Chapter 17

De-Noising/Audio Restoration (Out, Damned Spot!)

The domain of a Mastering Engineer includes de-noising and audio restoration skills, making an overview important to explore. The common features of modern de-noise plug-ins (or standalone hardware or software onboard your DAW) are algorithms that will: de-buzz, de-click, de-clip, de-crackle, de-hiss, de-hum, perform spectral editing/repair, and provide tools for vinyl restoration (Figure 17.1). These tools allow the Mastering Engineer to identify, isolate, and remove unwanted noise or artifacts and restore audio. The applications of audio restoration include TV/film dialogue, cleaning up multi-track recording channels, and application of master file de-noising. In this chapter, I ...

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