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Remove reverberation from audio in Final Cut Pro X with Unveil from Zynaptiq

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We have to give a big thank you to Larry Jordan for spotting this one. Make sure you have Hoovered the carpet in the office this morning as that's where your jaws will be after watching and more importantly listening to the demos.

We love to be amazed by technology and that's exactly what happened this today when we found out about a couple of Audio Unit plugins from Zynaptiq. 

Final Cut Pro X has built in audio enhancements that can be toggled on to fix problematic audio automatically. Issues such as hum or removing excessive level changes can be sorted out quickly.

But what if the Director brings into the edit suite an important interview that was accidentally recorded on the camera mic, or have you got a piece to camera that was recorded in a very noisy environment? Without having to use the canoe position metaphor, there wasn't really anything you could do about it apart from reshooting.

So what exactly is Unveil? It's an audio plugin for DAWs, but as it supports 64 bit Audio Units, it will also work (complete with custom GUI) in FCPX. Audio Units (AU) are an Apple OSX system level plugin architecture powered by Core Audio.

'UNVEIL is a real-time plug-in that allows attenuating or boosting reverb components within a mixed signal of any channel count, including mono. It utilizes state-of-the-art artificial intelligence technology to recognize reverb and other perceptively insignificant components and then uses this knowledge to de-mix/separate those components from the signal. If that sounds like science fiction to you...well, "science" is correct. "Rocket science", to be precise.'

Enough of the science, let's get on to seeing the plugin in action. We recommend that you use high quality audio monitoring to watch these videos, headphones might be even better.

We will start with the Zynaptiq demo video, it's not running in FCPX but it does show the plugin removing reverb and ambient noise best.

 

Next up is Larry using the plugin within FCPX, spin through to about 1:33 to get to the demo.

 

Both videos are pretty amazing. Unfortunately so is the price! A licence of Unveil from Zynaptiq will set you back $399, which is a whole $100 more than FCPX itself! Then again the pain and cost of having to go and record a CEO of a company another time is a lot higher. Good job Zynaptiq offer a 20 minute timebombed free trial so you can try it out on your problematic audio first.

The other product Zynaptic offer at the moment is called Pitchmap. We have no idea if it would be of any benefit within FCPX as it is targeted at musicians and remixers. 

The video is so cool we though we would post it up anyway!

 

 


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