Premiere Pro Tutorial Part 45: Audio Noise Reduction and Order of Effects

Adobe Premiere ProBy Andrew Devis (doodleNEWS)

So far in our recent Premiere Pro tutorials, we have looked at sweetening our sound with the Parametric Equalizer, and then compressing our signal with the Tube-modeled Compressor. But what if we have noisy audio? Is there a way to deal with that?

The simple answer is yes, the Adaptive Noise Reduction tool in Premiere Pro CC 2017, which is again straight out of Audition. However, it should also be said that there are additional tools in Audition for noise reduction, and if you can’t get what you need inside Premiere Pro, you can always send your clips or your entire sequence to Audition to use the tools there (more of that in future posts).

Before we look at the Adaptive Noise Reduction effect, it is also worth talking about the order that effects should be applied.

For my own workflow, I would start with noise reduction so that I am not shaping or amplifying the noise in future steps, only to try and remove it later. Once I have applied noise reduction, I would then apply the Parametric Equalizer to shape / sweeten the audio in the desired way. And then lastly, I would apply compression, so that the signal I have is at an acceptable level.

Order of Effects

Order of Effects

Should I also want to apply additional effects, such as reverb or the Vocal Enhancer, I would also apply these prior to the final compressor. Another simple way to do some of these steps prior to the compressor is to use the Mastering effect, which as well as a simple parametric equalizer, it also has ‘reverb’ and ‘exciter’ sliders to work with. This is certainly an effect to get to know and fun to play with.

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