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Old May 10th, 2008, 07:28 PM   #1
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Audio Noise Reduction: Sony vs. Soundtrack Pro

I'm new to the Mac and would like to know if the noise reduction function in Soundtrack Pro 2 is considered comparable with Sony's noise reduction plug-in (which I've used in Vegas for years).

My first Video project on the Mac is for a woman's choir in a church with a noisy air handling system. I was not able to do anything useful (too many noise reduction artifacts) with Soundtrack Pro's noise reduction so I exported the audio to see what I could do on my old PC (running Vegas and the Sony plug-in) and was able to clean it up reasonably well.

My real question is, does it sound like should I missed something with Soundtrack Pro noise reduction or should I consider getting something else, perhaps a Waves noise reduction plug-in?

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Old May 10th, 2008, 10:41 PM   #2
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The best, most cost effective and easiest to use software noise reduction tool that we've either tested (and now use all the time) is SoundSoap from BIAS.
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Old May 11th, 2008, 12:23 AM   #3
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Another vote for SoundSoap -- it performs magic!
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Old May 12th, 2008, 01:15 PM   #4
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My very recent experience with Soundtrack Pro's noise reduction feature has been very good. I had decent recordings to start with - just a little hiss, and HVAC noises in some channels - but the results were so good and easy to obtain that I was wondering if Apple has made improvements to the algorithms used in Soundtrack Pro recently. I remember it used to be much more difficult - or maybe I just got lucky a few times in a row.

Has anybody else experiences this lately?

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Old May 13th, 2008, 10:08 AM   #5
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Robert and Vic, thanks for the tip. I see that BIAS sells "SoundSoap 2" and "SoundSoap Pro". Any opinions/recommendations about one versus the other? (I just work with live recordings -- mostly video). I see that there is a free trial period -- am planning to check it out.

Martin, thanks for sharing that. I've got Soundtrack Pro 2.0.2 but am a novice with it.

Just for grins I've attached a noisy 20 second audio clip from that video project mentioned above. (I'm curious to know if I'm simply not using the Soundtrack Pro noise reduction correctly -- and/or what the alternatives are).

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Old May 13th, 2008, 10:10 AM   #6
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Oops, here is that attachment.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 09:01 PM   #7
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Steven --

SoundSoap Pro obviously has more bells & whistles, but SoundSoap 2 did the job for me. I didn't need anything more.
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