5 Super Easy AUDIO TRICKS That Will BLOW YOUR MIND!
Hey folks, Jordy here for Cinecom.net and welcome to creative Tuesday. Now, Accusonus, the creator of several audio plugins for programs like Premiere Pro, have asked us to make a video with their software. Now, sponsorships like these keep the channel alive, however, we always strive to make tutorial videos where everyone can follow along, also those who choose not to purchase the plugins. If you do, however, don’t forget to use the coupon CINECOM_50 at checkout to get 50% off on a single ERA tool, or get the entire bundle and, of course, get a bundle discount. All of the information is in the description below. So, I’ve got 5 tips for you in how you can prevent bad audio and afterwards see how we can fix the audio issues if it did occur, using the EAR bundle plugins from Accusonus. And we’re going to start it off with noise. There are two types of noise: environmental and recording noise. Try to figure out what’s causing the noise, usually an air conditioning, a fridge, etc. However, you’re not always able to shut them off. What you then want to do is try to aim the microphone away from that noise, this will reduce the noise that the microphone will pick up. The second type of noise is recording noise, and this occurs when you’re either using bad audio equipment or when your settings are wrong. There are two ways to amplify an audio signal, the first one is the analog signal, and this is most of the time a volume knob on you microphone or on your recording device. And you want to have this analog volume open as much as possible, because this volume knob will not create noise. Actually, you can only decrease the volume. Having it all the way open just means use the full sensitivity of the mic. And then there is digital gain. Most of the time, this is gonna be in your camera or a switch on your audio recorder. This is an artificial gain and will create noise. So, a common mistake is where you have a low analog gain, and a high digital gain to get to a certain volume. While to reduce the recording noise, you should do the opposite and try to gain as less as possible with a digital gain and as much as possible with the analog. Let’s say that you still have noise. Here is where the noise remover plugin from Accusonus ERA bundle comes in. Now, honestly I would jump into Audition, because the audio repair tools from the essential sound just don’t work. With the ERA noise remover, the only thing that I have to do is turn a virtual knob and that’s it. I’m getting similar results as I would in Audition. If you know where the noise is at, you can fine-tune that a bit more by selecting the frequency range and get even better results. Here is a before and after. At this moment, there is too much noise, but this you can remove with the ERA plugin. At this moment, there is too much noise, but this you can remove with the ERA plugin. Next up is reverb. When standing in the middle of the room, there occurs an issue called standing waves. And this is where to audio waves bounce back to each other and amplify a certain frequency. So, an easy trick is to already make sure that you’re not recording audio in the middle of the room. What also helps is to try and diffuse the sound waves, and this can be done with a movable panel or any larger objects. Make sure that your movable wall is not parallel with the other walls, but in angle. And finally are, of course, thick objects that absorb sounds. This is always the best way to reduce reverb. But when you’re not able to reduce it, well, then you can use the reverb remover from ERA. Now, just like before, you just increase the processing for as much as needed, and that’s it. Now, one thing that I do have to mention is that reverb is one of the hardest things to remove, because they are almost the same frequencies as voice. So that is why you can never really get completely rid of reverb, and this tool actually does a great job at it, but I wouldn’t set the processing to maximum. You wanna keep the voice natural, of course. Also, try to find out if your reverb is in the lower or higher frequencies. Selecting one of those options is gonna give a much better result. Smaller spaces such as a bathroom, often have a higher frequency reverb, and larger spaces such as a church, have lower frequency reverb. Right now there’s too much reverb, but this you can reduce with the ERA plugin. Right now there’s too much reverb, but this you can reduce with the era plugin. Next up, we got pops. Now, bringing the microphone close to the talent is great, but it creates a chance of pops. This is where a wind blow goes straight into the mic. A simple fix is to use the foam that comes with the mic, you could also use a thick pair of socks. There also exist pop caps. These send the air into a different direction as you speak, so it won’t hit the mic. What I also tend to do is not shove the foam of the mic completely on. The extra space you get will also help to reduce any pops. And also the ERA bundle has a plosive remover, which works exactly the same, just turn the knob. That’s it. Super easy to use. These popping noises are annoying. But luckily, with the ERA plugin we can remove those. These popping noises are annoying. But luckily, with the ERA plugin we can remove those. Now interesting about the ERA tools is that they are installed as VST plugins, and this means that you can also apply them from the audio track mixer. Now, one of their tools is also a voice leveler, and this will kind of compress your speech and bring higher and lower volumes closer together, which is something that you can do on track level. By the way, this entire speech right here has been enhanced using the ERA bundle. Next up is clipping. This is where your audio is too loud and your audio clips. Usually this happens when something unexpected falls or someone screams, and the best way to deal with this is record in two tracks. One track is set to a volume of normal speech, and the other one lower. Whenever someone screams and clips the first channel, you got channel two as a backup for that. Now when your camera does not allow you to do that, a quick fix is to turn away your mic from the audio source. When you see an object fall or someone takes a deep breath to start yelling, then turn around your mic. Do know that you will be picking up reverb, so it’s not an ideal solution but it could save your audio. Again, we can find a de-clipper within the ERA bundle as well. Now, what it’s basically going to do is try and reconstruct your clipped audio. Right now my audio is clipping. But thanks to the ERA plugin it’s not clipping anymore. Right now my audio is clipping. But thanks to the ERA plugin it’s not clipping anymore. And that brings us to the last audio tip, which are strong esses. Some people just have harder esses when they talk than others, but there are a few things that we can do to reduce that. First of all, all strong esses are high frequencies. So in placing your mic in an angle instead of right in front the talent, you could already avoid some of the hard esses. Another trick is to take chewing gum and stick that to the roof of your mouth, this apparently also reduces that. And, of course, if the harsh esses are still there, then just use the de-esser from ERA. And again, a single knob that does an amazing job. Spitting spiders are spinning a spontaneous web. Spitting spiders are spinning a spontaneous web. And those were my five tips. I can highly recommend the plugins from Accusonus. They give great results without needing to spend much time tweaking. Again, click the first link in description down below to check out the ERA bundle and if you buy a single plugin, don’t forget to use the coupon CINECOM_50 at checkout to get 50% off. Thank you so much for watching, thank you Accusonus for the support. And as always… Stay creative! Oh, hey guys! Yeah, I’m currently working on my brand new class about color correction and color creating inside Adobe Premiere Pro, which will come out on Skillshare very soon. Yeah, this is how you color great. I know. Awesome! Great!