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I have some birdsong I need to isolate from the road noise.

I was going to try audacity, but I read a few people saying it is no longer good.  

Any suggestions?  
 
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Audacity is still my go-to, and if you want to give it a try, it is fast to try out.

Open up your recording, and select a portion of the audio that has just road noise - then Effect -> Noise Reduction -> Get Noise Profile.

Next, select all of the audio (Ctrl+A will do it quickly if you want) and go to Effect -> Noise Reduction -> OK (in the bottom right of the Noise Reduction window).

Give the audio a listen and see if it works for your needs! You can play around with different parameters in that window if it's still noisy, but the defaults there have always worked for me.
 
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I reviewed the issue, having read it before and being... mildly concerned. It seems quite overblown, but if you're worried about your privacy to that level then I doubt you will find many software solutions that suit your needs. Audacity is probably still the best.

https://www.engadget.com/audacity-data-collection-privacy-policy-muse-group-145857557.html
 
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Hi r ranson,

One of my day jobs is audio engineering.  I can probably remove the traffic noise with the software tools I have. PM me and we will work something out.
 
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Audacity is hard to beat.
 
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Eric Hanson wrote:Audacity is hard to beat.



Have you tried Izotope RX9?
 
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I'll bet Izotope is great software. I expect to get something great if I'm paying 300-1000 dollars for it. I didn't know about it until now, so I'm happy to have another recommendation in my library.

Audacity is great software too! It's also free and open-source.
 
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L. Johnson wrote:I'll bet Izotope is great software. I expect to get something great if I'm paying 300-1000 dollars for it. I didn't know about it until now, so I'm happy to have another recommendation in my library.

Audacity is great software too! It's also free and open-source.



Yeah, I like Audacity a lot and use it nearly every day .  I love it's ability to zoom right in to a single sample.  If you're interested, Sonic Visualiser is also very interesting along with the Airwindows huge range of open source VSTs.
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