Noise

Sound for Video Session: Tools for Dialogue Sound De-noising Audition, RX

In this week's episode we cover three tools you can use to help reduce noise in your dialogue audio recordings: High pass filters, de-hum, and de-noise plugins. We cover most of this in Adobe Audition but also jump over into Izotope RX to show the same set of tools. The same principles apply for other audio editing apps as well.

Links to gear discussed and used to record this session:
Sennheiser MKH 8050 Supercardioid Boom Microphone

Voice Technologies VT-500 Lavalier Microphone

Sound Devices 633 Audio Recorder/Mixer

Electrovoice RE20 Dynamic Microphone - used to record this session

Antelope Audio Orion Studio Audio Interface

Copyright 2017 by Curtis Judd

Sound for Video Session: Sound Jobs and Recording in Noisy Places

This week we answer a couple of sound questions:
- What types of sound jobs are most in demand?
- Which microphones can you use to record in very noisy places like factories?

Example of how much noise isolation you can expect from the RODE Reporter handheld microphone: 

Links to gear discussed and used to record this session:

Voice Technologies Duplex Cardioid Headset Microphone (this will provide more isolation from noise than most other options)

RODE HS2 Headset Microphone (another headset microphone, slightly less expensive but with an omni-directional polar pattern)

RODE Reporter Handheld Microphone (I used this to record interviews at the NAB show with good results)

Sennheiser MD 46 Cardioid Handheld Microphone (More noise isolation but you have to keep it close to whomever is speaking)

RODE iXLR (Allows you to connect the RODE Reporter or Sennheiser MD 46 or any other dynamic XLR microphone to your iPhone and your phone becomes the audio recorder or camera - also used this in the interview with Paul from Sound Devices above)

Electrovoice RE20 Dynamic Microphone - used to record this session

Antelope Audio Orion Studio Audio Interface

Copyright 2017 by Curtis Judd

Sound for Video Session: Sync, Timecode, Noise, Preamps, Monitors and More!

In this week's question and answer session, we tackle the following topics:

00:04 Audio Sync
02:15 Timecode, Breakaway Cables
05:16 Noise Reduction, External Preamps
08:06 Mixing Monitors
12:19 Sound Blankets vs Moving Blankets vs Quilts
15:17 Sennheiser MKE 600, Shock mounts, Wind Protection, Audio Interfaces
23:22 Monitor Placement
25:42 Compression Ratio, Sound Floor

Gear and links to previous sessions discussed in this session:

Remote Audio Breakaway Cable

Avantone Pro Mix Cube Powered Monitor (set)

KRK Rokit 5 G3 Powered Monitor (one)

Sennheiser MKE600 Shotgun Microphone

Rycote InVision Lyre Shock Mount:

Sennheiser MZS 600 Shock Mount for MKE600:

Rycote Hot Shoe Adapter - Mount your shock mount on your camera's shoe

Rycote Softie Furry Windscreen (good for light wind)

RODE Blimp Wind Cover (good for stronger wind)

Rycote Cyclone (the best wind protector I've used and own)

Electrovoice RE20 Broadcast Microphone - this is what I used to record this session

Producer's Choice Sound Blankets

Timecode demonstration:

Noise Cleanup:

Sound Design, Effects, Foley:

Copyright 2017 by Curtis Judd

Sound for Video Session: Cleaning Up Background Noise from dialogue recordings in Audition and RX

In this week's Sound for Video Session I show an example of how to reduce the noise (fairly extreme background noise) in a dialogue recording using Adobe Audition and Izotope RX 6.

Links to gear we discussed or used to record this session:

Focal Solo6 Be - Top-end professional near-fields from Focal. Beryllium tweeter. These are the monitors I finally decided to purchase for my mixing work - just to follow up from last week's session where we talked monitors.

Electrovoice RE20 Dynamic Broadcast Microphone - this is what I used to record my voice for this session

Antelope Audio Orion Studio Audio Interface - this is what I used to record my voice for this session.

Copyright 2017 by Curtis Judd

Sound for Video Session: Sync, Blending Mics, Recorder Setup, Mouth Noise, Loudness, Multicam

In this week's Sound for Video Session we discuss some of your questions:

- How to fix audio that drifts out of sync
- I have several mics, how do I blend them? When should I use which?
- How should I set up my Zoom F4?
- How can I manage mount noises in voice overs?
- How do I (batch) fix clips which are not the same loudness?
- How do I send audio from my MixPre to three cameras for a multi-cam shoot?

