Some plug ins or stand alone programs may be very useful for noise removing. But, first of all, I would try to remove the low frequencies that wind can produce, with an equalizer. Sometimes these low frequencies aren't necesary and can be suppressed.
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Sound Forge also has (had) noise reduction plug ins, but aren't bundled with the program. They are sold separately. Anyway, they were, we have a noise reduction plug in for an older Sound Forge version (previously to the Sony days).
smyers63:This is getting a bit off the topic but I want to clarify.
I've owned Sound Forge since v5 and currently have v9 which is the latest.
Sound Forge had no noise reduction built-in earlier, then had Audio Restoration built-in which was a limited version of the Noise Reduction plugin, and now it is all included. For a while, at least one earlier version was bundled with the Noise Reduction plugin. I updated to SF9 just recently which has the Noise Reduction plugin included and haven't had a chance to try it yet. The current version can use a noiseprint as I've just found out. Earlier versions of that plugin might not have noiseprint capability.
For something like wind noise, I'd use a noiseprint. It's a waste of time and effort to use EQ or any other form of NR on that kind of noise when you can get a program like Audio Cleaning Lab for $40. When you're making money at this or paying someone to do it, you'll easily spend more than $40 in labor monkeying around with EQ trying to get rid of the noise and not ruin the rest of the audio. If you haven't spent more than that on just one job, you'll certainly do it over the course of several jobs. The results will not be anywhere near as good - there's no comparison.
smyers63: In a professional environment, I wouldn't hesitate.....
That's my concern, and noise reduction, counter to your statements, isn't lossless! To use only as an ultimate solution.
smyers63:You apparently didn't listen to the examples I posted.
You're entitled to that opinion whether it's right or wrong. I heartily disagree with it and I never said noise reduction is lossless.
What I did say and still say is that the results from NR are far better than from EQ on that type of noise.
That's all I have to say about it. The original poster can make up his own mind.
SaintYorke: It didn't work with sampled noise (which always gets a tremendous amount of digital stuff in) but rather analog-wise sampled frequencies, with settings such as threshold and amount of reduction and so forth. Results were pretty awesome, since it didn't get any digital artifacts into your sound, and I could save quite a few shots that were doomed for dubbing.
Agreed about analog treatment, we have an old Elison Ysma 18 which can do a correct job (in some situations).
It's NOT irrelevant to have quality audio monitors when it goes to appreciate the noise reduction you refer to ! I am unable to detect audio "artefacts" with the poor loudspeakers currently connected to my web computer, that may explain why I spoke about professional audio monitors. Audio monitoring is indeed determinant, and so often underestimated.
I do not exclude the use of noise reduction, I only say that a first step may be an EQ try. However, as i mentionned above, I would prefer hardware analog professional noise reduction to a 40 bucks toy.
Arguing, for the sake of arguing isn't actually my concern, I only would expose my point of view, which seems not to be your's.
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