Can't remove sound of email chime

Community Beginner ,
Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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Hello,

 

I'm embarrased to say how long I have been trying to isolate and remove the sound of a Windows notification from a clip. I can't see anything distinguishable in the waveform, so I'm not able to successfully capture any noise print, or apply the Sound Remover. If anyone could give me some guidance I would be grateful.

 

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Dec 15, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

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In waveform view turn on spectral display (shift + D) and see if that helps

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

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I neglected to say that my spectral display is already turned on. This is where I can't distinguish the chime from the other sounds in the scene. Thank you!

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Mentor ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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No Chance.gif

 

Using the spot healing brush tool this is very roughly how you would use it
However, there is no real chance of removing the sound and if you do you will also remove/destroy the speech that is at the same location 

You could look to see id the same words are used elsewhere and copy and past them in to that location

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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Yes, that is what I have definitely found, too. Thank you for the advice!

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Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

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And, for future reference (and to avoid this situation) turn off ALL Windows sounds, especially when doing any serious audio work.  

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 04, 2021 Jan 04, 2021

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You could try the Multiband Compressor and select only the ranges that you want to hear/isolate the email sound and not include that frequency. Just adjust all the frequency ranges you want to hear so that they aren't being otherwise changed by the settings from that effect. Also have you tried turning up the decibel range under the Spectral Displays tab in settings? You can adjust it up to get more detail in the spectral display which might identify areas to spot correct that you previously couldn't see.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 04, 2021 Jan 04, 2021

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The compressor method wouldn't work, I'm afraid - the filters have much too wide a bandwidth for that. But you are right about increasing the spectral resolution. If you do that, you can easily spot at the bottom of the display the straight horizontal lines that make up the 'Windows notify mail' chime, and by using the Marquee selection tool you can select them individually and reduce their amplitude with the HUD. This works quite effectively - certainly well enough for it not to be intrusive. It has to be surgical, though, otherwise you lose a lot of the speech.

 

And because it's a chime that any user has available on a W10 machine, you can have a good look at it to see exactly what you're trying to get rid of. If you really want to get rid of it completely, then iZotope's RX (any version) would do it better, because it can identify the harmonics of each tone for you, and get rid of those too. 

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Jan 04, 2021 Jan 04, 2021

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Thank you! I am going to look into getting iZotope's RX.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 04, 2021 Jan 04, 2021

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Thank you! I will take a look at this. I ended up editing that portion of the audio out.

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