How to Remove Background Noise in Adobe Audition [7 Ways]

How to Remove Background Noise in Adobe Audition? This article lists 7 inbuilt solutions to help you remove various types of background noise.

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Updated on Jan 31, 2024

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Using Adobe Audition to remove background noise from audio can be complex for beginners, but the effort is always worthwhile because it produces high-quality audio results. So, this article will teach you guys how to remove background noise in adobe audition in 7 ways.

In the following guide, we have listed seven built-in background noise removal tools in Adobe Audition. The list below will give you an overview of these tools.

Methods Suitable for Effectiveness
Noise Reduction Almost all kinds of background noise  High
Hiss Reduction Hiss noise, high-frequency noise  High
Adaptive Noise Reduction Constant noise, broadband noise, and intermittent noise  High
Denoise Broadband noise, steady-state noise, background noise  Moderate
Dynamics Transient noise, such as clicks, pops, mic bumps, and other short-duration noises  Moderate
Noise Gate Background noise during silent or quieter parts, intermittent noise  Moderate
Equalizer Specific frequency ranges of noise, such as low-frequency rumble, high-frequency hiss, resonances  Moderate

We all know that Adobe Audition has professional tools for removing background audio. Users can utilize it to remove breathing from video, remove vocals from a song, or separate vocals from background noise. But how? The following section will focus on that aspect. Now, let's get started.

Way 1. Use Noise Reduction

Adobe Audition's noise reduction tool is a powerful feature designed to help you eliminate unwanted background noise in your recordings. This tool primarily targets noise such as hum, hiss, rumble, and ambient sounds.

To remove background noise using Noise Reduction, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Open the Audio File

Launch Adobe Audition and open the audio file you want to work with. You can do this by going to "File" >"Open" or by dragging and dropping the file into the Audition workspace.

adobe audition open audio file

Step 2. Capture Noise Print

Go to "Effects" > "Noise Reduction/Restoration" > "Capture Noise Print". This action captures a sample of the background noise as a reference for the noise reduction tool.

adobe audition capture noise print

Once you've captured the noise print, press Ctrl + A (Command + A on Mac) to select the entire audio file, or choose the specific section you want to apply the noise reduction to.

Step 3. Choose Noise Reduction (Process)

Go back to "Effects" > "Noise Reduction/Restoration" and this time choose Noise Reduction (Process). A dialog box will appear with various settings.

adobe audition choose noies reduction

Step 4. Adjust and Apply

In the Noise Reduction dialog box, adjust the "Noise Reduction", "Reduced By", "Frequency Smoothing", and "Attack/Decay Time". Preview the changes if needed, once you're satisfied with the preview, click the "Apply" button to apply the noise reduction effect to the selected audio. 

adobe audition adjust apply

Step 5. Save As

Save your edited audio file by going to "File" > "Save or File" > "Save As".

adobe audition save as

📺Below is a YouTube tutorial that may be helpful if you prefer video instructions instead of text.

  • 0:23 Getting started
  • 1:06 DeNoise
  • 2:38 EQ
  • 4:02 Wrap up

Way 2. Use Hiss Reduction

Hiss noise is typically characterized by high-frequency, constant background noise. It can be present in recordings due to factors like microphone self-noise, electrical interference, or analog tape hiss. This tool is primarily used to reduce or eliminate hiss noise in recordings.

To remove hiss noise using the Hiss Reduction in Adobe Audition, follow these steps:

Step 1. Open your Audio Recording.

Step 2. Find "Noise Reduction/Restoration" and click "Hiss Reduction".

adobe audition click hiss reduction

Step 3. A dialogue box pops up with which you can sample your hiss with the Capture Noise Floor function. Use the sliders to control your noise removal effect until you have your best results. 

adobe audition adjust parameters

Way 3. Use Adaptive Noise Reduction

The Adaptive Noise Reduction Effect is particularly useful for wind noise and ambient noise. It can pick up small sounds like a random gust of wind. Adaptive noise reduction is also good at isolating excessive bass.

Below is the step-by-step tutorial:

Step 1. Double-click on your audio file or file panels to activate Waveform.

Step 2. With your Waveform selected, go to the "Effects" rack. Click "Noise Reduction/Restoration" and then "Adaptive Noise Reduction". 


