Everyone has encountered this problem before – you’ve found the perfect place to record a video or a podcast. Everything looks right. Then you start rolling audio and notice – your audio is an echo-y mess. You’ll need a tool to help remove echo.
Luckily there’s a solution to your problem and it’s called CrumplePop EchoRemover 2.
EchoRemover 2 is a plugin for Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, Audition, DaVinci Resolve, Logic Pro X, and GarageBand. It helps remove echo from videos and podcasts. It makes audio that was once unusable sound professional and clear.
The Battle to Remove Echo
Echo is a constant threat in video and audio production. The sound of echo immediately makes a video or podcast sound unprofessional, and it’s distracting for viewers.
Of course, the best way to deal with reverb is to avoid it when you’re recording. Choosing a location can make a big difference – if you’re near a bare wall, moving even a few feet away can help remove echo.
And, as always, proximity to the microphone is key. If the mic is far away from the speaker – for instance, if you’re using a RØDE Videomic or similar on-camera mic – you might find yourself capturing more of a live room sound than you want.
The problem is that often you can’t fully control the environment you’re recording in. Installing soundproofing and rearranging your furniture might not be something you want to tackle, when you just want to record a nice-sounding screencast.
And for those of us who do professional audio and video work for clients – well, we can’t exactly tell the client to go re-shoot (as glorious as that would be). So, very often we need to take material that was recorded with echo and make it sound good.
Here are some tips that will help you remove this distracting reverb noise from your projects.
What Are EchoRemover 2’s Controls?
Ok, so you’ve got EchoRemover 2 installed. Good news: You’ll only need to do that once! Now comes the fun (and easy) part: Using the plugin to remove echo and make your audio shine.
Let’s take a quick look at EchoRemover 2. It’s a fairly simple plugin. There are four dials, a volume output, and an On/Off switch. That’s it.
Here are the controls:
- On/Off Switch – In the upper right corner, there’s a switch that turns the plugin on and off. When the plugin is off, no colors appear. Once you click the switch, the entire plugin comes alive with color.
- Strength Control – In the center of the plugin is a giant knob. This is the Strength Control. This is how you choose how much echo you’d like removed. In most cases, this is the only control you’ll need.
- Waveform – Under the Strength Control knob, there’s a window that shows the waveform. Here you’ll see the amount of processing on your clip. The yellow on the waveform is where echo has been removed. This is an easy way to see which sections of your audio are being affected.
- Presets Controls – You’ll see a disk, downward arrow, reset, and i buttons. The disk is for saving presets. The downward arrow is for loading presets. Reset is for erasing your settings and starting over. The i button is will show you an explanation of each of the tools.
- Advanced Strength Controls – Near the bottom of the plugin there are three dials. These are your Advanced Strength Controls. You use these to fine-tune how the low, mid, and high frequencies are being targeted for echo removal.
- Level Meter – On the right of the plugin, there is a Level Meter. This will help you see the decibel level of your audio clip.
- Output Control – On the left of the plugin, you’ll see an Output Meter. This is the spot to make any adjustments to your volume level. If you noticed your audio levels were either too low or too high on the Level Meter, use this to dial in the volume.
How Do You Use EchoRemover 2 to Remove Echo?
Now that you know EchoRemover 2’s controls, how do you use them? It’s simple. With a few steps, EchoRemover 2 will help you quickly remove echo from your audio.
If you need help finding EchoRemover 2 check out our “Where Do I Find and Apply EchoRemover 2?” section below.
First, you’ll need to turn on the plugin. Click the On/Off switch in the upper right corner and you’ll see the entire plugin light up. Now you’re ready to get rid of echo.
The first thing you’ll notice is the big knob in the center of the plugin. That’s the Strength control. You’ll likely only need this control to reduce reverb and clean up your audio.
The Strength Control starts at 80%, which is a great place to start. Listen to your audio. How do you like the sound? Has it reduced the echo enough? If not, keep increasing the Strength Control until you’re happy with the results.
