Crumplepop by Boris FX is an effects bundle for audio cleaning and restoration. It has various plugins that content creators, music producers, video creators, and podcasters can use to get cleaner and noise-free sound. One of those plugins is Audio Denoise, which is a tool designed to tackle unwanted noises in audio recordings.
So, let’s dive deep into the plugin and discuss all the details so you can assess for yourself if this plugin is suitable for your workflow or not.
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No doubt, the plugin has a clear and straightforward interface that opens with labels and instructions about what each control and parameter does. You can turn off that information by clicking on “i” button.
As you can see, it has input and output volume sliders and a strength control. The ‘strength’ knob decides the intensity of noise reduction you want to apply to your audio. There’s also an on/off switch at the top-right of its window by which you can bypass the effect.
Then, there are multi-band controls (Low, Mid, and High knobs) that control the intensity of noise reduction applied on different bands/ranges of frequencies. Lastly, you can also save and load different presets and reset the settings on the plugin. However, Audio Denoise doesn’t come with any factory presets to help you get started.
What I really like about the plugin is its intuitive design that makes its operation easy, even for those who may have limited knowledge about audio, like content creators, podcasters, video editors, etc. I got familiar with the plugin and controls in less than a minute. Further, the labels are also helpful in informing about the controls, so you don’t need to open a manual separately. Besides, there are fewer controls, which makes its workflow even simpler.
Sonically, it does a good job of identifying and reducing background noise overall. However, I felt it is easy to overdo things with this plugin, and it also takes out original information in the audio, which is not noisy. But that’s where the low, mid, and high controls come in handy. That gives you more control to make precise adjustments.
Its strong point, however, is vocals. I suggest this plugin, especially for podcasters. It does a solid job of removing noises like air conditioners or distant traffic, allowing your voice to take center stage. It does a decent job for camera audio and location sounds that consist of wind sounds, gusts, hums, and other distractions.
I wasn’t very impressed with how the plugin handles hiss and crackle noise, though, unless EQ’ed well. Also, be careful with the strength control, as there’s a risk of removing the original audio information. It’s important to know that sweet spot while using that.
Overall, I quite like how it “magically” makes the background noise disappear with minimal artifacts. However, you may need a more advanced plugin for more extreme situations. Of course, it’s not perfect, but the plugin is still very solid.
- Advanced AI-powered noise reduction
The plugin harnesses an effective artificial intelligence algorithm designed to remove background noise, hum, hiss, and other unwanted sounds from various styles of audio recordings, including studio dubbing, phone recordings, and location sounds. Moreover, it reduces the need for manual noise removal in post-production, saving you valuable time and effort.
- Intuitive user interface
Audio Denoise offers a user-friendly interface with just six easy-to-understand controls in a single window, making it accessible for both novice and experienced users.
- Preserves audio integrity
Denoise’s algorithm ensures that the original quality and clarity of vocals, instruments, and other audio elements are maintained, even after noise reduction, which many plugins struggle with. However, Denoise AI is impressive that way, at least with mild noise, if not heavy noise.
- Seamless integration
This plugin is compatible with most DAWs on Mac and Windows and works seamlessly with popular audio and video editing software platforms such as Adobe Audition, Pro Tools, GarageBand, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and more, enhancing workflow efficiency.
Pros & Cons
Audio Denoise’s simple GUI and ease of use are the plugin’s biggest pros. Even those not used to audio plugins can find their way around this tool. Next, it works really well with low-noise profiles and is excellent with noise floors of -55 dB or less. It’s also satisfactory with gentle hiss, open window noise, phone/radio recordings, and other soft noises.
However, where it falters are the extreme situations where it starts introducing artifacts. Another con is the lack of factory presets. Further, its trial version has an annoying beep sound that keeps playing in the background, interrupting the workflow and not letting you assess properly. Introducing a single-day trial instead of that beeping sound would be better.
Compatibility & Installation
You need the Crumplepop app by Boris FX, which will let you download the Denoise plugin. Denoise AI is compatible with hosts that support AAX, AU, and VST3 plugin formats in both Mac and Windows operating systems.
Overall, CrumplePop Audio Denoise AI stands out as a versatile and user-friendly tool for noise reduction in audio recordings. While it may not offer the same level of customization as more advanced audio editing software, its intuitive interface, and powerful AI capabilities make it an invaluable asset for content creators seeking to enhance audio quality with minimal effort.
Whether tackling subtle background hums or intrusive wind interference, this plugin delivers consistent results, making it a valuable addition to any audio production toolkit. I hope this article was helpful. Thank you for reading.
Shaurya Bhatia, is an Indian Music Producer, Composer, Rapper & Performer, who goes by the stage name MC SNUB, and is also 1/2 of the Indian pop music duo, called “babyface”. A certified Audio Engineer & Music Producer, and a practicing musician & rapper for more than 6 years, Shaurya has worked on projects of various genres and has also been a teaching faculty at Spin Gurus DJ Academy.