What app to use to clean up audio on Mac

calliex

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Original poster
Aug 16, 2018
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Pittsburgh, Pa
I have an old cassete tape of a dearly departed family member talking about our family ancestry. I still plays well, has a little hiss on it and not as clear as it once was. I am no audio guy but was wondering is there an Mac app out there that would I allow me to digitize it and clean up the audio?

I played with garage band but not sure how to use it properly. I now have a digital copy of it with GarageBand not sure what to do next.


Joe
 

kohlson

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Apr 23, 2010
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I think you have some options. Audacity and GB, which are free. Both have a bit of a learning curve. And for-pay apps, which may be designed specifically for what you're trying to do, like SoundSoap Solo or Toast.
Without hearing it, I think what you're trying to do is "noise removal" or "noise reduction" or "hiss reduction". As well, you may want to use the EQ capabilities to boost the audio frequencies for the spoken word, starting about 400Hz to about 5KHz. This will vary by male or female, among other factors. In all likelihood, the audio range is not very broad, given the technology.

Expect to spend a little time learning the basics of any of these programs. They are quite capable, but there are a lot of controls.
 

calliex

macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 16, 2018
183
66
Pittsburgh, Pa
I think you have some options. Audacity and GB, which are free. Both have a bit of a learning curve. And for-pay apps, which may be designed specifically for what you're trying to do, like SoundSoap Solo or Toast.
Without hearing it, I think what you're trying to do is "noise removal" or "noise reduction" or "hiss reduction". As well, you may want to use the EQ capabilities to boost the audio frequencies for the spoken word, starting about 400Hz to about 5KHz. This will vary by male or female, among other factors. In all likelihood, the audio range is not very broad, given the technology.

Expect to spend a little time learning the basics of any of these programs. They are quite capable, but there are a lot of controls.
Thank You I would like to use something more designed for I want. It probably the one time I would need it. I will look into SoundSoap and Toast

Joe
 

kohlson

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Apr 23, 2010
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It probably the one time I would need it.
You may want to call a sound studio in your area. The cost for this may be very close to what you pay for the software, and they will do an exceptional job.
 
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