How to remove background noise in voice overs

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By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in VoiceOver on September 27, 2022
Are you wondering how to remove background noise in voice overs? There are a couple of ways to approach the problem. Here is everything you need to know.

    Are you a content creator? If you are making audio and video content, it is essential to focus on quality. And this means knowing how to remove background noise. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to achieve this.

    Reducing noise elevates audio quality

    The quality of the video and audio will play an important role for your viewers. After all, watching something with too many background sounds will make it anything but enjoyable. And today, there are so many content creators.

    If you dislike one, you can go find the next one. So, you need to have high-quality videos if you want people to enjoy the content and stay with your channel. This includes dialogue, music, and anything that appears on the screen.

    Noise is one of your biggest enemies, and you need to reduce it as much as possible.

    Online tools

    Those that are looking to simplify the process can always use online tools. Usually, these programs are designed to offer a simpler interface, but it doesn’t mean that they are bad. In fact, some of these apps will surprise you with high-quality designs and various features.

    More importantly, these tools can be quite helpful if you want to edit audio, and remove any unwanted sounds in the background.


    Descript is a video and audio editing software, and it’s incredible. If you are a content creator, Descript will change the way you see editing. It is simpler than any other option and designed to help even absolute beginners.

    The main inspiration for the program was Google Docs, and how easy it is to use it. Descript also has a text-to-speech app you can use, and it will automatically write the transcription for the video. And to edit the video, you can just delete unnecessary words.

    Even if you want to replace the word, you can make the change in the transcription, and the app will synthesize a voice that will sound like yours. Additionally, you can further edit the recorded audio and eliminate any sound you dislike.

    Wondershare Filmora

    Filmora is one of many apps Wondershare offers, and it can be a great tool for editing. Now, the primary focus of the app is videos. And while you can edit audio sound as well, it is not a tool designed to modify this type of file.

    One of the main advantages of Filmora is that the app is available on multiple platforms, it’s easy to use, and you won’t need to pay a dime for it. Filmora offers numerous editing features and functionalities you can use, and it will simplify the entire process.

    How it works

    So, how do these apps work? What do you need to do to get a better version of the audio file? Since these are online tools, the first thing you will need to do is export the audio from your video. Once you do that, you can upload it to the online video editor.

    After that, you will need to wait until the process is ready, and start editing. Any online audio editor will give you a chance to experiment with the EQ, reduce the amount of noise, normalize sound, and many other options.

    Almost every tool will have some sort of noise reduction tools you can use, and they will allow you to clean up the audio. Of course, you can always use DAWs, or even hire a voice actor to further improve the quality.

    Recording conditions

    One thing you need to keep in mind is that you can reduce the need for extensive editing if you improve recording conditions. There are numerous ways to improve the quality of the audio. Of course, the quality of your microphone will play an important role.

    But also, the location you are filming in. If you are recording a video outside, it will be quite difficult to have clear audio. But at home, you will have more options to eliminate the background noise. You can soundproof the room, create a recording booth, etc.


    Speechify is one of the best text-to-speech apps you can find today. You can use it regardless of the operating system you have (including iPhone and Android), and it’s quite easy to use. Even if you are an absolute beginner, you won’t need any tutorials or help.

    This voice generator allows you to convert any type of text into audio in real time, and you can export the file or use it for your video files. It is a simple way to make narration, audiobooks, podcasts, and many other types of content using artificial intelligence.

    But that’s not all. Speechify also allows you to import files from Audible, and even snap photos of physical pages and the app will be able to convert them to voice. And most importantly, Speechify offers high-quality voices that sound as good as human voices.

    Speechify allows you to get professional voice-overs with ease, and since the audio is generated with AI, there won’t be any noise on the playback.


    Can you edit out background noise in voice recording?

    Yes. There are numerous options you can try out, including Audacity, Filmora, Descript, Adobe Audition, Denoise, Waveform, Izotope RX, and many others. Just be sure the app you are using can work with additional plugins (noise gate).

    As long as the program you are using has a noise-reduction effect, it can help you. Of course, your room tone will affect the sound. If you have an air conditioner and a sensitive microphone, everything will be recorded.

    How do you remove background noise from voice over recordings?

    The process will depend on the program you use, but in the majority of cases, you will have “noise reduction” or “noise removal” options in the menu or effects. Once you select the option, you will get additional settings, and you will be able to remove unwanted audio noise.

    How do I record in a studio with no noise?

    If you are in a studio, it is safe to assume that your recording space is already soundproof. The next thing on the list would be to get a good microphone, editing software, and anything else that can improve the quality of the audio recording in post-production.

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    Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.

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