Remove Background Noise from Audio

Use AI to remove background noise, annihilate unwanted ambient sounds or even music, and enhance recorded voices. All it takes is one click with Descript's Studio Sound effect.

Reduce noise. Elevate audio quality.

Studio Sound is a regenerative audio effect that uses AI to remove noise and echo, then restore and elevate speakers’ voices. It makes flawed recordings sound like they were made in a studio — and it's free in Descript.

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How to remove background noise from audio

Experience the insanely useful magic of Studio Sound on your video and audio clips. 

Step 1

Import your file

Import your file into Descript as a new project. Once it’s imported, it will automatically start transcribing your audio to text.

Step 2

Add Studio Sound

As soon as transcription is complete, you’ll be able to select the video or audio in the timeline. This will open a variety of options in the properties panel. Go to Audio Effects > Studio Sound to toggle the background noise removal effect on or off.

Step 3

Be amazed

Let Studio Sound do its AI thing. After a few seconds, you’ll be able to adjust its intensity and hear the magic at work. Hello, studio-quality audio. Bye bye, background noise.

Reduce noise. Elevate audio quality.

Studio Sound is a regenerative audio effect that uses AI to remove noise and echo, then restore and elevate speakers’ voices. It makes flawed recordings sound like they were made in a studio — and it's free in Descript.

Download the app →

An audio editor that removes ambient noise

Clean audio is the best audio. But recording conditions aren't always perfect, and ambient noise happens. Unlike other tools made for unwanted background noise removal, Studio Sound removes any amount of noise and elevates the quality of your voice.

How Studio Sound works

What’s all this about a “regenerative speech effect?”

Other audio and video editing tools offer noise removal that’s destructive — they strip out the noise, but they take a little of your voice with them, often leaving it sounding tinny, or distant. When we say Studio Sound is regenerative, we mean it strips away the noise and then rebuilds your voice, to make it sound like it should, in a clean recording environment.

How does it do that?

Using a very advanced (but benevolent) kind of artificial intelligence. Descript research scientists (also benevolent) trained a computer model to recognize sounds that distract the human ear from speech — background noise, echo, reverb, and so on. Then they taught it to create those sounds. And then they reversed the process, so it could learn to remove all the sound you don’t want, leaving the stuff you do. That’s a highly simplified version, but the rest is highly proprietary (plus, nobody understands it except the researchers).

Even if I admit that’s kind of cool, why should I care?

Because Studio Sound enables you to record anywhere, on any microphone, and still come out of it with clean, crisp, high-quality audio. It solves one of the most vexing challenges creators face: how to deal with bad audio quality in post-production.

Why should I use your fancy Studio Sound thing?

I’m a trained audio engineer. Because it can save you enormous amounts of time. Rather than spending a half hour carefully scrubbing out background sounds from the voiceover for your podcast or video, you can do it in a single click. Then you can still adjust levels, add EQ, and do all the other things you do to make audio sound amazing. We’re just helping you skip one of the most annoying parts.

My voice sounds slightly unnatural after I apply Studio Sound. Can I fix that?

Yes. In regenerating your voice Studio Sound may leave it sounding a little low (ironically, it may sound more like the voice you hear in your head than the voice you actually emit). The best way to address is this is by using the Studio Sound intensity dial. It’s preset at 100 by default. If you’re voice sounds weird, try reducing the intensity until it sounds normal or the background noise starts to leak in.

How can I use it?

On your podcast, vlog, tutorials, product demos, you name it. If you're an audio or video editor, Studio Sound can speed up your workflow on everything from audio editing to recording to scheduling — no more waiting until you or your guest can be in the perfect recording location.

How do I get Studio Sound?

You can use the tool at the top of this page — but it only works on 5 minutes or less of audio. To use it on audio or a video file of any length, download the Descript app for free. Studio Sound is available on all accounts, even our free account.

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Remove Background Noise

Use AI to remove background noise, annihilate unwanted ambient sounds or even music, and enhance recorded voices. All it takes is one click with Descript's Studio Sound effect.

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How to remove background noise from audio
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Step 1
Import your file

Import your file into Descript as a new project. Once it’s imported, it will automatically start transcribing your audio to text.

Step 2
Add Studio Sound

As soon as transcription is complete, you’ll be able to select the video or audio in the timeline. This will open a variety of options in the properties panel. Go to Audio Effects > Studio Sound to toggle the background noise removal effect on or off.

Step 3
Be amazed

Let Studio Sound do its AI thing. After a few seconds, you’ll be able to adjust its intensity and hear the magic at work. Hello, studio-quality audio. Bye bye, background noise.

Seamless background noise reduction in one-click
Let AI do the audio work for you

With Studio Sound, audio editing couldn’t be easier. It’s an AI-powered, regenerative audio effect that can remove noise, keyboard typing sounds, and echoes, then restore and elevate speakers’ voices.

Instantly remove filler words

The audio enhancements don’t stop there–Descript gives you one-click filler word removal so you can instantly cut out all “um”s, “uh”s, and “like”s. You can also remove or reduce word gaps and awkward silences.

Professional sound, simplified

No more expensive microphones. Take down all the blankets from your windows. Studio Sound works for any audio or video file, on both Mac, Windows, and web browsers.

Questions? We have answers
Where can I remove my background noise?

On your podcast, vlog, tutorials, product demos, you name it. If you're a video or audio editor, use Studio Sound to remove your background noise. Studio Sound can speed up your workflow on everything from audio editing to recording to scheduling — no more waiting until you or your guest can be in the perfect recording location.

What’s all this about a “regenerative speech effect?”

When we say Studio Sound is regenerative, we mean it uses AI to strip away the noise and then rebuild your voice, making it sound like it should, in a clean recording environment. It’s the fastest way to get clean audio for any audio quality.

What’s the benefit of Studio Sound?

Studio Sound enables you to record audio anywhere, on any microphone, and still come out of it with clean, crisp, high-quality audio. It solves one of the most vexing challenges creators face: how to deal with bad audio quality in post-production.

How do I get Studio Sound?

To use Studio Sound on an audio file or video file of any length, download the Descript app for free. Studio Sound is available on all accounts, even our free account.

My voice sounds slightly unnatural after I apply Studio Sound. Can I fix that?

Yes. In regenerating your voice, Studio Sound may leave it sounding a little low. The best way to address this is by using the Studio Sound intensity dial. Its default settings are at 100; if your voice sounds weird, try reducing the intensity until it sounds normal or the background noise starts to leak in.

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    Let AI smooth out jarring cuts and regenerate quiet audio. No more re-recording.
  • Remove filler words
    Remove filler words like "um", "uh", and "like" in one click.
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