Audio Technica AT2020: Help with too much background noise So i’m using my microphone for live streaming games and lets plays and youtube I may have made a mistake in buying a Audio Technica AT2020 USB a while back , it picks up WAY TOO much background noise. A tiny soft bird tweets in the background. The mike picks that up Including the other background noise i don’t want. I’m using Windows 7 and Abeltone Live For live streaming The only way I can make it work is by having the record level really low, then on Abeltone Live adding lots of heavy noise reduction , then amplify the resulting audio. It works ....But i do lose some sound quality for live streaming It is not as bad when i’m recording audio for later so I can clean that up, but it could still be improved Looking for input on how to reduce the noise ideally by dampening or muffling the microphone since i’m don’t have a proper studio. I’ve done what I can with the room itself to reduce noise. As a test I tried putting some thick cloth material around the mike. This did seem to help but I thought there would be some more professional suggestions or options to reduce the background noise and pick up my voice fine without losing audio quality.