Breathing noise and how to reduce it
by MarkERoberts on Nov 7, 2011 at 4:23:44 am
Finally got the dream job. Took me 30 years, but I am in charge of creating podcasts and video assets for a large training company. I have the aptitude, the talent and the drive, but am having to ramp up on the tech stuff in a hurry!
I've been using Audacity for the first few podcasts. We have yet to release them. But, I am hearing the breaths that I take in (inhalations) and I am spending a gob of time removing them by listening, selecting, and hitting the silence key (hot keyed to the . key).
I know the DeEsser is suppose to help, but what I find is that not all breaths are reduced, and I get a hollow sound for the rest of the audio. Plus, if I select one section where there is an obvious breath inhale, not all the others are of the same frequency or signature, so I still hear it in other areas.
What I have been doing is recording the audio, playing it back and listening for the breaths, and selecting them- hitting "silence" and moving on. This leaves a flat "sound off" sound that is better than the breathing, but noticeable. So is there a way to remove the inhalation sound and apply that to the whole recording?
So, how to the big boys do it? I am seeing such power in the Audition program, but not finding a lot of dedicated instruction just on Audition. It seems the lion share of info is on the Premiere Pro side of the package. I need to be an audio tech and have no local assistance to mentor me!
Re: Breathing noise and how to reduce it by Steven Talley on Nov 7, 2011 at 10:27:58 pm
If everyone's audio is on separate channels you can try using a software gate/compressor on each track and the gate can be set to a threshold above the breath level keep the channel silent until the person speaks. Tweaking will need to be done for each channel.