Hello, I’m not sure this is the right forum category. I tried to contact Steinberg sales/support but the website only provided a link to this forum.
I’m not even sure what product I need, but I’m guess it might be something similar to SpectraLayers or maybe Nuendo or maybe one or a combination of other sound or voice editing products. I can copy this to the other categories if necessary.
So on to the problem:
I’m working on an audiobook project recorded by the author.
Unfortunately, she’s not a professional VO artist and she speaks with a somewhat raspy voice.
I’ve gone round in circles trying to identify what is causing this “gravelly”, raspy sound or “crackle” and to remove it.
I have RX8 Standard. And none of the modules seem to have any effect on reducing or eliminating this noise. I also can’t seem to identify which part of the audio spectrum it’s originating from.
Please could you provide some guidance on how to go about editing the audio file.
What modules/tools would I need to use? How can I identify the noise in the spectrum editor? And is there a way I can create a filter that automates the process of isolating and removing the noise for the entire file?
BTW I have similar problems for most other voiceover recordings, it’s not a unique problem to this particular artist. I think some people call it vocal fry and it’s supposedly desirable in certain kinds of jazz songs I suppose (like Satchmo).
But these aren’t songs. They are audiobooks, and the raspy sounds become very irritating after even a few minutes - a bit like when someone has phlegm in their throat and won’t bother to clear it away.
I’m already using Izotope RX8 and have tried to get help from their support, but it doesn’t seem that any of their modules can deal with the strange voice noises.
I’ve tried declicking, dialogue isolate, spectral denoise, voice denoise and nothing seems to reduce or eliminate the raspiness.
Is this something that your module(s) can deal with?
Even if you don’t know how to fix these issues yourself, it would help if you could identify what they are. At least then I can search for filters designed to deal with them.
It’s actually such a common noise problem that I’m surprised no-one else seems to have noticed it. I’ve even heard it what should be professionally-edited productions, e.g. Audible or in movies.
I thought these raspy sounds (in this particular talent’s voice) were around the 1.5KHz mark (+/- 500Hz) but another colleague of mine seems to think that they’re chunks well below the 1KHz range (a big blotch of sound from about 50Hz to maybe 800Hz or so)…
Thanks in advance. I look forward to your reply.
PS I’m new to this forum - can anyone also explain to me how to upload a sample file?