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SoundSoap Noise reduction program
on: February 03, 2019, 22:01:48
« Last Edit: February 03, 2019, 22:03:55 by Vince »
I'm always at least trying to get better recordings. What I do now is use Studio One  for recording, which I got free with the thing I use between everything else and my computer.  For cleaning up my unwanted background noise I use Audacity.  The thing with Audacity is that I think I loose some audio quality.

Audacity is free, but I'm not opposed to buying software if it's any good. I've downloaded a free trial of SoundSoap which doesn't let you save anything so I can't really post a before or after.

I don't really have a good ear for this kind of thing  so I can't really tell if it's leaving the recording any better than Audacity.

 I was wondering if anyone has any experience with the software. It is easy to use and all it is for is removing unwanted noise, buzz, hums, etc. 


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Re: SoundSoap Noise reduction program
Reply #1 on: February 03, 2019, 22:41:53
« Last Edit: February 03, 2019, 22:43:46 by MrBouzouki »
My question to you @Vince is if the background is being generated in your recording using Studio One, have you looked at all the ways noise , hum etc . is being added into the initial recording process  ?

If you get it right you should have no real noise to get rid of besides perhaps unwanted breaths or the odd string rattle or mic stand knock.

A detailed explanation of how you record with maybe an audio example of your post recording issues might help you in getting it better. 
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Re: SoundSoap Noise reduction program
Reply #2 on: February 04, 2019, 00:19:13
I don't have a studio, I'm not a serious musician @MrBouzouki   ;D.  But I do enjoy writing a song, and since recording stuff has gotten so inexpensive and there are free places to post stuff like Sound Cloud I kind of enjoy myself doing it.

 If I wrote anything exceptional I would hire a band and demo singer and producer. Heck, I found a site online where I can hire a ghost writer to write the thing - a demo singer and band to record the thing - someone to master the thing. All I have to do is write a check and put my name on the song.

 I set my stuff up and take it down and put it away when I'm done.  It's just pretty much ambient  noise, if the amp buzz, which I don't hear while I record, is too much I just do it over. 

What I do now is let a minute or less just record while doing nothing and then go into the song.  After the mix down  I import the song into Audacity . It has a noise reduction effect - what you do is highlight a small part of the ambient "noise" for a sample and then hit remove noise which takes out the "noise" for lack of a better word.

I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with using SoundSoap or anything similar.

Thank you so much!!!


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Re: SoundSoap Noise reduction program
Reply #3 on: February 04, 2019, 16:16:12
OK I get you @Vince although like all of us you are serious musician and a funny musician and a rubbish musician and a brilliant musician.
In fact all of these  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

I don't know for sure, but given Audacity is a well supported Open Source program it should be a good tool to do what you ask of it. The amount of effort that goes into these programs, say compared to commercial offerings, can be quite extreme as the coding is done for love not profit.

The biggest issue with many tools is knowing how to use them for best effect so maybe you are being too quick to judge. Give us some examples of sections where you think it's having an adverse effect and we can lend our ears.






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Re: SoundSoap Noise reduction program
Reply #4 on: February 04, 2019, 21:58:14
Up until five or six years ago I was using a very expensive plugin from Waves to do careful noise reduction. Even as careful as I was with it, it always resulted in a very slight loss of fidelity. I finally abandoned it.

I find that if you don't push your gear past its sweet spot you won't get noise form the recording chain. These days you don't have to crank your preamp to get a good signal.

I also make a lot of effort to minimize noise from my recording environment. heck, I even unplug the beer fridge when I track.  :)
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Re: SoundSoap Noise reduction program
Reply #5 on: February 05, 2019, 18:21:06
@Leonard Scaper   I do turn off the heat/ac - but the beer frige might be going too far.

 I'll try going a little softer, but instead of buying SoundSoap after trying it I've decided to stick with Audacity. SoundSoap is available to try for free, but you can't download the song  when finished so I can't post any examples.

I just don't have a good ear and really couldn't tell the difference between the two programs. I was wondering if anybody was using anything for background / ambient noise, but I guess not.

Thanks

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