Audacity Tutorial: How To Improve Microphone Recording Audio Quality For YouTube, Twitch, & Voice

Do you want to improve your microphone audio recording quality for voice overs, commentary, or streaming? This how to improves all recorded audio for film, YouTube, Twitch recordings, OBS screen captures, or voice overs. A good mic isn’t enough, you have to use post processing on your voice recordings to get the best quality. Audacity is a great, free program that not only records high quality microphone audio, but it can also edit and post process your audio and make your voice sound much better.

This beginner tutorial shows how to record in Audacity and what effects you should apply to every recording to significantly improve microphone audio / sound quality and remove unwanted noise. I focus on noise removal, compression, equalize, and normalize effects. Audacity is a great software tool for anyone on YouTube or Twitch especially long form content like gaming or podcasts. You can also use audacity for non-voice files or any recordings to improve them and clean them up.
With OBS, sound quality is best if you record audio with audacity. Alternatively, you can rip your OBS recordings and edit the audio in Audacity in post afterwards. I use Audacity to record and improve the audio for all my Youtube videos. It makes a big difference and really improves my audio quality.

Recording Equipment I Use (Amazon Affiliate):
▶ AT2020USB Mic:
▶ AT2020USB Plus Mic (new version):
▶ Rode PSA1 Boom:
▶ Audio Technica AT8458 Mount:
▶ Whispertek Windscreen:
▶ Right or Left Angle USB 2.0 Cable (

Best Budget Mics:
▶ Blue Snowball iCE USB:
▶ Blue Snowball USB:

Complete microphone setup video:

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  • Sky 4 years ago

    If I setup my mic in Audacity would if it work If I talk to my friends on Discord, Skype, or Steam?

  • Code Committed 4 years ago

    Thanks, I've just started screencasting and this might help tweak my audio. (I'm also going mad listening to myself!)

  • flughund FPV 4 years ago

    Thx, that was very easy and helpful!

  • YD Student 4 years ago

    Amazing !

  • Two Dudes 4 years ago

    These two dudes thank you for this video. It was truly helpful

  • Keido Kindness 4 years ago

    thank you so much this video helped out so much with my music videos

  • venomous 4 years ago

    But what if I recorded a video with audio, can i still just import the sound only from that video into audacity somehow and edit it?

  • Shunderz 4 years ago

    I don't understand. When you normalized, you said that it pushes down the peaks, but it just pushed it up. And then when you compressed, you said it pushes down the high peaks, but again it just got higher.

  • SenTineL Gaming 4 years ago

    Thank you very much for the amazing explanations and tutorials. I've just start my gaming channel and I really need to improve my audio quallity.

  • Jeffery Wright 4 years ago

    Thanks for the video! My understanding is that this could be used for streaming as well. So instead of recording audio, how would I add effects on the fly? That way I'm not required to record audio then add effects to it, if that makes sense.

  • Ethan Johnston 4 years ago

    What keyboard do you use?

  • LonelyBookaneer 4 years ago

    Amazing video man! Thank you so much I think my video will definitely sound better thanks to you 😉

  • DemoKaze 4 years ago

    nice video man, very informative, but 1 quick question:. dose this software work while recording and will pull my audio from the video I recorded to edit it; then paste back in with a video Editor or do I have to do a voice over my videos after recording the video?

  • daemonhunter79 4 years ago

    i dont see how this helps with twitch. i know im just not seeing but i dont.

  • JinSmylez 4 years ago

    I didn't know Audacity gave me so much control, thanks for the info!

  • AutOdometer 4 years ago

    Hoping to use audacity to record my youtube vids without having to buy a separate mic. Wondering if it will clear the boxy sound.

  • Lemuel C. Dees 4 years ago

    Very helpful Audacity tutorial. Thanks!

  • Lefte Devil 4 years ago

    hey i have an at 20-20 and its fine except one thing. Everytime I go on to a game to record my videos my volume always boosts back to 100 and sometimes i forget to turn it back down a bit. Its annoying because it ruins most of my videos. anyways another sub and like 😀

  • My Cinematics 4 years ago

    I do it in the order where equalise is last… Glad I am not the only one who thinks this is a better procedure.

  • Emil Klingberg 4 years ago

    How did you solve the AT2020USB problem?

  • Robin Storå 4 years ago

    Nice video! Now i know what to do and you earned a like on the video!

  • Cool win 4 years ago

    Thank you for this tutorial it really helped me out.


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