More often then not there’s no place on a recording that’s just hiss from which to get a noise profile. What I’ve been doing is generating a second of white noise at the end and getting my profile from that, then deleting the white noise. It works very well but it’s time consuming and tedious.
Let’s say I’m working on an album of FLAC files ripped from a CD, having 30 tracks, all with hiss. I import each track one at a time, edit, then export. I do it this way because it’s easier than editing the metadata for every track which I’d have to do if I imported them all into one window. But there doesn’t seem to be a way to save the noise profile from track to track, and a new one has to be generated every time. Any of you have any tricks that would make my life easier. Bottom line is I just want to remove the hiss in the easiest way possible.
I tend to use slightly softer settings for the NR controls - and I wrote this additional pieces for the as-tet-unpublished Manual for the next Audacity release:
For heavier noise, the default settings above are recommended, increasing the “Sensitivity” slider if necessary.
For light noise (for example FM hiss or web-stream carrier noise) the default settings in Noise Removal may be a little too aggressive, possibly introducing tinkly artifacts.
Noise Reduction (dB): Try setting this to about -12. It will still have an appreciable effect on low level noise, but will reduce the risk of tinkly artifacts.
Frequency Smoothing (Hz): Try increasing this a little, typically to around 500 Hz.
Sensitivity control (dB): Reducing this can further help to make the effect less aggressive, but may require a lot of experimentation for only slightly better results. For a quick result, this slider is usually best left at the default 0.0 dB.
And thanks to Steve for suggesting these settings.
Hi Gale, you’re right, it does retain the profile. I thought I’d tested that at one point and found it didn’t for some reason. Well, that’ll help a lot!
I don’t believe it’s necessary to have a feature to save and load profiles, at least for me at this point. It might be helpful if someone uses several different profiles and switches between them frequently. Out of curiosity, you’ve asked me several times if I want to vote for something. Is there a way I can do this myself?
The “Feature Requests” list is at Missing features - Audacity Support but you would need to apply for a Wiki account to directly edit that page. The formatting is fragile - one mistake and all the nicely formatted lists unravel