[Ardour-Users] Plugin help

jh at brainiac.com jh at brainiac.com
Thu Dec 24 08:03:56 PST 2009

> On Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 7:09 AM, Ralf Mardorf
> <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> wrote:
>> Thomas Vecchione wrote:
>>> Restoration and Noise Removal is one area Linux lacks in
>>> significantly.
>> IMO restoration and noise removal is something that is uninteresting for
>> audio engineering.
> I would STRONGLY disagree.
> I DO agree with your premise we should concentrate on noise
> prevention, however I am not always working with recordings I make.

I'll jump in here because I've done a project using some pre-recorded
tracks, including a couple that were taken off vinyl.

There isn't a LADSPA/LV2 plugin that I know of that does noise removal or
cleanup very well, but that was not an issue for me at all.

That's because I used the very capable gnome wave cleaner (gwc) on the
sound files I had BEFORE I loaded them into Ardour.

Ardour does what it does very well.  I do not expect it to be a front end
to every sort of audio processing I might need to do.  I do a fair amount
of field recording with a digital recorder, then copy the files over to my
studio machine.  While I will often use Ardour to build up the overall
session, I frequently use gwc and audacity for pre-processing the files
before I load them into Ardour.

I've found that between those 2 tools, I'm able to get very good results. 
It doesn't bother me at all that I can't do what I want with a plugin.  As
long as I have the right tool for the job, I'm happy, and I do feel I have
the right tools available in Linux.

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