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What application can be used to filter noise from a recording?



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What application can be used to filter noise from a recording?

I started working with recording recently but I keep having lots of noise cropping into my work, so I'm looking software or applications that I can use to filter out the noise and have a clean audio that is very audible. 

I need immediate assistance with this. 

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TheArticulate

As someone who does audio and video production for a living, here are my two tips:

1. This might not be relevant to your situation now (if your audio is already recorded) but to anyone who is planning on recording audio in the future: always check your audio feed before you start recording. Record in a room that specifically designed for audio production, and if you can't do that, use pillows, cushions, or even clothing to dampen that reverb of the room your in. It's way, way easier to just record your audio right than to edit out the sounds afterwards.

2. If you have some white noise or some low background noise in your audio, you can use programs like Adobe Audition (not free) or Audacity (free software) to run noise cancellation on your audio. You can select the portion of audio that contains the noise you want to remove and run across your whole file. NOTE: there's only so much these programs can do. If you're removing a very slight noise from your file, you'll be okay, but if the noise you're removing is loud, you're going to end up with awful, tinny audio after you run the program.



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Martinsx1

Thanks so very much for this tips, they are definitely going to be very helpful in getting better on the new job that I have taken up recently.

I'm very sure that as I grow on the job, I'm definitely going to get better at it because I'm not folding my arms as I work hard on improving on daily basis.



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DenisP

What sort of noise are we talking about? Are we talking about electronic static/noise or background noise like traffic or construction?

If you want to remove electronic static—the faint hissing or humming sound you might hear particularly during moments of silence—then I’d recommend looking into the free audio editing tool called Audacity. There is even a tutorial here which teaches you how to filter out noise: https://www.podfeet.com/blog/recording/how-to-remove-noise-with audacity/.

However, beware the fact that the general audio quality is going to suffer from that filtering. I had issues with electronic static as well, and was not satisfied with the noise reduction of even expensive, professional tools. The best solution for me was getting a dedicated audio recorder.



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Martinsx1

Thanks for this information. I'm definitely going to take time to read in instructions on how to use the tool Audacity and see how good it works for me in noise filter.

If it doesn't affect the record quality too much, I think that I can manage it because the noise made a mess of the whole recording.



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TheArticulate

How long is the audio file? It's hard for me to tell you exactly how your audio will sound after you run noise cancellation on it. If you want, you can email your audio file to me and I'll see what I can do for it. Just let me know.



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edencaga

I am also using audacity when editing some audios. I have tried to lessen unnecessary noise in a music, I was able to do it but not perfect. It still has a background noise. I find it difficult to remove completely those noise from the background.



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Youngshark

This advice is nice. Tried the app with some clips that I had recorded some time back and its work is just magic.



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Martinsx1

I think that there is an extent to which you would try to filter the static noise in the recording and it would ruin the main recording.

It's all about knowing how much and the line you shouldn't cross when it comes to the noise filtration.



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Youngshark

Pooh okay. I think then that it is necessary to seek the help of a professional to not ruin the image. It is not better to damage when trying to make it better.



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gutzman

You could try Audacity. It's a software for Windows, mac OS/OS X and Unix-like operating systems. It's kind of lengthy to explain how to operate it but you can search online for clear instructions. A manual is also included so it's up to you if you want to try it out yourself or look for a tutorial video. I hope it would work for you. Happy editing.



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Martinsx1

The first writer already suggested or made recommendations for me to use Audacity.

I'm thrilled getting to see you with making the same recommendation which means it might get the job done for me.



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gutzman

I thought I was the first one. It seems that he posted while I was typing. Anyway, yes, you should try it. It's recommendable.



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theresajane

I actually have heard audacity before, but I haven't tried it yet. I don't even know if it's effective. Is it user-friendly? Does it not give you a hard time?



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gutzman

I think it depends if you are used to using these kinds of app but for me it's user friendly. Either way, you can always practice and learn new things you haven't tried before so just see for yourself.



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ajahcuizon

Well, you could a video player or audio mixer. As far as I could remember, there is a function where you can remove all the background noise. One thing that you could do is to silent the whole audio and just play it when the vocal part starts.



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Wenkx03

This will do. I think this is what I also do in my recordings. I also do that when im playing guitar and want to hear only the instrumental.



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ajahcuizon

It's kinda hard when it comes to vocal parts. I saw my friend cleaning a video because of it's background noise and it took an hour or so to finish it.



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Martinsx1

Thanks for your suggestions on using either video player or an audio mixer but I would like you to be very more specific on the video player or an audio mixer to be used for the task because the video player which I have isn't supporting noise filter in recording.



