How to Remove Breathing From Audio in Audacity [Step-by-Step]

Are you tired of hearing distracting breathing sounds in your audio recordings? This article will give 3 ways how to remove breathing from audio in Audacity.

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Updated on Feb 04, 2024

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How do you remove the sound of breath? I tried using the noise reduction effect, it removed the background noise and now the breath is much clearer.

--Jackxxx from Audacity Forum

Whether you are working on a podcast, voiceover, or music production, unwanted breaths can detract from the overall quality of your audio. Luckily, with the help of Audacity, you can easily eliminate those pesky breathing sounds and achieve a clearer and more professional sound. In this step-by-step guide, we'll tell you how to remove breathing from audio in Audacity.

Introduction to Audacity

Audacity is a free and open-source audio editor and recording application software that allows users to record and edit clips. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Users can use it to trim audio, remove background noise, adjust volume, etc. It can be used by both beginners and advanced users.

How to Remove Breathing from Audio in Audacity

In this part, we will present three ways to remove breathing sounds in Audacity and explain to you when to use a certain method. Let's read on.

Here is a quick navigation of the three ways.

Method 1: Using Noise Reduction
Method 2: Using Noise Gate
Method 3: Using an Amplify Effects

Method 1: Using Noise Reduction

If your audio contains multiple segments of breathing sounds, and you wish to handle most of the breathing noise at once, using the Noise Reduction feature is a better choice. This tool can even handle breathing noise occurring in the middle of a sentence. However, this tool may also eliminate some frequencies from the human voice, resulting in audio artifacts and decreased audio quality.

Now, follow the steps below to begin.

Step 1. Import Audio File

Select "Click" in the menu bar and choose "Open" to import the audio file that contains the breathing sounds.

audacity import audio file

Step 2. Select Breathing Sounds

Once you have imported the audio, a visual representation of the audio track in the form of a waveform will be displayed. Utilize the selection tool (resembling an "I") to mark and highlight the portion of the audio that encompasses the breathing sounds. Make sure to select the section of the audio that specifically contains the breathing sounds.

audacity select breathing sound

Step 3. Capture Noise Profile

With the breathing sounds selected, go to the "Effect" menu and choose "Noise Reduction." Click on the "Get Noise Profile" button to capture the breathing sound profile.

audacity capture noise profile

Step 4. Apply Noise Reduction

After capturing the noise profile, go back to the "Effect" menu and locate "Noise Removal and Repair" in the dropdown menu. Then, navigate to "Noise Reduction." Click on "OK" without making any changes to the settings.

audacity apply noise reduction

After completing this series of steps, you can review and adjust the audio. Check if the breathing sounds have been removed according to your requirements. If not, undo the noise reduction (Ctrl+Z) and repeat steps 3 and 4, adjusting the noise reduction settings as needed.

Step 5. Export the Edited Audio

Once you're satisfied with the results, click on "File" in the menu bar and choose "Export" to save the edited audio file. Select the desired file format, name, and location, and click on "Save."

audacity export edited audio

📺To provide you with a quick understanding, there is a YouTube video tutorial available that you can watch directly.

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Method 2: Using Noise Gate

If the breathing sounds occur only between words, it is recommended to use the Noise Gate tool. It can remove most of the breathing sounds from the recording. Unlike Noise Reduction, this method does not reduce audio quality.

Step 1. Select "noise profile"

After importing the audio file, drag the selection tool (which looks like an "I" )d to highlight a portion of the audio where the breathing sounds are present. This action captures the breathing sounds as the noise profile.

Step 2. Apply "Noise Gate"

Go to the "Effect" menu located at the top and select "Noise Removal and Repair." Then, navigate to "Noise Gate."

audacity noise gate

Step 3. Choose "Noise Gate" Again

Go back to the "Effect" menu and choose "Noise Gate" again. Adjust the Gate Threshold, Attack time, and Decay settings.

Step 4. Preview and Apply

After adjusting the settings, click the "Preview" button to hear how the noise gate affects the audio. If you're satisfied with the results, click "OK" to apply the noise gate effect to the entire audio track.

audacity preview apply

Method 3: Using an Amplify Effect

If the audio you need to work with is not very long, you can use the Amplify effect to eliminate breathing noise from the recording. And if you have already applied the Noise Reduction and Noise Gate effects and still find residual breathing sounds, you can try using the Amplify effect in combination with these other effects.

Step 1. Choose "Amplify"

Select the breathing sound, then go to the "Effect" menu. Under the "Volume and Compression" submenu, locate the "Amplify" button.

audacity choose amplify

In the Amplify dialog box, you can adjust the amplification level by moving the slider or entering a specific value. Be cautious not to amplify the audio too much, as it may introduce distortion or other unwanted artifacts.

Step 2. Apply Amplify Effect

Click "OK" to apply the Amplify effect to the selected portion of the audio track.

audacity apply amplify effect

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To Sum up

Now, you have learned 3 ways to remove breathing in audio using Audacity. Hopefully, the information above will be helpful to you in producing high-quality recordings. However, remember that each method requires careful adjustment and experimentation to achieve the best results. It's important to balance noise reduction with preserving the overall audio quality.

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FAQs About How to Remove Breathing From Audio in Audacity

After learning how to properly remove breath sounds in Audacity, the following section also presents you with questions that users often ask about this issue. Read the following questions to deepen your understanding.

1. How do I remove breathing from audio?

Several methods can help remove breathing sounds from audio, such as using a Noise Gate during recording, manual removal, and replacing unwanted sounds with background noise.

2. How do I remove breathing from audio online?

Kapwing, an online tool, can remove breathing from audio. It offers an automatic background noise removal tool for this purpose.

3. How do I get rid of echo in Audacity?

Under the "Effect" dropdown menu, choose "Noise Reduction" and select "Get Noise Profile." Once you have selected the noise profile, the window will close. Go again to your Effects Menu > Noise Reduction, but this time click "OK."

4. How do I get rid of static in Audacity?

To use Audacity's Noise Removal option, select "Noise Reduction" and click on "Get Noise Profile." Then, go back to the "Effect" menu and choose "Noise Reduction" once again.

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