How to Get Hissing Out of a Recording With Cakewalk

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How to Get Hissing Out of a Recording With Cakewalk
Eliminate background noise with a noise reduction plug-in. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Eliminate background hissing in Cakewalk with a noise reduction plug-in. Depending on the location of your studio, the equipment you use, or the environment you record in, it is difficult to avoid background noise in your recordings. Cakewalk is able to work with third-party noise reduction programs to remove background noise. A noiseprint is created during a portion of the recording where it is the most silent, allowing the noise reduction program to create a signature of the background noise and remove it from the entire track.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cakewalk
  • Noise reduction plug-in

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download and install a noise reduction plug-in. Follow the screen prompts and enter the necessary information when required. Press the "Next" button to continue the installation process and press the "Finish" button to conclude the installation. The program will automatically link with the Cakewalk program.

  2. 2

    Launch Cakewalk. Open the audio track you would like to remove the hiss from. You can do this by clicking, "File," "Open," and then browsing to the file on your computer.

  3. 3

    Press the "Alt" key and click and drag to select the region of time in the track which has the background hiss.

  4. 4

    Right-click to open a pop-up menu and choose the noise reduction program from the "Audio Effects" menu. Click "Capture noiseprint" check box, and then click "Audition." Hit the "Stop" button as soon as the audition is finished. Exit the noise reduction dialogue box.

  5. 5

    Select the entire audio clip by pressing the "Alt" key, clicking at the start of the track and dragging the cursor to the end of the track.

  6. 6

    Navigate once more to the "Audio Effects" menu and open the noise reduction dialogue box. Click "Capture Noiseprint" check box again. Press "OK" to process.

Tips and warnings

  • Take preventive measures to avoid hiss in future recordings by building a soundproof room in your studio. This can be done with egg cartons pasted to the wall or recording foam stapled inside a closet. Always make sure the air-conditioner is off while you record tracks. This can often be the cause of background hissing.

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