CNET logo Why You Can Trust CNET

Our expert deal-hunting staff showcases the best price drops and discounts from reputable sellers daily. If you make a purchase using our links, CNET may earn a commission.

Self-quarantining? Eliminate background noise from conference calls with Krisp for free

Krisp is an AI-powered filter that virtually eliminates background noise, letting your work-from-home experience be a little more pleasant and professional.

Dave Johnson
2 min read

As government and businesses step up measures to control the coronavirus, more and more of us are finding ourselves working from home rather than mixing it up with co-workers. But we still need to communicate, and that means conference and video calls. Yes, it's adorable when a puppy darts into view, but it's also distracting when there's so much background noise that no one can understand what's being said. One solution: Krisp is an AI-powered noise-cancellation technology that can virtually eliminate those kinds of noises. And while Krisp is a paid program, in response to the coronavirus, the developers of Krisp have introduced a free tier of service.

Ordinarily, Krisp Pro costs $3.33 per month and applies its AI-powered noise reduction filter to both incoming and outgoing audio for virtually any communication app, including Zoom, Skype, Slack, TeamSpeak and others. I tried Krisp and color me impressed -- it set up easily and dramatically improved the sound of my audio, virtually eliminating music that was blasting just a few feet away as well as a horrific din of Los Angeles street noise right outside my window. Honestly, it's remarkable what AI can do these days. 

Inspired by a handful of other tech companies that have opted to help everyone through these challenging times, Krisp has rolled out a free tier that gives you up to 120 minutes of usage each week. Just install the app, and you'll get immediate access to the free version.

And it gets better: If you're a student, teacher, government employee or hospital worker, Krisp Pro is free to use for the next six months -- that means there are no 120-minute weekly time limit restrictions. If you think you qualify for a free Krisp Pro subscription, send an email from your work or school email address to support@krisp.ai and put "COVID-19" in the subject line. After verifying that you qualify, Krisp will give you or your organization a license for the next six months.

A sincere kudos to Krisp for this. And while cleaner conference call audio won't cure the coronavirus, it can make the challenges of working remotely during this trying time a little bit easier. And that's a good thing for everyone.

Watch this: 5 apps for group video calls

CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and check out our CNET Coupons page for the latest promo codes from Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon and more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page.