Weird Feedback w/ Noise-Cancelling Headphones

• Mar 22, 2017 - 00:37

Does anyone use active noise-cancelling headphones when working with Musescore (the kind that produce an out-of-phase sound to counteract ambient noise)? I've noticed something strange with mine, and I'm curious if anyone else has, I'll try to describe it.

When I'm using either the keyboard or the mouse to highlight any component, be it in the score, menus, anywhere, I hear this soft, short, high-pitched noise. It's like a muted metallic "clink"...actually come to think of it, it's more like the clink of dishes as you're putting them in the cupboard, but very soft.

I don't notice it with my regular earbuds. The only thing I can think of is something in the headphone electronics interfering with something...but I don't know.

It's driving me nuts!


1. Does your keyboard or mouse make a medium level "CLICK" sound? While the headset's microphone is trying to reset it (while changing phase-polarity), it may be coming in at that time.
2. Have you tried closing the system sounds? Give it a try.
3. Try closing the musescore's sounds. (From the system mixer)
4. Check that the headphone's soundproofing feature can be turned off. If it can be turned off: What happens when you turn off this feature?
5. Have you looked at the manufacturer's help page or forum?
6. is a phone sitting too close to your computer?
7. is plugged in through your speakers or directly into the computer?

------8<----Fantastic ideas / It's not serious :) -----8<---
1. Do you have a Ring or Bracelet that makes a sound?
2. Could someone be standing behind you and making a sound synchronously to drive you crazy?

In reply to by Ziya Mete Demircan

Okay, never mind, I just realized I also hear it with other programs as well. Ugh, that probably means it's some kind of interference with the computer that I won't be able to get rid of.

Side note, my husband is ABSOLUTELY the type to stand behind me and make weird noises, so that's not such a fantastic idea :P

I think it'll be that noise-cancelling trying to cancel out the high-frequency component of the physical sound made by a keypress or mouse click - either directly or from a reflected echo. Or, fantastic suggestion #3 - poltergeist.

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