I live in an apartment next to a main road. As a result there are a lot of vehicles passing every minute. This leads to a lot of background noise(not consistent background noise like ambulance siren, dogs barking, people talking etc.) in the videos I create.

Is there a way to eliminate these noise.


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Using a reflexion filter would cut down on the ambient noise quite a significant amount. The shield acts as a somewhat portable booth due to the foam that reflects/absorbs the sound, giving the quality of recording a more natural sound.

Another possibility to try and cut down on ambient noise is to insert a noise gate on the same channel as your microphone and set the threshold so that only your speaking/singing voice crosses said threshold.

Reflexion filter that is good quality and fair price: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ReflexionX?adpos=1o1&creative=54989966161&device=m&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=CPD609XR8MYCFZKGfgodt5QOUg


Unfortunately, there's no easy way to eliminate these noises.

One expensive option would be to build a recording booth in your apartment.

Ways to reduce this problem : speak close to the microphone, record at night when the ambient noise is at it's minimum.

Using a noise gate as suggested in a comment could reduce background noise between words or sentences but will have no effect for background noise present while you're speaking.

  • Noise gate is an easy way to eliminate background noise. Mar 20, 2016 at 7:10
  • A noise gate would not reduce background noise which is present under someone speaking.
    – audionuma
    Mar 20, 2016 at 20:30

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