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Audacity has a compressor effect, however I found the "Compress dynamics" VST plugin generating better results, see more here. If you want better control over the compression parameters you should try SoX. Another approach is to try the Vocal Remover VST plugin for Audacity (it is in the same package as Compress dynamics), and if it succeeds in removing the ...


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You may find this answer from our sister site Sound Design to be useful. Basically, it depends on the kind of noise you are getting though. If it is random background noise, then it may be fairly difficult to remove unless it is pretty regular frequencies. Either way, most noise removal tools will listen to the noise and try to identify what they can ...


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I'm not sure if Audacity has this, but what you need is a compressor (actually an expander, but they're opposite things built into a tool referred to as a compressor). The compressor allows you to limit sound that is above a certain dB level, the expander limits sound under that level, called a gate. You can set a gate with the compressor at a sound level, ...


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Apart from the other benefits mentioned - mic placement, quality of the pre-amps, ability to properly monitor levels, another advantage is that many of the good quality digital recorders (like the Zooms) will let you record 24 bit samples at up to 96kHz. To use a not completely accurate analogy, that's like recording raw video at 4K instead of 8-bit at ...


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It's also known as having an solid understanding of microphones and recording techniques, as well as sound audio editing principles. These types of videos are a great example of how awesome sound recording can enhance picture, and examples of the reason no filmmaker should skimp on sound. It's easier to mess up good sound for dramatic effect (say, adding EQ ...


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I wouldn't recommend the h4n anymore. It is still a huge step up from the on-board audio, but it generally isn't the best value anymore. The H5n or H6n are both better options available now and generally better value unless you are getting a used H4n that someone is selling so they can buy the 5n or 6n. That said, yes, you want an external audio recorder. ...


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Getting the audio recording separated from the video recording is one of the best things you can do to improve your sound. What makes good camera placement doesn't always make for good audio placement. Also, your audio recorder can keep running while your camera isn't, so you don't miss anything. That being said however, the zoom h4n has some mediocre ...


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There are a variety of reasons to have an external recorder depending on the size of your production. A big advantage is the number of audio inputs and the ability to record each of those inputs as separate tracks, allowing you to do the mixing in post. I'm not sure about the H4n, but I know the H5 and H6 support multiple inputs as well as interchangeable ...


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Yes, its way better. Being able to monitor the levels, and headphones, makes a huge difference. However, its not even just the quality of the mic or recording device its the location. Having an external recorder means you can separate the audio easily from the camera. Back in the day when I was a teen, and had more enthusiasm than money, we used mics from ...


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Can't speak for the Nikon, but the Canon 5D and 7D both have terrible on-board audio, with no way to easily monitor the audio levels. The Zoom will have a better mic pre-amp, and will let you monitor the levels easily and accurately. You can also monitor the audio on headphones whilst filming, so you'll stand a better chance of spotting problems, like wind ...



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