Quick Tips For Removing Wind From Your Audio

I’m sure all editors at some point have come across the same irritating sound when editing audio: the sound of wind! No matter how experienced you may be, or how much you try to avoid picking it up, sometimes it is just inevitable and leaves the editor with the seemingly impossible task of removing it (whilst at the same time keeping other crucial audio, such as dialogue or music, intact).

But fear not! There are simple ways to do so. Here are a few quick tips to help edit out the sound of wind whilst still keeping your desired audio.

Tip 1: If your audio has the low rumbling sound of wind in the background then use a “High Pass” audio filter (may be named slightly differently depending on the editing software) as with this you will be able to remove the wind but keep the other audio. Place this filter over your audio and have a play around with the frequency settings until you are happy with the results.

Tip 2: For Final Cut Pro users, removing the sound of wind may be easier with the use of Soundtrack Pro. If your audio has crackling or popping sounds that happen when the wind hits the recording device, rather than the rumbling sound of wind, then right click on the audio in the timeline and open it in Soundtrack Pro. Save the audio, highlight the problem area, analyse the area for clicks and pops and then press “Fix”. When you press “Save” again this should automatically fix the audio in the timeline and remove the unwanted background noises.

Tip 3: Audacity is also another useful application for editing your audio. In the “Effects Menu” select “Noise Removal” and click the “Get Noise Profile”. Then, open the “Edit Menu” and press “Select” > “All” and “Noise removal”. Now move the “Less”/”More” tab up and down, listening for the perfect place in which the wind is inaudible but still leaves you with what you actually want to hear.

Hopefully, these quick tips can be of some use and can help clean up your audio; but there are many more ways to remove wind and other unwanted sounds from your audio and if you have some other tips then please share yours too!