Locate voice in noisey recording

I have captured gopro video + audio for a microlight flight.
The pilot radio comms is short segments over the 3 hour flight.
I need to find the voice segments, just know where they are.
I am happy to leave the ambient noise in the audio track so the impact of the filters is of no concern.
I have tried using the high pass filter which has a noticeable affect but does not really help much.

Any advice pls.
I have attached the project if that will help.
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GOPR0698.aup (1.92 KB)

FYI - AUP project files don’t contain any actual audio. (The audio is contained in associated files).

You can attach a short MP3 or WAV sample, but you won’t be able to attach the whole 3-hour file directly here.

Thanks Doug.
GOPR0698.aup (1.76 KB)

I got lucky. That’s two filters. Effect > Filter Curve > Manage > Factory Presets > Telephone Filter. I increased the steepness of the left and right sides to get rid of more trash.

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Then I drag-selected some of the better behaved trash and used that for Effect > Noise Reduction > Profile. Then select the whole thing and Effect > Noise Reduction 12, 6, 6.

I can do even better by intentionally overloading the sound channel and bringing it back down with Hard Limiter. This is roughly what actual radios do. Nobody is after Academy Awards here. Then you can simulate carrier squelch with Noise Gate, etc. etc. etc. You can spend all day with this.


All the effects.


Thank you Koz. :smiley:

Your mp3 is brilliant.

I have done the curve and the noise reduction.

What am I missing?

Effect > Amplify > OK

Effect > Noise Gate like this.

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Effect > Amplify > Amplification 3 > [X]Allow Clipping > OK.

Effect > Limiter: Hard Limit, 0, 0, 0, 10, No make up gain > OK.

If I was going to mess with it all afternoon, I would tighten up the Noise Gate Attack/Decay. 1/4 second is too sloppy for “real” radios.


Who is Echo Charlie Zulu and why are we doing this?


My call sign. :smiley:


I want to improve my videos by replacing the “noise” between radio calls with some nice music.

I do not seem to have Noise Gate as an option under Effect menu?

Downloaded 2.4.2 and found noise gate filter.

Thank you very much Koz.
Fantastic result.

So my next step is to make a python script to do this process for me.

I noticed that the noise reduction step was quite sensitive to the sample supplied.
Some selections left only the voice while others left lots of noise pulses.

I am guessing that to automate this with python I will need to program in the “noise profile” step… any hints?

any hints?

Just that automating the current noise reduction is almost impossible. As I understand it, Nyquist can’t do branching. There is no IF [this] THEN [that]. Everything is a straight line which works fine if all your tools are one-pass and go home. Noise Reduction isn’t like that.

There’s a couple of changes offered for a future release.


Thanks Koz, good to know up front.

Koz… any advice on removing a little of the noise from the audio without spoiling the radio call?

That was the part of the rescue with the highest customization. Most of the background noise was a disaster of rapidly changing noises and volumes, but there was one section just before the voice that was relatively calm. That’s what I used for Noise Reduction Profile.

There is no way to automate that, either, but you can help a little. There’s no way to save a Noise Profile, but you can Export Selected that one little section as its own WAV sound file and use it for the Noise Profile without having to search for it again and again.


Thank you Koz. :slight_smile:

I have looked around for a command line tool to do this process for me.
SoX seems to be a possible solution however it does not have the Audacity feature set.

The 1st step that Koz has given me is to apply a EQ curve as follows:
Effect > Filter Curve > Manage > Factory Presets > Telephone Filter

Reading the SoX documentation I see the following:

equalizer frequency[k] width[q|o|h|k] gain
Apply a two-pole peaking equalisation (EQ) filter. With this filter, the signal-level at and around a selected frequency can be increased or decreased, whilst (unlike band-pass and band-reject filters) that at all other frequencies is unchanged. frequency gives the filter’s central frequency in Hz, width, the band-width, and gain the required gain or attenuation in dB. Beware of Clipping when using a positive gain. In order to produce complex equalisation curves, this effect can be given several times, each with a different central frequency.

The last phrase

In order to produce complex equalisation curves, this effect can be given several times, each with a different central frequency.

I assume I should create a series of these equalizer filters for both the left and right sides of the curve.
Any hints on the number of filters? Is this the best approach?

The 1st step that Koz has given me is to apply a EQ curve as follows:
Effect > Filter Curve > Manage > Factory Presets > Telephone Filter

And the second step Koz gave you was to customize that step by making the sides of the curve even steeper to peel off even more of the trash.

I didn’t use the standard curve. Compare the curve I posted with the curve you get with the standard telephone filter.