I was looking for a way to clean up my audio so I downloaded few demos of denoise plugins and did this youtube video:
It’s 20 minutes long. If you don’t have time to view it, here’s what I covered:
Acon Digitial Denoiser (part of the audio restoration suite $99)
iZotope RX4 Dialog Denoiser (part of the RX4 standard suite $349)
Waves NS1 Denoise plugin ($200)
Waves WNS Denoise plugin ($500)
The Denoiser that comes with Logic Pro X
There were two categories of results:
- Plugins that helped with out making it worse.
- Waves NS1
- Waves WNS
- RX4 Dialog Denoiser
- Plugins that were able to make the sound worse
- Acon Digital Denoiser
- Logic Pro X’s Denoiser
Overall I felt that RX4 did the best job, working like magic for my voice and the noise I was trying to remove.
Waves NS1 did a pretty nice job also.
Waves WNS didn’t do a whole lot for me, but maybe on a different sound source and with different background noise it might have.
Acon and Logic’s denoisers were both troubling, it was easy with both to introduce a ‘gurgling’ sound. I am always leery of plugins that add things like this.
If you’re in the market for such plugins, put on a pair of headphones and listen in a quiet room, and you’ll pretty clearly hear the difference.