people could hear the difference and nobody downloaded them. So I figured if I created a video maybe people would take the time to listen.
There is no more economical approach than this one. But you be the judge, just listen to the video.