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knnon

You can try out Audacity. I've used it before and it might help you get the job done. It's free to download. I've also used it to record my own cover songs. I hope this helps! (Just click and it'll send you straight to the download page!) Enjoy!



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Martinsx1

I have taken to using Audacity to carry out the noise filter task. Although, I'm still learning how to use it very well for the job because this is actually my first time of using the software.

I'm going to watch more YouTube videos on how to use the Audacity software in successfully cropping out noise in recording.



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Bravosi

Hey there!
Well many people recommend Audacity, for the quality and efficient work. Personally, I'd say you can try something else, very basic. I believe even regular video editing softwares have the necessary tools to remove unwanted noise. For example, Sony Vegas (I personally use it).



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Martinsx1

Well, that's a new one which I have just been introduced to and it's my very first time of hearing about Sony Vegas.

Please don't mind my being very curious about knowing more about how Sony Vegas works? How long have you used this Sony Vegas?



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Alymae

I am not into recording but I might do this in the future. It is nice to read this very informative posts/ articles that are really helpful. When the time comes that I will be doing recording, I will use these apps. Thanks a lot!



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Martinsx1

We get to learn new things on daily basis and it's how I came into recording works. I'm still a little new on the job but I'm getting a hang of it as the day goes by which is why I'm making efforts to improve my skills on the job.



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Alymae

I have gotten curious about recording because of this thread. I have made my research on this topic. I have read a lot about apps to use for recording and which suits best to beginners. I might venture into this sooner than expected. The software you mentioned here is good from what I've read in the reviews.



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anyone01

You can try audacity that is excellent free open source software. You may effortlessly get rid of those noise using audacity and it has many effective plugins. You can download and install audacity at no cost. One in all great thing is it is available for all platforms.



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Martinsx1

Well, for the fact that Audacity is a free software, there is a big possibility of most people having experience with it.

So, at the moment, it's practically what I would start with and see how it goes with getting the noise in the audio file down.



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overcast

I have camtasia recorder that has the option to reduce the noise. And then there is sony vegas and sonic foundry filter system. That seems to be working out for most of the recording part. I don't know if there are any free ones. Most of the apps I have used are the paid ones. So definitely something to consider in case of the recording.



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theresajane

Oh, I haven't heard of this app before. But, I am curious now and would like to try it later. Does it automatically reduce the noise like when you do a video call?



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overcast

It's for recording application. Not for call. I think for call reducing noise. You may have to check out some of the other apps. Because in case of camtasia, it shows the clarity of video for desktop only not webcam.



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Franzel2oo

There are a number of editing programs that can be used to treat sound problems. I often use adobe audition to work out the kinks in my audio files. It could be static sound, background noise or a very loud peach. Adobe audition has tools to tweak such audio issues. You might want to check it out. The better way however, is to record the best possible sound. You can't always rely on softwares like these to fix your audio issues for you.



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theresajane

I honestly don't know any application that could reduce the noise while recording. It is because I only use noise-cancelling headset. You can also use a condenser, but I haven't tried it yet, actually. I only stick with noise-cancelling headsets.



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vhinz

I think it is best if you can record using a high quality microphone with condenser and in a quite room. Audio editing software like Audacity can help reduce the noise of your recorded audio but if it is too much noise, it would be impossible to totally remove.



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Youngshark

True, this is something that I have also experienced. When the noise is excessive, it tends to be difficult to eradicate completely.



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overcast

I agree. There are some Blue Yeti products that can be used in such case for recording. I have made use of those apps for the sound quality. You can see that recording requires better setup. One has to buy such setup and then check if that works for sound.



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rlpzbeermoney

It would be very hard to fix a bad audio file using software. Most of the audio tools like an option to reduce noise but never actually get rid of it. I suggest investing in a quality mic with filter.



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theresajane

I agree with you. We must not always rely with softwares as we cannot always easily deal with bad audio. It will need different adjustments like when you're video editing.



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rlpzbeermoney

I've watched a Youtube video where they are just using their smartphones to record audio. They'd attach a cotton ball like material to the speaker of the phone and it works surprisingly well. May be a good alternative.



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davedaot04

I would recommend Audacity because it is free and it is pretty easy to use, if you want to learn more about it just search it in the YouTube and find some tutorials on there, It is so easy to learn nowadays because of the internet. What an interesting era to be alive in.



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JBeleren

This thread is really helpful as I am also in need of a software for this issue. I clicked on this thread not to give an answer but to find answers and answers are aplenty here! I will try all these different software that has been recommended by you guys and see what would be the best one for my needs. Thank you again.



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