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5. Audio > Make Your Audio Sound Better

Make Your Audio Sound Better

Audio might take up only a small section of the audiovisual signal, but it has substantial impact on how your audience perceives your project.

Have you ever watched a low-budget, independent movie and been distracted by a subtle audio problem? It could have been something as simple as the buzz of fluorescent lights, but the sound drew your attention away from the scene and suddenly you were thinking about the buzz. If there is a slight hum—caused by an air conditioner, for example—your audience can easily become distracted. Removing hum and other extraneous noise makes an appreciable difference in your audio… and it can be removed easily with the right tool.

If you’re producing a movie and you discover your audio has areas that need to be cleaned, don’t fret. You have a few options at your disposal. The first, and easiest, option is to purchase Bias’s SoundSoap (http://www.bias-inc.com/ products/audioSoundSoap andsoundsoap/; $99), which is available for both Macintosh and Windows. The second option is to use the audio filters available within your editing program. Finally, you can take your audio to a professional audio mixer and have her do the cleanup work for you. This last option might yield the best results, but your wallet will be a lot lighter afterward.


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