Would you keep that racket down!? Listen, we love mechanical keyboards as much as the next gamer, but there’s no denying the fact that they’re loud AF, and no-one wants to hear them clacking away over discord. The days of audio-ruining taps, clanks and thumps may well be over soon, however, thanks to the impressive new RTX Voice technology from Nvidia that’s making waves online.
What is RTX Voice?
RTX Voice uses your GPU and some smart AI computing to isolate your voice from any background sounds. The aim is to remove all those annoying issues that can ruin a recording session, game night or even a work meeting. Whether it’s a noisy keyboard, your neighbours’ home renovations, or even a fan to keep you cool, RTX Voice aims to separate and only broadcast your voice. Read more about it and find out how to set it up over on the Nvidia website by clicking here.
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RTX Voice reactions
So how effectively does RTX voice work? Well the beta version of the software gained a lot of attention when former Twitch employee theGunrun posted a clip of Barnacules Nerdgasm producer Jerry using it to talk while hammering his desk and blasting a fan in his face. Seriously, just look at this tech in action.
Nvidia's RTX Voice tech looks AMAZING. I can finally use a desk mic again with my mechanical keyboard! @Barnacules's test with the fan and hammer is so impressive https://t.co/ES7ELMiMQS pic.twitter.com/PCiA0DRcpW
— theGunrun (@theGunrun) April 22, 2020
You can click here for a more expansive video on the Barnacules channel which goes into more details of how the software works and how to get it working, but the short clip above should already get the idea across.
Not content to test the software with just a bit of light hammering and a gentle fan, others quickly took to pushing the limits of RTX voice. Here’s YouTuber GreenBox testing RTX voice against a passing train.
Still not good enough? How about T1’s Tolki here who’s decided that recording is the perfect time to give his (lack of) beard a trim with an electric razor.
These stress tests are impressive and all, but how about some more realistic examples like a pesky keyboard, taps of the mic or some minor background noises? Here’s YouTuber nutty testing it out against all of them.
Do you need an RTX graphics card for RTX Voice?
According to Nvidia, RTX Voice relies on the AI capabilities of their new RTX GPU line. That’s a bummer for the – ooh, let’s see – enormous majority of us who haven’t splashed out on an expensive new GPU just for ray-tracing.
Thankfully, even while the software is still in beta, tech-savvy folks have already discovered that RTX voice can be enabled and works very well with any Nvidia card. Over on the guru3d forums, user David Lake has put together a guide for those using older Nvidia cards. It appears to work on all 10 and 16 series cards, so if you’re rocking one of those, feel free to load it up and give it a try!
RTX Voice isn’t perfect, and if you do insist on doing your vacuuming or shaving while you chat then you can expect some distortion, but for software that works with minimal fuss and is still in beta, it’s a seriously impressive showcase. Have you tried RTX voice out? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments!
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Henry Stenhouse was formerly a PhD physicist before being born anew in the fires of game journalism. An unashamed Super Smash Bros. fanatic, he’s still waiting for the rest of the editorial team to accept his daily challenges for an Ultimate showdown. Other genres of interest include FPS, RTS and western RPGs. You can follow him on Twitter at @Fernoface