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In Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack demonstrates how to record, edit, optimize, and enhance audio using the professional tools in Adobe Soundbooth CS5. This course covers basic audio edits, such as trimming, fading, and panning clips, removing unwanted noise, enhancing audio with special effects, and creating stereo blends from multiple tracks. An overview of recording hardware and a detailed explanation of core audio concepts are included as well. Exercise files accompany the course.
Even well maintained vinyl records invariably have occasional clicks and pops, and you can use a feature inside Soundbooth to remove most of them. The smaller clicks and pops are easier to remove than the larger ones, and if you can't remove a large one, you can manually remove it. And I do explain how to remove individual sounds in a different movie. So let's start with this one here that just have some light clicks. (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty) and since you probably can barely hear them, let me first reduce the hissing a little bit, so that we have a better sense of what those clicks are like. So, I'm going to zoom in a little bit and do the same thing we've done in a different movie, which is to reduce the hiss first, and we'll do the noise sample right there, a sound sample, get rid of that last little bit of speaking, Capture the Noise Print.
I'm going to get the whole section here, where I select the whole portion of that clip with the vinyl noise and go Noise, and we'll Preview it and see what it sounds like. (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit) So, it has a kind of wavy electronic talking-through-a-tunnel sound, but you can at least hear the clicks a little bit better. So, we're going to go ahead and apply that setting. Notice that the little bit of hiss gets a little bit lighter in color now, and now you can see those clicks a little more clearly, right here and right there. Let's listen to him, (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty.) So, you hear them going right by, one there, and one there, and one there.
So, we want to start to remove those clicks, not one at a time, but using an automated feature, so I'm going to select this whole thing here, loop it to make sure you got the one correctly selected. (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty - that among these.) Let's get a little bit larger selection. There you go. (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - that among these) Whole bunch of little clicks there, about 5 or 6 of them. So now we're going to go over to this little Clean Up Audio section again where we had the Noise reduction to reduce or removing the Noise. There is one other section here called Clicks & Pops and Rumble.
Rumble reduces that kind of sound that you might have on a turntable that might be a little uneven or the motor's a little noisy, but we don't have those kinds of examples. We do have Clicks & Pops example here, though. So, we're going to click on Clicks & Pops, and that opens up a little dialog box, and it just basically says, "How aggressive do you want to do this?" Well we can Preview it and so we can give it a shot and see what it sounds like. And I think you'll be amazed. Those clicks are going to go away. (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.) Every one of them is gone, just by adjusting this thing with Removing More or Less and selecting the area that we want to remove those clicks.
So, I will go ahead and apply that. I still I have that little issue, and you notice those little clicks disappeared. Those little high spots have just disappeared. I'll do Ctrl+Z. There they are: 1, 2, 3. Now watch. I'll click this here again, say OK and watch right here as those guys disappear, gone. It identifies those little clicks and removes them. Let's just listen to it for a second. (Male Speaker: that among these are life, liberty and (Male Speaker: the pursuit of happiness.) Wery good. Let's go over to that one there's a little bit more aggressive, where the vinyl noise is much louder.
You're going to see that removing these clicks is a harder thing to do. We'll try to get a little audio sample here, Capture the Noise Print, make it a little bit larger so you can hear the whole shebang, Preview it, and it just isn't going to be - (Male Speaker: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.) We're going to accept that even though the audio quality is bizarre because it sounds like, again, speaking through one of those megaphones, but we'll accept that so you can hear the clicks better. Notice how it all got lighter there, but those click are still there. Let's listen to that. (Male Speaker: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted.) Those are pretty large clicks, so I'm not sure how the old Click & Pop feature is going to work on them, but we'll give it a shot. We'll Preview it.
(Male Speaker: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted.) So, as you can see, it's not going to work very well for those larger sort of chunks, if you want to call, them instead of clicks. So, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, and the thing is when you have larger individual sounds that you can see. And if you go over here and look at them, you can pick them out right there. See how they stand out, but they're just wider than a little click. When you can see them like that, you can manually remove them, or at least reduce the sound on them. So, I'm going to show you how to manually remove a sound in a different movie.
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