Using Adobe Audition CC's New 'Sound Remover' Effect to Fix Your Audio Dilemmas

Audio post-production can be a major pain for those of us who don't have (can't afford) a proper audio post team. Luckily for us, high-end tools have never been easier to use or more affordable. One of my favorite tools for the past year has been Adobe's revamped version of Audition. The ability to seamlessly roundtrip audio clips between Premiere and Audition made the choice all that much easier. Now with Adobe's latest offering in the audio production field, Audition CC, fixing problematic audio should be as simple a process as ever.

Here's a quick tutorial courtesy of the fine folks over at Infinite Skills that sheds light on how easy it is to fix all kinds of audio problems with the new Sound Remover effect. Ready to have your mind blown? Check out the video to see this new effect in action:

Where tools such as the Sound Remover effect will really come in handy is when you're dealing with footage that was shot on location (as opposed to on a soundstage.) When you don't have complete control over the sounds at your location, various wild sounds such as traffic, airplanes, refrigerators, lawnmowers, dogs, etc. will inevitably make their way into your sound mix, oftentimes unknowingly.

When this happens, it has the potential to make your post production sound process a complete nightmare. However, the Sound Remover effect looks to be a miracle worker in those regards, as it can literally identify and obliterate complex sounds from your mix without completely destroying the audio you want to keep.

All I can say is that I wish I had this on every film I've ever worked on, because it would have saved me hours upon hours of tweaking various noise reduction and EQ plugins (all for mediocre results.)

What do you guys think? Are you as amazed by this new tool as I am? Would this plugin have benefited or saved any of your past projects, and do you see yourselves using this on future projects? Let us know in the comments!

Link: Using the Sound Remover effect - Adobe TV

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Audition is great. A pro audio tool that has moved me away from ProTools.

June 23, 2013 at 11:20AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


This is cool, but another in the lets not bring on experienced professionals to help with the filmmaking process. Also this tool still needs a bunch of work before it can be on par with apps like Pro Tools, Nuendo, Reaper, MixBus.

June 23, 2013 at 1:01PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I agree. I'm using Ableton Live 9 and Reaper 4.

June 23, 2013 at 7:34PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


did u seriously compare an FX to a whole program...seriously? Like really, u just compared Pro Tools to an FX...if so, u really do need the audio professional you talk about

June 23, 2013 at 7:59PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

rob calico

Looks similar to Sony SpectraLayers, but more automated.

June 23, 2013 at 1:16PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


How does this compare to iZotope RX?

June 23, 2013 at 2:35PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Removing that siren was pretty awesome. I used it on some footage and it works really great on air conditioner noise too. Thanks for sharing this

June 23, 2013 at 5:46PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


It's cool, definitely. This stuff's been in higher-end apps for awhile, as mentioned. Bummer about the cough.

June 24, 2013 at 7:49AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I wish he would have tried harder to paint it.
He sort of didn't even really try with the cough, stating before even trying that it wasn't going to work out.
I'd like to hope that with some careful painting, you could get some more favorable results.

June 24, 2013 at 11:58PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


And all the stock audio companies are now scrambling to better encrypt their previews...

June 27, 2013 at 12:34PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Izotope RXII is a far better tool. Maybe this is fast, but not better.

My two cents.

June 27, 2013 at 2:26PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I agree that the Noise Reduction process is a great tool, but I have one issue... I need to strip away the process as I am now sending my audio to a professional audio tech, but cannot figure out how to do so as it is not like other effects. Any help would be much appreciated.

October 15, 2013 at 11:45AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM

Matt Beauchesne

Successfully used the Sound Remover to kill a server hum that I could not get rid of with the Noise Reduction! But Audition won't let me record the Sound Remover as a Favorite so I can do batch processing.... So that's annoying.

December 19, 2013 at 6:48PM, Edited September 4, 8:45AM