Previous episodes referenced:

Booming a camera-top Shotgun Microphone:

Loudness Export Option in Premiere Pro:

Links to Gear Discussed and Used to Record This Session:

XLR Microphone Cable - Your basic 25 foot long XLR microphone cable

RODE VXLR 3.5mm to XLR Adapter - use this to adapt the RODELink receiver's 3.5mm output to XLR for input into your Zoom F4 recorder

Tascam DR-60DmkII Audio Recorder - Nice intro level audio recorder with 2 XLR inputs

RODE NT2A Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone - nice option for voice over work if you're recording in a room that doesn't have a lot of reverberation issues

Electrovoide RE20 Dynamic Broadcast Microphone - Used to record me for this session. Better option if your room does have a lot of reverberation.

Copyright 2017 by Curtis Judd

Sound for Video Session: Road Noise, Asymmetric Waveforms & Phase Rotation

In this week's Sound for Video Session, we discuss two questions:

- How do I reduce road noise for recordings in cars?
- How do I fix asymmetric waveforms without spending $800 CDN on Izotope RX?

Gear used to record this session:

Electrovoice RE20 Dynamic Microphone: http://amzn.to/2rtAWHV

Antelope Audio Orion Studio Audio Interface: https://bhpho.to/2lRXBtG

Copyright 2017 by Curtis Judd

Sound for Video Session: EQ Presets, Clothing Noise, 3rd Party Plugins

In this week's Sound for Video Session we run through several questions:

- Should I create an EQ preset for microphones which usually sound too bright (like the Sanken COS-11D when worn on the outside of clothing)?
- How can I manage clothing noise when using a boom mic?
- Are there benefits to using 3rd party audio processing plugins versus using the plugins that come with Adobe Audition?

Here's an example of using an EQ plugin to cut a hole in a music track for dialogue. You can use this same idea to create a preset which helps to reduce "presence boost" which sounds too harsh:

Gear mentioned/used in this episode:

Sanken COS-11D Lavalier Microphone

DPA 4017b Shotgun Microphone (This is the microphone I used to record this session)

Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro (my new camera which I used to film this session) Also available from DVeStore.

Copyright 2017 by Curtis Judd

Sound for Video Session: Troubleshoot, Mobile, Richer Sound, Noise, and ADR

In this week's Sound for Video Session we run through several questions:

- How to troubleshoot
- Does the Kaotica Eyeball really reduce room reverb for recording?
- Best gear to record podcasts on the road?
- How do I make my recordings more “full-bodied”?
- What can I do when I’m recording an interview and a snow removal blower is working outside?
- Which microphone should I use for ADR?

Gear used or mentioned in this episode:

Kaotica Eyeball

Electrovoice RE20 Dynamic Microphone (Voiceover for this session was recorded with this)

Tascam DR-60DmkII Audio Field Recorder

Antelope Orion Studio Audio Interface (Voiceover for this session was recorded with this)

Copyright 2017 by Curtis Judd

Sound for Video Session: Clean Noisy Dialogue Sound with Adobe Audition

In this week's Sound for Video Session we run through several techniques you can use to reduce noise in very noisy dialogue sound recordings for film. We use a clip recorded on a busy urban street where we could not get as close to the interviewees as we would have liked.

Gear used to produce the short film and this episode:

Audio Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Microphone - used this to record the interviews out on the street. Works well as long as you have a good shock mount and wind protection (see Cyclone below)

Rycote Cyclone Windshield and Shockmount - this is what prevented the wind from blowing across the microphone capsule and making that low frequency, distorted sound.

Sound Devices 633 Audio Mixer/Recorder - my go-to recorder/mixer

Electrovoice RE20 Dynamic Microphone (Voiceover for this session was recorded with this)

Antelope Orion Studio Audio Interface (Voiceover for this session was recorded with this - couldn't be happier. By far, the best audio interface I've owned)

Sound for Video Session: Lavalier Mics, Air Conditioning, Music Videos

This week we answered sound questions from several of you including the following:

- 3 questions about lavalier microphones
- How to deal with noise like air conditioning
- How to record/shoot music videos

Gear discussed and used to produce this episode:

RODE VXLR 3.5mm TRS to XLR Adapter

Zoom H5 Handy Recorder

Tascam DR-70D Audio Recorder (4 inputs)

Electrovoice RE20 Dynamic Microphone (Voiceover for this session was recorded with this)

Antelope Orion Studio Audio Interface (Voiceover for this session was recorded with this)