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How to Remove Background Noise From Guided Meditation Recordings Using Audacity

Posted by Narek Mirzaei on

In this quick tutorial, we'll explore the process of removing background noise from your guided meditation recordings using Audacity in just 3 simple steps.

Whether you're a yoga or meditation teacher, creating a serene and polished sound for your guided sessions is essential. Unwanted sounds can disrupt the tranquility you aim to create, distracting listeners from the immersive experience.

Before we begin the technical steps, take a moment to listen to your recording, identifying areas where external noise might be present. This initial assessment sets the stage for effective noise removal.

NOTE: if you are new to audio editing and production, you can download Audacity for free. It is available for both Windows and Mac users.

Now, let's dive into the 3 steps to remove background noise from your recording.

How To Remove Background Noise From Meditation Recording Using Audacity

Step 1: Remove Background Noise

Using Audacity's noise removal plugin is a 2 step process: Selecting the noise profile and applying the noise reduction.

A. Select the Noise Profile:

  • Choose a section containing only the background noise.
  • Navigate to Effect > Noise Reduction > Get Noise Profile.

B. Apply Noise Reduction:

  •  This time select the entire recording (Ctrl+A).
  • Go to Effect > Noise Reduction.
  • Set the setting as follows:
Noise Reduction =  between 20-25 dB
Sensitivity = 6
Frequency Smoothing = 3
Noise = Reduce

  • Click OK an take a listen
  • If you are not happy with the result, undo (Ctrl+z) and repeat this process by adjusting the "noise reduction" level only.

Step 2: Enhancing with Noise Gate

A noise gate is a valuable tool used to mitigate background noise and enhance the clarity of recorded audio.
In Essence, the noise gate acts as a virtual gatekeeper, allowing only audio signals above a specified threshold to pass through while suppressing or eliminating softer sounds below that level. This proves particularly useful in eliminating ambient noise, such as hums or room tones, during silent intervals in voiceover recordings.
By setting the appropriate threshold and parameters, a noise gate helps create a cleaner and more professional audio outcome, ensuring that the audience's focus remains on the speaker's voice without distracting background interference. 
Now, let's apply Noise Gate to our voice recording.

    Applying Noise Gate:

    • Go to Effect > Noise Gate.
    • Leave parameters at default except for the "Gate Threshold."
    • Set Gate Threshold to around -45 dB 
    • Click OK to apply.
    • If the Threshold setting removed too little unwanted noise, undo and try a higher number (-40 or -35). 

    Step 3: Experiment With Different Settings

    The settings listed in this tutorial serve as an excellent starting point for noise gate configuration in Audacity. However, it's important to note that every recording is unique and may demand specific adjustments based on factors such as ambient noise levels, microphone sensitivity, and the desired outcome.

    Experimenting with the settings allows you to fine-tune the noise gate settings to match the characteristics of your personal recording environment. Once you find the perfect settings for your recording environment, write them down so that you can reuse them in your next guided meditation recording.

    Paying attention to these details ensures that the noise gate effectively removes unwanted background noise while preserving the natural flow and dynamics of the voiceover. Tailoring the settings to the specific nuances of each recording not only enhances the overall audio quality but also contributes to a more personalized and professional end result.


    Microphone: An Essential to Achieve Good Quality

    5 Best Microphones for Recording Guided Meditation

    Selecting the right microphone is a pivotal step in achieving a professional sound for guided meditation recordings. The microphone serves as the conduit between the instructor's voice and the listener's experience, making its choice crucial for capturing the nuances of soothing guidance.

    A high-quality microphone enhances the clarity, warmth, and depth of the instructor's voice, allowing for a more immersive and engaging meditation experience. Factors such as sensitivity, frequency response, and directional characteristics play a significant role in determining the microphone's suitability for capturing the subtle variations in tone and inflection inherent in meditation guidance.

    To learn more about type of microphones and best mics for recording guided meditation, you can read our blog post: 5 Best Microphones for Recording Guided Meditation


    Royalty Free Background Music for Your Guided Meditation

    Royalty free meditation music download

    Finding the right royalty-free background music for your guided meditation is a key element in enhancing the overall experience for your listeners. The music you choose should complement and elevate the meditation without overpowering the guiding voice. Look for calming and soothing instrumental tracks with a slow tempo and gentle melodies. Nature sounds or ambient music can also be excellent choices, creating a tranquil atmosphere for meditation. Ensure that the music aligns with the mood and theme of your guided sessions, whether it's relaxation, mindfulness, or spiritual contemplation.

    Meditation Music Library has the largest catalog of royalty free music specifically composed for guided meditation, yoga classes, and more.

    The Meditation Music Library not only provides a wealth of options but also ensures that instructors and practitioners can find the perfect musical accompaniment to enhance their sessions. This resource enables creators to maintain a professional and immersive atmosphere in their guided experiences without the worry of copyright issues. With a vast selection of compositions designed for meditation and yoga, instructors can easily find the right blend of melodies and tones to complement their teachings and create a serene environment for their audience.


    We Can Do It All For You! 

    If you are struggling with DIY audio production and finding the right music for your guided meditation, as well as mixing it professionally, we can do it all for you!

    We offer a service called Meditation Music Curation and Mixing. Simply answer a few questions about your guided meditation recording, upload your voiceover, and receive a professionally mixed meditation within 3-5 days.

    You can request a demo HERE.


    Final Thoughts: Join Our Patreon Group for More Tutorials & Free Music! 

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    Congratulations! You've successfully removed background noise from your meditation recording using Audacity.

    If you need more Audacity tutorials and also free meditation music that you can use in your guided meditation production, we invite you to join our Patreon group. By becoming a member, you'll gain access to a treasure trove of additional tutorials that can further refine your audio production skills in Audacity. Whether you're looking to master advanced noise reduction techniques or enhance the overall quality of your recordings, our Patreon community offers exclusive content tailored to your needs.

    Moreover, as a token of our appreciation, we regularly share a selection of high-quality, royalty-free music that you can seamlessly integrate into your guided meditation sessions. Our diverse library encompasses various genres, ensuring you'll find the perfect musical backdrop to complement your unique style and themes.

    Joining our Patreon group not only grants you exclusive access to valuable resources but also connects you with a community of like-minded individuals passionate about creating exceptional meditation experiences. Your support enables us to continue producing helpful tutorials and providing a rich array of music to elevate your guided meditations.

    You watch the video version of this tutorial on our Patreon page below:

    Video tutorial: how to remove background noise from guided meditation recording 


    If you have any questions or need further clarification, feel free to reach out. Enjoy creating your tranquil guided sessions!


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