Step 3. Adjust the parameters.

adobe audition adjust adaptive noise reduction parameters

Way 4. Use Denoise

The DeNoise effect in Adobe Audition is used to reduce or completely remove unwanted noise from audio files, such as hum, hiss, fans, air conditioner sounds, or any other background noise.

Here's a step-by-step guide on using the DeNoise effect:

Step 1. Click on the "Effects" tab in the menu. Scroll down to the "Noise Reduction/Restoration" option and hover your mouse pointer over it. A drop-down menu with additional options will appear. Select "DeNoise" from the list.

adobe audition select denoise

Step 2. After selecting "DeNoise," a new dialog box will pop up, displaying various controls and settings for the effect. 

Step 3. Adjust the slider to a position that provides the desired level of noise reduction. You can preview the changes in real time by listening to the audio while adjusting the slider. Once you're satisfied with the result, click on the "Apply" button to apply the effect to the audio.

adobe audition adjust slider

Step 4. Finally, save the edited audio file by going to the "File" menu and selecting "Save" or "Save As."

Way 5. Use Dynamics

The Dynamic effect in Adobe Audition is mainly utilized for reducing or eliminating transient noise in audio recordings. Transient noise refers to abrupt, short-duration sounds like clicks, pops, mic bumps, or other unwanted sounds that occur intermittently throughout the audio. However, it is not designed to handle continuous background noise, such as hum, hiss, or steady-state noise. For continuous background noise, other tools like Adaptive Noise Reduction or Hiss Reduction are more suitable.

To remove transient noise in Adobe Audition, follow these steps:

Step 1. Go to "File" > "Open" or by dragging and dropping the file into the Audition workspace.

Step 2. Click on "Amplitude and Compression" and choose "Dynamic Noise Reduction" from the options.

adobe audition choose dynamic

Step 3. Adjust settings and "Apply" the Dynamic Noise Reduction effect to the selected audio.

adobe audition apply dynamic

Step 4. Save your edited audio file by going to "File" > "Save or File" > "Save As".

Way 6. Use Noise Gate

The Noise Gate effect in Adobe Audition is primarily used to control or eliminate unwanted background noise in audio recordings. It works by setting a threshold below which any audio signals are considered noise and are effectively muted or attenuated.

To use it, follow the below steps:

Step 1. In the second step of method two, click on the "AutoGate" option and uncheck the others unless they are in use. Set the "Threshold" and "Attack" levels to the values you measured.

Step 2. Click "Apply".

adobe audition autogate

Way 7. Equalizer

The Equalizer is highly effective in reducing or alleviating noise with distinct frequency characteristics, such as low-frequency noise, high-frequency noise, and resonances. Its primary function is to adjust tonal balance and shape the frequency response of audio. For more targeted noise reduction, options like Adaptive Noise Reduction or DeNoise are available.

Here is a guide to help you use it:

Step 1. Double-click on the audio file to activate the Waveform view. Then go to the "Effects" tab and the "Filter and EQ" category and choose "Graphic Equalizer".

adobe audition graphic equalizer
Step 2. Adjust the equalizer bands.

adobe audition adjust equalizer bands

Best Pick: Remove Background Noise with EaseUS VideoKit

Adobe Audition consumes a relatively high amount of computer resources, and even a slight change can potentially damage the entire audio. Therefore, we also have an alternative option here: EaseUS VideoKit.

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Main Features of EaseUS VideoKit:

  • Edit without watermark
  • Remove vocals from audio and video
  • Add transition effects to the video
  • Remove background noise

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To Sum up

This article summarizes seven methods to remove different types of noise from your audio. You can choose the most suitable method based on the type of noise you have. If you find the steps confusing, you can also try EaseUS VideoKit. This user-friendly editor can help you quickly and efficiently remove background noise, making it ideal for beginners.

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How to Remove Background Noise in Adobe Audition FAQs

If the above information does not answer your question, we have also provided answers to some other frequently asked questions.

1. How do I remove background noise from a video?

You can use Adobe Audition and follow the steps mentioned above, or you can choose an automatic background noise removal tool such as EaseUS VideoKit,, LALAL.AI, etc.

2. Is it possible to remove background noise from an audio file?

Yes, it is possible to remove background noise from an audio file. Various audio editing software, such as Adobe Audition, offer noise reduction tools specifically designed for this purpose.

3. How do I remove background white noise from the audio?

In Adobe Audition, use tools like Equalizer or Frequency Analysis to remove white noise.

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