Skype desktop app gets a noise cancellation feature: See how to turn it on during calls

Skype’s famous video and voice call application has received a number of improvements and features since the lockdown phase started last year. The focus has been on creating resources that will improve the user’s voice and video experience. Now the company has added another feather to its hat by adding an AI-enabled noise cancellation feature to the Skype desktop edition.

In a recent blog post, Skype said that the technology was initially designed for Microsoft Teams. “We are pleased to announce the release of our new background noise suppression feature on the Skype desktop app. Originally created for Microsoft Teams, this latest feature is designed to silence just about everything but your voice when you meet on Skype,” he adds.

How to enable cancellation of noise on Skype

You can unlock the function by: – Go to the Settings option on the desktop version of the app.

  1. Go to the Audio and Video choice in Settings.
  2. You need to scroll down to the Noise Cancellation function in Audio and Video.
  3. Click the arrow at the end of the Noise Cancellation tab and pick ‘Big.’

You should realize that the functionality is not included on the online version or the mobile version of the app, but it is only available on the desktop app. The choice is also available on the Mac edition.

How is the tech working?

The new noise cancellation function analyzes your audio and uses deep neutral networks to eliminate noise from the background without disturbing the voice of the speaker. This system is distinct from traditional noise cancellation technology, since the former cannot discern when it comes to more subtle sounds such as keyboard typing, food wrapper crunch, or when your pet dog is screaming.

“This technology depends on machine learning (ML) to learn the difference between clean speech and noise and is also referred to as artificial intelligence (AI). A representative dataset is used to train the ML model to function in most of the situations that our Skype users encounter. There needs to be enough diversity in the data set in terms of clean voice, noise and the atmosphere from which our users join online calls,” said the post.

The organization claims it has used up to 760 hours of clean speech data and 180 hours of noise data in its training module. Most of the noise data obtained contained noises in various contexts, including snoring, running water, keyboard clicking, etc.