The rise of at-home and remote podcast recording has introduced a new set of problems for podcast hosts.
Now, you’re competing with street noise, barks from your socially anxious dog, or the laughter of your kids running between your legs as you record an episode. Here’s our simple guide to provide you with some much needed relief by using Adobe Premiere Pro to remove background noise from your recording.
Create a sound-proof recording bubble
There are obvious limits to this from an at-home or out of office studio, but there are a number of ways to create small spaces of quiet for a recording. The idea here is to cut out the small noises that often accompany a home.
Think less of the shouts of family members or noise from trucks and focus on the small sounds that often get captured accidentally. Fans, air conditioners, or the hum of a light can often spoil an entire recording and grate on your audience’s ears.
Mitigate this by finding a small room, a closet, or even by pulling a blanket over your head temporarily to keep any ambient noise out. Depending on your comfort level, you could even build a mini recording box to help insulate you and your mic.
Use the Best Mic For You
Speaking of mics, you need to have a good one.
We use cardioid microphones for our shows, which is the preferred mic to use when you’ll be recording in an environment that could have uncontrolled noises nearby. Cardioid mics pick up only the sounds that are spoken directly into them. This tool is ideal for setups that have the microphone anchored in one spot allowing the speaker to speak directly into it.
Hosts often get caught up in trying to find the perfect mic or to copy their favorite radio hosts’ tools. Don’t overthink it. Our recommendation is the ATR 2100.
Use Premier Pro to Remove Background Noise
Now onto the good stuff.
Despite your best efforts to seal off your space and use a solid mic, background noise will almost certainly make its way into your recording. It’s just the nature of the beast. No worries when that happens, though. You just need a plan to clean up the audio and remove the static feedback under the tracks of your video or podcast. Here’s how we use Premier Pro to do so:
- Open the file and select the audio clip that has static. If you have multiple clips, you’ll need to do each of them separately.
- Once selected, go to Effects -> Obsolete Audio Effects -> DeNoiser (Obsolete). A prompt will appear asking if you want to use a newer effect rather than DeNoiser. Decline this option.
- Drag the selected DeNoiser effect onto the clip you’re editing. Next, go to Effect Controls > DeNoiser > Reduce Noise By and slide the effect until you notice the static move away. This can vary. Depending on the clip, you’ll typically notice a change between 6-9 decibels.
DeNoiser is preferred over the more recently added Adaptive Noise Reduction effect. The Adaptive Noise Reduction leaves a strange ring of silence around affected snippets rather than a clean edit. The DeNoiser clip may be outdated, but it works thoroughly. Your audience will enjoy a distinctly clear audio clip without any annoying static muddling the sound quality.
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