Anyone who deals with audio files on a regular basis knows that noise on audio files is a constant, recurring problem. In this post, we are going to look at some of the best audio repair software for noise reduction.
But first, let’s have a quick look at how to reduce noise while recording audio files so that there is less work to do after the audio has been recorded.
Turn Off Appliances
This is probably the most obvious place to start. Fans, air conditioners, TVs, fridges all generate noise that can be picked up during recording. Turning any of these off will have a considerable effect on the quality of your audio files.
Use a Suitable Room
If you are recording in a big, empty room, there will be a lot more reverberation than if the room you’re using is small and cosy. You should also think about moving to a different room if you are not able to reduce the noise from other equipment.
If your PC or laptop fan is working overtime, there will definitely be additional noise that will be hard to reduce. Maintaining your computers so that they are dust free will reduce the amount of work the fans will have to do.
Buy a Decent Mic
Make sure you have a good mic and that you can adjust the settings on the software that comes with it. Reducing the gain, while moving closer to the mic, may well fix a lot of the problems you are having.
Of course, it is pretty near impossible to get rid of all noise from audio recordings so the next step is to look for audio repair software that will help you reduce what’s left. Below are five of the top software available.
SpectraLayers Pro 5
SpectraLayers Pro 5 from Magix is a one-of-a-kind piece of software that allows you to visualise audio files as layers in a frequency spectrum. The program not only allows you to edit and create audio but also gives you unrivalled tools to restore and repair damaged audio files.
To give just one example of how SpectraLayers Pro 5 works as an audio repair software is its ‘Heal Action’ feature. Heal Action can be used when there was a dropout in the recording. It looks at the data before and after the dropout and builds the sound it feels will best fill in the missing data.
It also allows you to select recurring noises that appear in your audio files and save them. These ‘noise prints’ can then be used as a way of easily and quickly reducing noise in future recordings that have the same noises.
ERA Bundle from Accusonus is a great piece of software for those who are just starting out with audio repair software. That’s not to say that it isn’t for more advanced users because it most certainly is.
It has many features but the ones that I think most people would be interested in are its noise remover, reverb remover, de-esser, and plosive remover. And what is so great about this software is it is all done with just a push of a few buttons.
Far from being an expert and having seen ERA Bundle in action, if you are not sure what you are doing, this is for you.
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iZotope RX7 Standard
RX7 Standard is one of my favourite pieces of audio repair software for a few reasons. Firstly, it is a very good bit of kit. It does a great deal more than just audio repair, so whatever you are looking to do, I’m sure this software will do it.
I also love the fact that you can download to try, and not just software with the bare essentials. You can download the full version of and iZotope product and play with it for 10 days before you decide to buy.
Finally, the website is chock-a-block full of training. Most websites have training but iZotope seems to have gone above and beyond.
Of course, all this comes at a price. While RX7 Standard is reasonably priced, the better the software, the costlier it gets.
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Antares SoundSoap is another fine piece of audio repair software. Plus, it comes in three different versions, SoundSoap Solo 5, SoundSoap 5, and SoundSoap+ 5. One of them is bound to be priced right for your pocket.
SoundSoap Solo 5 is by far the simplest of the three and is meant for interviews, podcasts, iPhone/iPad videos and so on. SoundSoap 5 is probably what most people would be looking for as it has the ability to reduce all background noises such as air conditioners and fans. And SoundSoap+ 5 is the one with all the bells and whistles.
SoundSoap also has a ‘try it’ feature, but you cannot save it or share it until you buy a licence. However, you can try it for as long as you like, which is quite good.
Adobe Audition CC
Last but certainly not least, we have Adobe. I left Adobe till last really because to say it produces audio repair software is like saying that Rolls Royce makes cars.
I think it’s easier to let Adobe describe Audition CC in its own words:
[It] is a comprehensive toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display for creating, mixing, editing, and restoring audio content. This powerful audio workstation is designed to accelerate video production workflows and audio finishing — and deliver a polished mix with pristine sound.
Couldn’t have put it better myself, which is why I didn’t try.
Adobe is not cheap but if you are beyond the basics, or you are looking to turn audio repair (and all that comes with it) into a career, then this may be for you.
Please note: If you already have Adobe’s Creative Cloud, then you already have Audition CC. Check before you buy.
And there you have it. Five of what I consider to be the best audio repair software on the market today.
Do you have a suggestion which you really think we should have included in this article? If so, put it into the comments below and we will take a look at it.
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