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Removing White Noise from Audio in Adobe Audition

Apr 5, 2024

Have you ever found the perfect sound clip, but it's filled with annoying white noise? Audio professionals everywhere know and dread this issue, however, Adobe's powerful tool, Audition, offers an effective way to resolve this problem. In this article, we will guide you through the process of removing white noise from your audio clips in Adobe Audition, making your audio crisp, clear, and professional.

Step 1: Import Audio
First, start by opening Adobe Audition and importing the audio file you wish to edit by clicking on File > Open, or simply drag and drop.

Step 2: Select Noise Floor
In the waveform editor, identify the section of the audio with only the white noise. Select this portion of audio by clicking and dragging with your mouse. Be sure to select an area with nothing but white noise to achieve the best results.

Step 3: Capture Noise Print
Go to Effects > Noise Reduction / Restoration > Capture Noise Print, or press Shift + P. This will analyze the selected audio and create a noise print that will be used to remove white noise This will analyze the selected audio and create a noise print that will be used to remove white noise from the entire clip.

Step 4: Noise Reduction Process
Deselect the selected noise floor by clicking on any other area in the waveform editor. Click on Effects > Noise Reduction / Restoration > Noise Reduction (process), or press Ctrl + Shift + P. In the window that pops up, you're given controls for the noise reduction process. Adjust the sliders to your preference while monitoring the difference in the audio output.

A good starting point is 100% for Noise Reduction and 2% for Reduce By. Make sure the output noise only checkbox is unchecked, and click Preview to hear the modified audio. Adjust the settings as needed to remove the white noise without sacrificing audio quality.

Step 5: Apply Noise Reduction
Once you are satisfied with the settings, click Apply to remove the white noise from your audio file. Depending on the size and length of your audio clip, this process may take a little time.

Step 6: Export Audio
After removing the white noise, go to File > Save As, or press Ctrl + Shift + S, to save the edited version of your audio in your desired file format.

And there you have it - a quick, simple, and effective way to remove white noise from your audio using Adobe Audition. This process can be applied to any audio file, whether it's a recorded speech, a podcast, or a piece of music. Just make sure you have a clean noise print and adjust settings accordingly to achieve optimal results. Happy editing!

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