Dealing with Noise


Tweak, cut, blend, and steal whatever you have to so that the audience can understand every word. They should be convinced it was all recorded in one take.

Ric Viers, sound designer Author of The Sound Effects Bible

This chapter is about noise: how to remove it (at best); how to manage it (as a middle ground); and how to find a way to cohabitate with it (a dissatisfying but grown-up possibility). Since “noise” is an unmanageably broad topic, I've divided this chapter into two types of noise, and therefore two means of attack:

  • Transient noises These range from the tiniest clicks and crackles to beeps and buzzers, to longer interruptions like dolly squeaks and background car-bys. Such impulsive noises vary in ...

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