I’m a huge fan of the Bose QC35 II Noise cancelling headphones. I use them most days, especially whilst working. The sound quality is amazing and the noise cancellation is great if in busy environments or for hearing the detail in something.

Today I discovered an issue with noise related to opening Adobe Premiere Pro. If you’ve experienced this as well, perhaps I have the solution for you.

It only seems to be an issue when Premiere Pro is the front-most application, i.e. the active window. This is because Premiere Pro is recognising the headphones as an input device as well as output (which they are).

When Premiere Pro is active the mic becomes active. Because of that the background noise is filtering through, defeating that noise cancellation you love so much. But it’s ok, there’s a simple solution to prevent this noise and continue using Premiere Pro and your Bose headphones at the same time.

Simply open Premiere Pro’s preference pane, select “Audio Hardware” from the left-hand menu, and then in the dropdown for “Default Input”, choose “Built-in Microphone”.

You could also select a number of alternative input sources depending on what else you have connected to your computer. Immediately you will notice the noise disappear as the microphone is now deactivated. I hope this helps. It took me a while to realise what was going on so hopefully this has saved you some time.

I imagine this tip will also work for other devices that are recognised as both output and input devices. Let me know if you’ve experienced this with anything else in the comments as it might just help someone else too.