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Background noise

Postby Walter Seaton » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:16 pm

I have video footage of an old very sick lady (who has since died) being interviewed. Her voice level is very low. I have been able to bring it up to acceptable levels by using the "normalize" control. However, this has also magnified a "squelchy" (I know very little about sound) background noise (it may come from normal low level noises bouncing around the room). I thought to reduce this by using the Dynamics effects filter, but when I opened it up I realized I was way out of my depth when it came to using the available controls.

What should I do to reduce this background noise?
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Re: Background noise

Postby Chuck Engels » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:41 pm

There are three filters you can try, Notch, Low Pass and High Pass.
You can also try exporting the audio and then use Audacity to try and clean it up.
However, considering you have raised the level so much it may not be possible to totally eliminate the noise.
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Re: Background noise

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:21 am

IMHO it may be best to make all of the sound adjustments that you need in an audio editor such as Audacity.

If the original soundtrack is available (re-download from tape?) then make all of the changes that you need in Audacity;

http://wiki.audacityteam.org/index.php? ... se_Removal

then save the edited soundtrack in Audacity and re-import it into PrEl and replace the soundtrack there.

EDIT: There are loads of Audacity 'how tos' and other stuff available. If you are unsure of anything then Googling will likely find the detailed instructions to guide you.
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