Gunshots!

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Arthur.S
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At a recent wedding in a lovely country manor, someone clearly hadn't told the neighbours there was a wedding on. Some kind of shooting going on next door. I know I'm clutching at straws, but is there any noise removal software that will remove something so extreme?
The music on the Brides entrance isn't a problem, as the harpist has offered to record it for me to dub over. The ceremony however has shots going off about half of the way through. :( The Bride is a personal friend of mine, so I'd like to go the extra mile if I can. Heeeeeeelp!

Dave R Smith
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Using adobe audition (not user friendly) or adobe soundbooth (more user friendly - being designed for us video folk) you can highlight a slice of unwanted noise and then apply a filter for it with varying degrees of aggresiveness.
Too much removal can leave a sound akin to talking down a tube.
It can work on buzzing noises, and I assume largely works on pitch, so if it's a bass 'morning major' boom for the guns, you may be in with a chance.

The mentioned adobe software you may have as bundled as part of premiere packages.
If you need freebie software, audacity does lots of sound stuff, but don't know if it's capable of sound removal as described.

Or..1812 Overture in background may enhance.. coat .. fetch.. door.. I'm gone.
P.S. Or a certain record by Roy C IIRC.. really gone this time.

Bob Aldis
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I would have thought at the gunshots loudest point it would cover any other sound. If we cant remove a bit of wind noise I will be amazed if there is any kind of filter solution.
Perhaps some rerecording from the bride and groom and some really skilful sound editing?

Bob Aldis

MAGLINK
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An expander may help as it increases the dynamic range allowing the lower level noises to be gated out, or maybe just editing the gunshots out as they will be very short.

It's a hard one to judge as I would need to hear what the levels of the voice to gunshots are.

rogs
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Problem with sounds like gunshots is that they contain extremely random harmonic content -- they are in essence just bursts of extreme noise - and this makes any effective 'filtering' almost impossible.

You might try using an audio editor to 'invert' the short offending parts of the track, and then add those back to mix with the original, in a multitrack audio editor (Audacity should let you try that, I would think?).
Gary's suggestion of editing out the gunshots might prove more successful, if they're short, but of course 'editing out' in this context will just mean applying serious attenuation for the duration, rather than deletion.
That would simply make you lose sync!!

Duncan Craig
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Shotgun wedding anyone?
I'll get me coat...

MAGLINK
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This is also where waveform editing can assist as you can see the peak for the bang and then hopefully reduce it or edit it out altogether.

Dave R Smith
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Duncan Craig wrote:
Shotgun wedding anyone?
I'll get me coat...

See post 2.
Ya gotta be quicker on the draw;) .

Arthur.S
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Thanks to all for the replies. (Even the Roy C suggestion Dave :D Remember it well). I'll try to get a sample up to listen to. In fairness, neither the bride or groom has even mentioned this. I think they were so wrapped up in the day, they didn't notice it - and the human ear has a marvelous way of zoning these things out.