Remove that annoying (and painful) S sound from your audio tracks in Audacity
This tutorial comes right out of my own experience. I had been doing recording for a long time with no problem, and then suddenly I was getting this powerfully painful “S” sound that hurt my ears when I wore headphones. So, I had to figure out a way to get rid of it.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to figure out anything because somebody already had. Sascha Eversmeier a guy who lives in Berlin (that’s in Germany) had already created his own plugin for all kinds of audio software that takes care of the D-essing problem (that’s what they call it… get it? Getting rid of the “S”?) His website is at www.digitalfishphones.com
So, in this tutorial I’m going to show you:
Where to get this free D-esser plugin
Where to find the instructions to install it in your version of Audacity
How to use it on a S-laden track.
And how to be happy that your S-problems are gone!
Often recordings have some background or room noise, caused by a fan, a hum from an amplifier, or other unwanted sounds.
The NOISE REMOVAL in Audacity is an effect that is pretty effective (no pun intended) at removing that kind of stuff… but you have to be very careful or else you might wind up with distorted sections of audio in the things you actually wanted to keep!
In this tutorial I’m going to explain what all the functions of the NOISE REMOVAL tool do… and show you how I use it to get the best results.
MUSIC: used by permission of Dan over at https://www.danosongs.com
Let me know what you’d like to know how to do using the free Audacity program and I’ll get it put together!
Sometimes when you do a recording in Audacity, you’ll get a situation where there is an unwanted background noise that is caught on your recording.
In the example you’ll see in this video, it’s one voice talking over another in a recorded interview. But it could be lots of different things that you want to remove – a cell phone ringing, someone clearing their throat or coughing, lip smacks… whatever.
There are quite a few ways to remove those types of unwanted noises, some better than others, some easier than others.
In this tutorial I’m going to show you one of the easiest ways for removing background noise in Audacity, using the “silence audio” tool.
Before you dive in, note this: In my example, I’m using a “joint stereo” track which requires a small little step of preparation before you can actually remove background noise in Audacity.
I also mention the use of the “Noise Removal” effect… with I will cover in a future tutorial for audio editing in Audacity.
This tutorial about removing background noise in Audacity was submitted by a viewer. If YOU have a question about how to do something specific in Audacity, send me your feedback and I’ll get right on them!
Too many people want to do a podcast with Audacity
but are intimidated by the technological side of audio and video. So they never even try to do that podcast they’ve been wanting to do. That’s too bad, because it’s really not that hard. It just takes a basic knowledge of the Audacity program, some organization of what you want to say and the order you want to say it in, and some time to mix it all together.
Really, it’s not that hard to make your podcast with Audacity.
In order to prove it to you, I decided to do a screen recording of me putting together an episode of my podcast – the Christian Home and Family Podcast – so that you can see it’s really not all that hard.
It’s kind of long (over 20 minutes) but shows you the practical, hands-on things you’ll run into when you try to make your podcast with Audacity.
I even make a couple of mistakes that you can learn from. In this Audacity tutorial you will see me…
Open an Audacity project
Import an mp3 file
Use the time shift tool to move things around
Use the envelope tool to fade tracks in and out
Use the cut tool to take sections out of a track
Use the copy function to copy an entire track
Use the paste function to paste the entire track into my project
Use the “minimize” tab to make my screen easier to navigate and work with
Use the zoom in and zoom out tools to manipulate tracks even more
Use the Dyson Compressor effect to increase the volume level on some of my tracks
Save the entire project
Mix and Render the entire project
Export the project as an mp3 file (for uploading to my server space at Libsyn)
Looks like a lot. And it is a lot. But it’s a lot of easy stuff once you get the hang of it. You’ll see in the video… I shoot through it all pretty quickly because I’m used to making my podcast with Audacity, so it’s almost second nature.
OK, enough talk… here’s the tutorial.
Leave me some comments below… or let me know what YOU would like to learn to do in Audacity… and I can make that happen!
Make your voice sound like those cute little chipmunks using Audacity!
Someone contacted me on the Facebook page and asked me how to go about making your own, normal voice sound like a chipmunk . That’s what this free tutorial for Audacity is all about.
You can do the “chipmunk effect” (that’s what I’m calling it, what do you think?) by simply speeding up the track – but that’s going to make the words so fast that you’ll have a very difficult time actually comprehending what is being said.
That’s NOT the right way to do the “chipmunk effect.”
You want it done in such a way that the speed of the speaking remains the same, but the voice itself sounds like a chipmunk.
That is exactly what this free tutorial is going to show you!
Watch the video tutorial, leave your comments or questions.
Thanks to whoever it was who asked me to show you how to do this! I’d love to make free Audacity tutorials showing YOU how to do what YOU are trying to do. Just don’t ask me to show you how to make your voice sound like a platypus.
So please, let me know what you need help with and I’ll be happy to work out a tutorial on that sort of thing using Audacity!