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You May Not Need Soundproofing For Your Room or Studio: All About Noise Reduction Software & Plugins

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

Don't get me wrong here. Sound proofing defiantly has it's place. If you have to much reverberation in your room and it's just to echo..y... then yeah, that can do the job. But so can moving some furniture around such as sofas or arm chairs. Mindfully placed artwork and paintings can really make a HUGE difference. Or putting book shelves in strategic places in the room. Even putting down rugs can really break up those sound wave reflections. And the best part about that it's usually FREE!!! Then you can utilize noise reduction software to take care of the rest of the unwanted background noise.

In this article, we will be discussing the importance of noise reduction software and plugins for musicians, and why you have more options then just, "Go buy expensive sound treatment!" Specifically, we will be focusing on Isotope, a company that offers top-notch noise reduction solutions. While I typically don't recommend subscriptions almost ever, Izotope is a rare exception because of its overall effectiveness and value for money. It is a musical "swiss army knife" for everything you do with your mixing and mastering of your music.

Izotope's noise reduction feature is powered by AI, which effectively removes background noise from your recordings. If that wasn't enough for it to do, it is particularly useful for musicians who want to eliminate unwanted sounds such as guitar squeaks, aggressive picking noises, or even amp buzz that happens when you are not playing the instrument.

Izotope also offers tools for voice cleanup, whether it's for dialogue or vocal singing.

These tools help remove any unnecessary background noise, allowing your voice to take center stage, and leaves a clean signal for when you choose to add EQ, or compression, or any other of the many tools we use for vocals, that can take all that background noise and dial it up to 11!

One of the standout features of Izotope's subscription beyond the RX features, are other great tools like Ozone for mastering your own work. The AI built into Isotope's software provides recommendations for mastering your

music, making it a valuable tool for musicians who want to take control of their own sound, and they're not ready to pony up $100's if not $1000's of dollars to a mastering engineer to finalize your music for streaming, cd's, or even vinyl.

Izotope also offers Sculpture, a tool that allows you to fine-tune the vocals in your mix. If the vocals aren't sitting right in the mix, you can easily adjust the sliders to achieve the desired sound. Whether you need to reduce harshness or add more presence, Sculpture can help you achieve the perfect vocal balance.

There are many more tools included in Isotope's subscription, but for the purpose of this article, we will focus on noise reduction. Let's move on to some examples so you can hear the difference Isotope's noise reduction can make in your recordings.

First, let's take a field trip outside the studio to listen to the background noise we're dealing with. This will give you a good idea of the challenges we face and why noise reduction is crucial. You'll notice how the background noise can make it difficult to understand what I'm saying, which can greatly impact the quality of your final product.

After listening to the background noise, we'll return to the studio and record some open mic acoustic guitar. You'll hear the unprocessed version first, without any noise reduction applied. Then, we'll play the processed version so you can hear the difference Isotope's noise reduction makes.

To effectively use Isotope's noise reduction, it's important to capture a sample of the room's sound. This helps the software understand the background noise and what needs to be removed. By taking a few seconds of silence, you can capture the frequencies of passing cars and any other background sounds that need to be addressed.

Once you have the sample, you can start the noise reduction process in your digital audio workstation (DAW). Izotope's spectral denoise tool allows you to pinpoint the problem areas and remove the unwanted noise. By adjusting the settings and listening to the output noise only, you can find the perfect balance between noise reduction and preserving the desired audio.

It's important to note that noise reduction is a trial-and-error process that requires some practice. However, with Isotope's tools, it becomes much easier to achieve professional-sounding results. Once you've gone through the steps and cleaned up the audio, you'll notice a significant improvement in the overall quality of your recordings.

In addition to the guitar example, I also want to provide you with a vocal example. Without any noise reduction applied, you'll hear how the background noise can be distracting and unprofessional. But once the noise reduction is applied, the vocals become clear and focused, allowing the message to come through without any distractions.

I highly recommend Isotope's noise reduction software for musicians who want to improve the quality of their recordings. It's a valuable tool that can make a big difference in the final product. Whether you're recording vocals, guitars, or any other instrument, Isotope's AI-powered noise reduction can help you achieve a clean and professional sound.

If you're interested in trying out Izotope's noise reduction software, I encourage you to check out their website and consider subscribing to their services. It's a worthwhile investment for any musician who wants to take control of their sound and eliminate unwanted background noise.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope you found it helpful and informative. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us with your questions, or leave comments below. And if you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing it with your friends and like minded musicians, and consider going over to our YouTube channel and checking out all the great tips, how-to's, and free tool's we have for you over there. Be sure to subscribe for all of the future great free content as well. Until next time, happy music making & recording!

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