background noise help

Hey I just got Audacity to record commentaries and when I tried to do it my family was here so their was some background noise and I was wondering what noise removal settings should I use?

That’s a killer problem.

The Four Horsemen of Audio Recording (reliable, time-tested ways to kill your show)
– 1. Echoes and room reverberation (Don’t record the show in your mum’s kitchen.)
– 2. Overload and Clipping (Sound that’s recorded too loud is permanently trashed.)
– 3. Compression Damage (Never do production in MP3.)
– 4. Background Sound (Don’t leave the TV on in the next room.)

There is no good way to split two or more difference voices. Your family is now a performer in your show.

Can you send everybody home and reshoot?


I’m 15 so they can’t really leave and I do not have a computer of my own.

Being able to control your recording room is a big deal because we can’t fix many common recording problems. If you have room echoes or reverb, you’re stuck with them. If your microphone has too much hiss that can be fatal.

The only tool you can use to split apart different voices in the same show is Noise Gate. It tries to look for loud voices and squashes quiet ones. Attached.

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And even then, it doesn’t ameliorate the soft voices if they are in the background of the loud voice.