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Thread: Can anyone help clean up an audio file to be used in court?!?

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    Default Can anyone help clean up an audio file to be used in court?!?

    Hi everyone,
    I have a voice recording with a good bit of background noise and I really need it cleaned up. It is a file I need to play in a courtroom, so this is important. I have tried to clean it up with Audacity myself, but I am quite the novice and the results were poor. Would anyone who has some skill with audio editing software like to give it a shot?
    I appreciate any help!

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    If you post a small sample of the audio, so we can see how bad it is, that might help us to assess it to see how fixable it is.

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    Attorney Sound.mp3

    Attached is the entire sound file (it's only a couple of minutes long) so you can see the quality. Let me know if you need anything else. Thanks so much for your time!

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    I think it will be hard to clean this. Background sound is pretty noisy and main voice isnt really clear.
    But maybe someone from this forum can help you.

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    I've had a go but with the tool I have I couldn't pull the voices out of the background enough to hear them. Sorry.

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    Before anything else, I might immediately use EQ to remove all frequencies below, say 200Htz. That is around the lower end of frequencies which voices might use; so removing them will not affect the voices; only remove the rubbish in the bass.

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    This is the best I could do without distorting it to much. Might crack on some speakers.
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Thanks so much for your help, guys (especially Solo). The clean up was good enough for what I needed it for. Much appreciated!

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