50% of video is audio, so it’s clear that having good audio is essential to creating a great video. But the reality is that a lot of the content that we shoot nowadays is either run and gun or remote, which can lend itself to a host of different audio issues. What if you’re not able to get your mic close to your subject?

What if your subject doesn’t have a good mic at all to begin with? What if there’s background noise just ruining your audio? In the following YouTube video, Agorapulse’s lead video producer, Nathaniel Harper, reviews a few AI tools, which can be used to either enhance or create audio for your videos.

Transcription: Four AI Tools for Audio

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1. Adobe Podcast

So the first tool I want to talk about is Adobe Podcast. Now if you’re at all involved in multimedia production or anything like that, I’m sure you’ve heard of Adobe Podcast. It made a lot of waves when Adobe announced it and I tested it a few months ago and I’ll be honest, I was not a believer. If you don’t know what Adobe Podcast is, it’s essentially a vocal enhancer.

You throw in your audio clip into their beta AI audio generated wizardry, and it will, in theory, enhance your voice, make it sound like you’re recording in a podcast studio, whether or not you were recording on a city sidewalk or somewhere completely unrelated where you didn’t have good control over your audio.

Now, Adobe is taking the next step. They’re launching an entire suite based on Adobe podcast. Vocal enhancer is just going to be one small part of the new Adobe audio suite. Now I’m using a $600 microphone right now, but I’m going to test it out on this clip right now. And you can see what my voice sounds like.

This is running through the Adobe audio enhancer. I’m interested to see how it’s going to do because this is already almost a podcast like situation. This is a mic that could be used for podcasting. So I’m interested to see how it’s going to do with my voice. The real gem of a use case within the Vocal Enhancer in the Adobe Podcast suite is to use it on remotely recorded clips.

If somebody’s talking into a headset or a microphone that isn’t the best or maybe talking to a webcam. We’ve seen really strong results coming from that. It does actually do a great job and the AI technology allows you to sound as if you’re recording with a much more expensive microphone than you were.

And, yeah, I’m going to be honest, the results still are varying. Sometimes, it’s great. Sometimes, it doesn’t work so well. Another downside is there’s absolutely no fine tuning at all at this point. It’s literally just drag and drop. You can’t change any settings. It’s completely up to the whim of the AI algorithm.

The key here, again, is to use remotely recorded audio. That’s where I find Adobe Podcast shines the brightest.

2. Dolby.io’s Vocal Enhancer

But the big, less talked about, more mature, older brother of Adobe Podcast Vocal Enhancer is Dolby.io’s vocal enhancer. If you know even a single iota about audio, you’ll know that Dolby is an industry leader in the space.

I was more than excited when they released their audio AI enhancer to try it out on some of my clips, see how it does. In my opinion, at this point, I would take it pretty much any day over Adobe Podcast. You can make changes to your audio, which is super cool It’s not crazy changes, but you can actually set presets.

You can say, “Hey, I’m recording this video for an interview, I’m recording this video and I want to remove the background noise, I want to enhance my audio.”

At the moment, it’s free. It’s considered part of their demo program. So you can just use it as much as you want within their upload limits. But the biggest thing here is I’m sure it’ll become like everything else in the Dolby suite in which it is going to become a pay per use system, if I had to guess.

I’m going to apply it to my voice right now. And now I’m talking with the Dolby.io vocal enhancer. And it sounds great, it sounds buttery smooth. The other thing that’s great about Dolby.io is it’s just fantastic for removing background noise. Silky smooth, love it, thank you, Dolby.

3. Krisp AI

But I hear what you’re saying, “Nathaniel, what are we gonna do if our subject just does not have a good mic? Or their setup in their room just allows for a lot of background noise or echo or something like that? I have the solution for you. You gotta check out Krisp AI. It’s a live, real time vocal enhancer that will remove background noises from any calls or recordings that you’re doing.

The biggest downside of Krisp is that it doesn’t yet at work with some of the leading players in the remote video recording space, stuff like Riverside, StreamYard. So yeah, this is going to be particularly useful if you’re stuck recording on something like Zoom or Google Meet or something like that, because it will provide an extra layer of security for yourself knowing that it’s going to be filtering out the background noises in advance for you, so you don’t have to worry about that as much.

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4. Eleven Labs

The last tool I want to give a shout out to is Eleven Labs. If you don’t know yet, Eleven Labs is an industry leading vocal recreation software. You can create your own AI voiceover from scratch, which sounds incredibly realistic. Not robotic at all. Very, very smooth, velvety. There’s a lot of stuff you can do to adjust the tone of the voice, the cadence, and everything, which is so, so cool.

And hey, it works great with vocal recreation, too. You can even have your favorite CMO say awesome stuff about you. “Hey. folks. Darryl Praill here. I just wanted to say how amazing Nathaniel Harper is, I mean, he deserves a
raise, doesn’t he?”

So, yes, definitely check out Eleven Labs. I can see this being valuable. If you are a small team, you can’t afford a voiceover artist,
you have to create a lot of voiceovers in a short amount of time, Eleven Labs is the way to go. Super affordable, really remarkably affordable for how great a tool it is and how powerful it is. Definitely one of my favorite AI tools.

In Conclusion

There you have it. There are my top AI tools for enhancing the audio in your video.Yeah, there’s a ton of vocal recreation out there, but I feel like AI audio is just not a super crowded space at the moment. I feel like there’s a lot of opportunity for maybe a new tool to come in and just blow everyone away with how well it can enhance your audio, remove your background noise, and you’re good to go.
So let me know down in the comments what AI tools you are using for audio. I’d love to hear from you. Don’t forget to subscribe. Stick around. We got lots of industry experts coming to you all the time, talking about AI, talking about GTM, talking about social media management, talking about agencies. Check it out. Stay tuned. Thanks so much for watching

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