[CM] noise reduction with snd

rm@fabula.de rm@fabula.de
Fri, 23 Aug 2002 10:45:58 +0200

Let me jump out  of my lurking state here ...
If i understand the original poster's question right he i
asking about background noise removal from speech recordings. The tools
mentioned so far are probably nice to remove scratches and dust noise
from old vinyl recordings but probably not so good for the task under
Moritz, you forgot to mention where the noise on the tapes(?) comes
from. Is it environmental noise or is it noise introduced by the
probably bad recording equipment. If you just need to isolate the
speech part to get a clearer understanding of the text you might be
able to use the ol' telephone trick: human speech stays comprehensible
even if one removes major parts of the spectrum. You could apply both
a lowpath and a highpath to the original signal, and, unless your noise
happens to be in the same area of the frequency spectrum as the speech
component, get a much more understandable speech signal. It's been quite
a while since a last worked with/looked at human speech, if you need more
help send my an email and i'll try to dig up some notes/literature.

 Ralf Mattes

On Thu, Aug 22, 2002 at 07:02:35PM -0600, kelly george hirai wrote:
> csound comes with an outboard de-noiser called denoise. i have used it
> with much success to get rid of hiss. check the comand line parms for best
> results, the default settings are not very good. kelly
> On Fri, 16 Aug 2002, Michael Edwards wrote:
> > Hi Moritz,
> >
> > Noise removal is a very tricky business, way over my head to be honest,
> > but I found a nice little app that's idiot-proof (there's only one
> > slider to fiddle with) and costs only $20.  I'm sure a lot people will
> > find it too limiting but I've done many a clean-up job with it and swear
> > by it.  You'll find it below:
> >
> > http://www.excla.com/WAVclean/English/
> >
> > Good luck,
> >
> > 	Michael
> >
> >
> > mlennert@club.worldonline.be schrieb:
> > >
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > I am a complete newbie in the field of sound editing, so please tell me if I'm completely out of my league and if this isn't the right place to ask these questions.
> > >
> > > I have been conducting interviews for my MSc dissertation and am now in the process of transcribing them. However, my recordings are not always of very good quality and I often have heavy background noise. Since this noise is quite constant and homogenous, I was wondering whether it would be possible to filter it out in order to hear the voices more clearly. I've tried some noise reduction with 'audacity', but the result was not extraordinary. Is it possible to reduce noise in snd ? And if yes, could someone just briefly list the steps I have to follow, or a source of information about this ? I have read through the manual, but since I'm not familiar with the vocabulary of sound engineering this is not always easy.
> > >
> > > So any hint would be welcome.
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance !
> > >
> > > Moritz
> > >
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