Improve Audio with Effects

Learn how to enhance your voice recording with studio-quality effects in Audiate. Add effects to improve tones, remove background sounds, and adjust volume levels in the recording.

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Your audio recording setup or environment can impact the audio quality. Common audio issues include:

  • A loud computer exhaust fan
  • The microphone volume is too high
  • Hum or buzz from microphone and power cords
  • Speaking too close to the microphone
  • Echoes or reverberations from the environment in a home studio
  • Too loud or too quiet sections in the voice recording

Audio Effects Overview

Audio EffectDescription
Remove Noise iconRemove background noise in the recording such as a fan or street ambiance to produce a cleaner, clearer voice recording. See Remove Noise Audio Effect.

Tip: Remove Noise first

The Remove Noise effect helps improve the audio quality for most recordings. For the best result, apply Remove Noise to most recordings before applying other effects.

Volume Leveler iconAdjust the volume level of individual words to create a consistent level across the recording. See Volume Leveler Effect.
Equalizer iconQuickly apply a preset or manually adjust the equalizer properties to improve the clarity and tone. See Equalizer Effect.
De-esser iconRemove hard consonant pronunciations such as “Ess” or “S.” See De-esser Effect.
Remove Plosives iconRemove pops and breath sounds from powerful “P” pronunciations. See Remove Plosives Effect.
Remove Reverb iconRemove audio tails and echoes which commonly occur in large open spaces. See Remove Reverb Effect.
De-clipper iconRemove distortion and clipping that occur from improper microphone levels. See De-clipper Effect.

Apply an Audio Effect

  1. Open an an audio recording in Audiate.
  2. Click the Properties button.
    Properties button
  3. Click the + icon to view the available audio effects.
    Plus button to add effect
  4. In the Effects section, click to apply the desired effect. To review the applied effect, click the Play button.
    Effects properties panel

    Tip: Remove Noise first

    The Remove Noise effect helps improve the audio quality for most recordings. For the best result, apply Remove Noise to most recordings before applying other effects.

  5. To customize the effect, edit the properties. The changes are immediately applied to the audio. To learn more about each audio effect, see Audio Effects Overview.
    Remove Noise properties panel
  6. To save a preset of the effect with customized properties, click the Presets dropdown and select Save Preset.
  7. To apply another effect, click the + icon.
    Add effects icon

    Note: To disable an applied effect and keep its properties settings, click the on/off toggle in the effect’s properties panel.
    Disable effect toggle

The audio playback changes when each effect is applied, disabled, deleted, or the properties of the effect are adjusted.

Remove an Audio Effect

  1. Click the Properties button.
    Properties button
  2. In the FX section, select the effect to remove.
    Remove Noise properties panel
  3. Click Remove Effect.

Save an Effect Chain Preset

Save frequently used effect combinations as Effect Chain Presets.

  1. Apply and customize multiple audio effects.
  2. In the properties panel, click the FX dropdown and select Save Effect Chain Preset.
  3. Enter a descriptive name in the Effect Chain Preset Name field and click OK.

To apply an Effect Chain Preset, select it from the FX dropdown.