doddleREVIEW: CrumplePop’s AudioDenoise and EchoRemover

crumplepop-logoBy Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS)

CrumplePop makes some pretty cool plugin’s for professional-level NLE’s and audio apps (like Final Cut Pro X and Audition, all Mac), and I was very interested in testing and reviewing their two cool audio plugins, AudioDenoise and EchoRemover.

It can affect any videomaker or filmmaker: You’re on location, and you discover it’s a wide area that’s giving you echo. Or perhaps there’s an old audio cable that is causing a slight hiss in your sound, or maybe there’s an air conditioner running in the distance. Well, these CrumplePop plugins can help remove or correct those audio nightmares.

CrumplePop AudioDenoise

audiodenoiseTo quickly sum up AudioDenoise: Where was this app when I made my first film Skye Falling 20 years ago? We were in an ice cream shop, and we turned off the coolers; when the owner realized we weren’t turning them back on for a while, she was understandably upset. So we recorded with the coolers on, and it was terrible. Luckily I was friends with an indie rock producer, and had very expensive software to remove the hum, giving us clean audio.

AudioDenoise costs just $99, and you can buy it through FxFactory. Since I don’t have easy access to the ice cream parlor raw footage, so I went with a short movie we made a few years ago called Hellevator, written by comic book legend David Michelinie.

The film was filmed completely in front of a green screen with VFX added in later (check out this blog to learn more); we filmed it in a small warehouse my friend co-owned, and unfortunately the audio had a slight hiss. And despite our best efforts with sound blankets, we had a little bit of an echo.

In post-production, my good friend Grant (audio guru) and I did our best to get rid of it with filters, which did an admiral job, plus the soundtrack covered a lot. But I wasn’t happy with some of the filters and plugins available at the time, and many cost a lot of money. So this is a perfect test for both CrumplePop filters.

Since I use Final Cut Pro X, it was easy to drop the AudioDenoise plugin from the Effects window onto my timeline, and it quickly fixes the hiss. I then move the slider to control how much adjustment I want. I pull that up via the control button in the Inspector.

The results (slight echo and reverb are still present):

Here are the tech specs for AudioDenoise:

  • Editing platform: For Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro CC, Logic Pro X, Audition, and Garageband
  • Hardware requirements: Mac with Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better, 2GB RAM
  • OS requirements: macOS v10.11 or better
  • Supported codecs: All codecs supported by Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Supported resolutions: All resolutions supported by Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Software requirements (minimum): Final Cut Pro X 10.2.2, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015, Logic Pro X 10.3, Garageband 10, Adobe Audition CC 2015

EchoRemover

echoremoverThough you can generally control any sort of background noise that can be removed with AudioDenoise, like a fan or A/C unit, sometimes you can’t get around filming in a location that has hardwood or tile floors, and nothing on the walls or ceiling to help damper echo and reverb.

Even a small room without anything to dampen the reverb and echo can cause audio headaches. EchoRemover, also just $99 via FxFactory, is a good option to use to remove the problems in your sound.

With Hellevator, once again I easily dropped the plugin onto my timeline, opened it via the Inspector, clicked the ‘Remove Echo’ button, and then adjusted the 3 sliders to help remove the reverb and echo: Strength, Release and Bass Reduction. Not happy with the results? Simply hit the Reset button and start over again.

Here are the results (with the hiss also removed):

The tech specs for EchoRemover:

  • Editing Platform: Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Logic Pro X, Garageband, Adobe Audition
  • Hardware requirements: Mac with Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better, 2GB RAM
  • OS requirements: macOS v10.11 or better
  • Supported codecs: All codecs supported by Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Supported resolutions: All resolutions supported by Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Software requirements (minimum): Final Cut Pro X 10.2.2, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015, Logic Pro X 10.3, Garageband 10, Adobe Audition CC 2015

Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5, because you pay $99 per plugin, and they’re a bit one-note. Find them at CrumplePop’s site.

About Heath McKnight 18 Articles
Former Editor-in-Chief and Writer at doddleNEWS, from April 2012 to December 2017. Heath helped grow doddleNEWS into an industry-leading filmmaking news, reviews, and education site. He's been a news editor and writer for over 15 years, and a producer/director/editor in film and video for over 24 years. He's written for TopTenREVIEWS, Digital Media Net, Videomaker, MovieMaker, MacWorld, and other sites and magazines.

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