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Wayne Hughes
eliminating breath sounds in audition 1.5
on Feb 9, 2014 at 11:04:09 pm

I am a first-time narrator having just completed a book. Is there a way to eliminate breath sounds in audition 1.5 without pasting a background sample on each? I've done a 7.5 hr. book and it will be a tremendous job having to eliminate each draw of breath.

I've listened to many books over the years, but I cannot detect the sound of a breath being drawn in any of them.

Any help you can provide with this will be appreciated.

Thanks for your time.

Wayne Hughes


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: eliminating breath sounds in audition 1.5
on Feb 10, 2014 at 3:39:39 am

You might try sampling the sound of a breath (capture noise print) and then using that to remove the noise, although not all breathing sounds are the same. The other option would be to try isolating the breath noise in the Spectral Display. Other than that, I think you'll have to go through and insert silence on all of your breaths - it's a pretty quick process, but I'm used to doing it on max five minutes or so. It will be laborious, but hopefully the sale of the book will pay for your time working on it.

Check out these possibilities here:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/audition/cs/using/WS58a04a822e3e501054824103898...

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Wayne Hughes
Re: eliminating breath sounds in audition 1.5
on Feb 10, 2014 at 3:50:24 am

Thanks. I'm afraid I'll go for the "paste" approach. Should only take me a week, more or less.


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Joe Barta IV
Re: eliminating breath sounds in audition 1.5
on Feb 10, 2014 at 2:52:49 pm

Try applying a Noise Gate filter and adjust the threshold to so that it cuts out the breaths. That should eliminate most of them. The Noise Gate opens, or brings the volume up, only for sounds above a certain level (threshold). Anything below that line it closes, or turns the volume all the way down. Breaths are usually quieter than spoken vocal tones. You can adjust the Release so that it will not cut off "S" at the end of a sentence.

Bars & Tone
SALUTE!


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Wayne Hughes
Re: eliminating breath sounds in audition 1.5
on Feb 10, 2014 at 3:26:40 pm

Thanks very much for your time. I assume a noise gate filter is not part of Audition. Is there a place to download one?

Wayne Hughes


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: eliminating breath sounds in audition 1.5
on Feb 10, 2014 at 3:54:19 pm

You should find it under Dynamics Processing. Effects>Amplitude and Compression. There are a couple of Noise Gate presets to try out, other than that, it's experimentation time. Here's a nice discussion of noise gating and breath reduction:
http://www.voiceoveruniverse.com/group/audiobooksandnarrationpayingjobs/for...

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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David Rehm
Re: eliminating breath sounds in audition 1.5
on Feb 14, 2014 at 12:28:52 am

I remember Chris Meyers did a tutorial for this same problem on Lynda.com
Here is the link (you'll have to become a member though)
http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Dynamics-processing/81919/8318...

Honestly, I find I have the best results doing it manually (selecting the breathing and lowering the levels). It's time consuming but the results are what I am looking for.

David R.


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