Tired of ambient noise in the background of your fire rap flow, or pedestrian sounds that make your sung vocals sound flat and muffled? You might not always have a professional studio at your disposal to get those quality takes, and even if you do, inspiration can strike in the most unlikely of places – like a noisy café or park. That’s where background noise removal tools come in handy. No need for multiple re-recordings – one tap is all it takes to clean up your audio!

BandLab offers two such tools: the well-loved Denoise, and the recently introduced Voice Cleaner, available as a beta feature under BandLab Membership. Curious how they stack up against each other? Let’s dive into the details and see which one fits your needs best.

What is Denoise?

Denoise is exactly what it sounds like – a straightforward tool that cleans up unwanted noise from your recordings. Using a reliable algorithm, it quickly eliminates noise from recorded audio – resulting in more professional-sounding recordings. This tool is most effective at removing steady, unvarying noises like electrical hum, or the buzz from fluorescent lighting.

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Check out unprocessed vocals before using Denoise:

Here’s how it sounds with Denoise applied:

You’ll notice this background noise removal tool has its limits. For instance, it’s less effective against dynamic noise that’s more varying and unpredictable, like bird sounds or traffic noise. It may also fall short with a more complex mix, like a recording with multiple instruments. In this case, complex instrumental textures may be mistaken as noise, leading to the accidental removal of important parts of your recording. 

What is Voice Cleaner?

In contrast, Voice Cleaner utilizes AI technology to remove all types of background noise from your vocal recordings with precision. This is especially handy for vocalists who need high-quality recordings that are crisp and clear, no matter where they are. This tool was specifically designed to eliminate all sounds apart from vocals, both constant or dynamic. Peep this quick guide to see how to use Voice Cleaner effectively.

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Hear these vocals again in their unprocessed form:

Take another listen with Voice Cleaner applied:

Just remember, since Voice Cleaner was designed for vocals and not instrumental audio, it might not be the best fit for certain projects that involve a mix of vocals and other audio elements.

Which background noise removal tool should you choose?

Choosing the right background noise removal tool depends on your specific needs. Consider the typical recording environments you work in, the type of audio you most frequently deal with, and whether vocal isolation or broad noise reduction is more crucial for your projects.

Go for Denoise if:

  • You need a free cleanup tool to reduce stationary background noise
  • You’re dealing with a simple arrangement with fewer instruments

Pick Voice Cleaner if:

  • Your focus is on achieving high-quality, noise-free vocal recordings
  • You want the freedom to record in environments with significant background noise, and still achieve precise vocal isolation

To sum up, Denoise is perfect for simple audio cleanups, while Voice Cleaner shines when it comes to achieving crisp, high-quality vocals. Denoise is free to use in Studio, and accessible to anyone with a BandLab account. Voice Cleaner is a beta tool available with a BandLab Membership, alongside a full suite of creation tools, artists services, and platform perks. Curious about Voice Cleaner? Test it out with a 3-day free Membership trial and level up your vocal recording experience!