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Welcome to a new era of noise suppression technology. Of course, we are referring to NVIDIA’s RTX Voice, a currently BETA, AI-Driven noise removal technique that will…quite honestly upend just about every single audio-related field out there. Not even joking guys.
Noise is a serious issue in our day to day lives. In fact, it is something that anybody who works in sound design with DAW’s is forced to spend hours tuning out, drastically increasing the cost of production. Heck, even we’ve had to deal with it directly when making our free Sound effects for streamers. Well, we say, NO MORE!
Here, Take a listen. Just a warning, you may want to put a pillow at your feet to catch your jaw.
We want to reiterate that this is the BETA release of the technology. It will only get better from here on as the AI is provided more and more samples to reference. That’s the beauty of AI-Driven technology. Give it more samples, and it becomes more proficient.
By the way… You don’t actually need an RTX card for it to work, at least at the time of this article’s post date. Using an unofficial edit to the software Driver installer, you can disable the check for RTX cards. The best part? You are able to perform the edit yourself, no need for shady third-party installers. We’ve linked to a video below that shows you how to do this.
Finally, for the loud, clicky mechanical keyboard lovers, particularly MX Blue lovers, respite is here from the decades of complaints from your friends on services like Discord. They won’t hear a thing! Roomies and Family members still apply, sadly.
A list of fields that will directly benefit from utilizing RTX Voice
We are going to quickly point out a few fields that we feel would directly benefit from this AI-Driven noise suppression technology:
- Audio Engineers
- and literally, every single business that uses conference calls over the internet.
And that is just what we can think off the top of our heads. The only requirement is a card with Tensor/CUDA cores. Yeah, we Said CUDA.
How to use NVIDIA’s RTX Voice on your GTX series cards
Disclaimer: The support for GTX cards is not officially handled by NVIDIA at this time. Use this at your own risk. We are not responsible for any damages that may result in the use of this workaround.
Despite its obvious support for RTX, fun fact, It also works for GTX cards. Though, you can only do this with a minor modification to the driver file. So… do this at your own risk. There may be unforeseen issues as a result of using this in this definitely unsupported way. It may even be patched out in the future, so be aware that this is not a surefire thing. Especially if you are reading this article much later into the future.
If you’ve tested this on a GTX variant card, and it has worked, let us know in our Discord or in the comment section below. We’ll add it to the list here with a credit to you with your permission. We also want to figure out the system performance impact of using this, so feel free to contact us with your findings!
VST Noise Suppression for AMD’s GPUs & older NVIDIA cards
If you are a Team Red player or have an older NVIDIA card that doesn’t support RTX Voice, don’t worry. You may not have the best noise suppression technology in town, however, REAFIR is no pushover. This technology was, and still is an excellent option that will get you 80% of the way there. You just need to keep maintaining a quiet timeslot in your streaming schedule.
Though, if you’re looking to upgrade your GPU soon, It’s becoming harder and harder to recommend AMD these days, so consider donning the Team Green colors. That isn’t to say their 5700XT isn’t a great card for a gaming PC. It’s just, I don’t know, lackluster at this point, which is unfortunate, as it really is a good card.
Keep on Rocking your Ryzen CPU’s though, those little chips are incredible!
Things you don’t really need to consider for streaming anymore with RTX Voice
With this technology, there are a few niche products that open up to you. These products have been historically blacklisted from streamers, as they tend to annoy the crap out of your audience. Some examples include:
- Loud, clicky mechanical keyboards like the Corsair K70 with Cherry MX- Blues
- Loud PC noise:
- Noisy HDD’s
- Loud fans like the Delta Server fans
No longer will the click-clack lovers of obnoxious mechanical key switches have to bend to the whims of their audience & friends. If you have the ability to use RTX Voice, embrace the clack! Your audience on stream and friends on discord will never even know it was there.
The same could be said with delta lovers who like the sound of a jet engine whirring as their “machine” starts up. We’re not one of those people. But my father once had a machine that roared in at 55 dB with the voltage limited a bit. Called it his “Little Turbo.” I don’t miss that headache… Again, if that’s your thing, go for it!
You can buy a Condenser microphone without worry
If you have one of these supported cards, then you can effectively buy any microphone you please. Even the…
Still, we really don’t recommend using that mic. But this is something many will disagree with us on, so take that with a grain of salt.
If we had to pick a mic to recommend in this category, It’d have to be the Audio Technica 2035. We’ll provide a more in-depth analysis of this in our microphone article in the future as we learn more about how this technology affects the audio world.
There are limits to it’s noise suppression capability, physics still applies
Yes, it does all these amazing things. And yes, it will only get better. However, it is not a physics buster. It does reduce the quality of the sound in noisier environments. Ideally, you still want a quiet environment for the best audio results.
What this technology does enable is more leniency for those on tighter budgets. A basic level of room acoustics treatment is no longer required for using condenser microphones during a Twitch Stream. However, we’re not sure exactly how it will affect reverb or echo, as not enough data is available regarding the specific nuances of what it is and isn’t capable of.
What we do know, is that it destroys noise. And that is a huge step in the right direction. If you have a card capable of using NVIDIA’s RTX Voice, What are you waiting for?