the noise removal

hi
i noticed that after u use this tool it shrinks the waves after u process them…why does it do that?doesnt it take away from the volume?the first slider is tha actual declicker
and if u move it to far it muffels the sound.so the best thing to do is to keep it low right?

lenny

Best to use the noise reduction in Audacity 1.3. Not the one in 1.2.

Koz

ok thanjks.

lenny

Noise Removal. This is the most troublesome task I encouter every week while editing the audio for our podcasts.

Obviously, the easiest and most efficient way to decrease noise (static, hissing, movements, and shuffling sounds) is to record your audio with as little noise as possible in the background. Regular podcast listeners often listen to me harass Neal during the show when I can hear static on his end of the audio. That’s because I don’t like taking it out later!!!

Here are my current recording settings:

Recording Device: iMac G4 built-in microphone (in monitor)
Recording Level: the low side of 0.4 (on the Audacity mic input slider)

It’s inevitable that noise will end up on your recording. Otherwise, you’d have to be sitting in a sound booth with a high-end microphone and some extremely still participants. Basically, what I’m saying is that you WILL have noise, so you better learn how to get rid of it.

How do you eliminate noise? Even though I have my ProTools running again, I still record and edit my podcast audio in Audacity. It’s less of a strain on my iMac G4 (which is a bit outdated and slow). Audacity is great because it’s a lighter program and the editing tools are simple. But it’s also maddening because the built-in effects are different for Mac and Windows. The best of these filters are, unfortunately, incompatible with the opposite operating system.

Luckily, Audacity on the Mac has the best filter for noise removal. It’s listed as Apple: AUDynamicsProcessor and it saves my life week after week.

Here are my AUDynamicsProcessor filter settings:

Compression Threshold: 20 db
Head Room: 40 db
Expansion Ratio: 1.89
Expansion Threshold: -82 db
Attack Time: 0.005 Secs
Release Time: 0.510 Secs
Master Gain: 0.0 db



The “Expansion Threshold” setting is the most important of all. For quiter audio, you want this to be in the low 80s, high 70s. For more robust audio (and great amounts of static), you’ll want to toggle this somewhere in the low 70s or 60s.

You know that you’ve just got a bad signal when you have to start messing around in the 50s to knock off the static. At that point, I would either rerecord or just cut your losses and leave in some of the noise.

These settings may not work for you, but they’ve become ingrained in my brain after a year and a half of weekly podcast editing (not to mention countless hours of editing vocals for music as well). If you’re running Audacity on a PC… I’m sorry. There simply isn’t a tool like this that comes default with the program. You’ll have to do trial and error with 3rd party plugins. The filter you want is most easily defined as a “gate,” but unfortunately, not all gates are created equal.

Once you’ve taken care of the noise, then you have to move onto volume levels (a.k.a. compression). But that’s a whole other bag, so it’ll have to wait for the next edition of Podcast Pointers


<<<That’s because I don’t like taking it out later!!!>>>

I’ve always said there would be a lot less damage if the shooter and the editor were the same person.

<<<Recording Device: iMac G4 built-in microphone (in monitor)>>>

There aren’t very many times where the built-in microphone is appropriate. One is testing to see if your sound services are working at all, and the other is the voice transmission for iChat, Skype, or other conferencing system. The microphone in our iMac cabinet is pointed straight up toward the ceiling, suitable for picking up fluorescent light buzz.


Did you ever look into another solution? How many people are speaking in any one show? One advantage of the built-in is that it’s relatively omni-directional. That’s also the problem because that only works well in a dead quiet, echo-free room.

I lucked out big time. The kid in the family before me played drums and my third bedroom is soundproofed.

You might find Chris’s Compressor useful. It will take a splashy, messy, free-form production and squeeze all the volume and loudness problems out of it. Highly recommended.

http://pdf23ds.net/software/dynamic-compressor/

What’s an address for one of your performances?


A simple podcast origination can make very good use of a simple “real” microphone like this one…

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/webcam_communications/microphones/devices/221&cl=US,EN

It’s a self-contained directional desktop microphone that doesn’t pick up room noise very much and should be much louder than the built-in. It’s USB and easy to set up. Even better, I bought mine for US$19.

Koz