Maybe you’d love to keep some of the qualities of the original recording. Or you want to bring some clarity to the voice. This is where the Advanced Strength Controls come into play.
The Advanced Strength Controls help dial in how much echo is removed from the low, mid, and high frequencies.
If you’re not happy with the vocal quality or want to keep some of the echo dynamics, lower your Strength Control. EchoRemover 2 lets you chose how much echo you want to be left in your audio.
In many situations, it might help to lower the low and mid controls to keep a nice sounding voice recording.
Often it helps to adjust the three Advanced Strength Controls to get the right color and then use the Strength Control to help remove more or less echo.
Once you’re happy with your results, you can save them as presets to use at a later time or to send to collaborators. Just click the save button, choose a name and location for your preset and that’s it.
To import a preset all, all you need to do is click on the downward arrow button to the right of the save button. Select your preset from the window and the plugin will automatically adjust to your saved settings.
And, as is the case with any audio work, you’ll get better results if you wear headphones. If you don’t, you’ll be missing out on many of the lower frequencies that aren’t handled well by the built-in laptop or computer speakers.
What Are Some Suggested Workflows?
The folks at Vidguru have been using EchoRemover 2 for their documentary and podcast post-production work, in a number of different settings and production environments. They’ve found some clever ways to use the Advanced Strength Controls.
They suggest starting with the Advanced Strength Controls by placing the high control at 100, reducing the low control to somewhere between 25 and 50, and keeping the mid control around 50.
After adjusting the Advanced Strength Controls, they then focused on Strength Control. They start at the default 80% and move the strength up until they find a spot where they’ve reduced the echo-y feedback.
This allowed them to keep their vocal quality crips and clear while removing background echo.
What are the Advantages of Using EchoRemover 2?
EchoRemover 2 helps you clean up problem areas with echo and reverb in your audio, leaving you with a professional sounding production that’s bound to impress. Why might an editor want to check out EchoRemover 2?
- Quick and Easy Professional Audio – Not an audio professional? No problem. Make your audio sound professional with a few quick and easy steps.
- Works inside your favorite NLEs – EchoRemover 2 works with Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, Audition, Logic Pro X and GarageBand.
- Save Precious Editing Time – Editing is often a race against time. Everyone has had to deal with a tight timeline. EchoRemover 2 helps save time and lets you get back to what really matters.
- Used by Professionals – CrumplePop has been around for 11 years and is a trusted name in the world of post-production plugins. Companies like the BBC, Dreamworks, Fox, CNN, CBS, and MTV have used CrumplePop plugins.
- Sharable Presets – Whether you’re working in Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Audition, you can share EchoRemover 2 presets between the two. Working on a project in Premiere but doing finishing touches in Resolve? You can share EchoRemover 2 presets between them.
Where Do I Find and Apply EchoRemover 2?
You’ve downloaded EchoRemover 2, so now what? Well, the first thing you’ll want to do is find EchoRemover 2 inside your NLE of choice.
EchoRemover in Adobe Premiere Pro
You’ll notice that EchoRemover 2 doesn’t appear immediately upon installation. Don’t worry. The plugin is installed but if you’re using Adobe Premiere, there is one small extra hoop to jump through before you can use it.
First, you’ll need to use Premiere’s Audio Plug-in Manager. You’ll find the plug-in manager by going to Preferences and selecting Audio. Then, scroll down and click on the Audio Plug-in Manager button.
Once the window opens, you’ll see a list with all of the audio plugins installed on your computer. You’ll need to click Scan for Plug-ins. After that, scroll down to CrumplePop EchoRemover 2. Make sure it’s enabled. Click ok and you’re ready to go.
You can also find the Audio Plug-in Manager in the Project Panel. Click on the three bars next to the Effects Panel. You can select the Audio Plug-in Manager from the drop-down menu.
You’ll find EchoRemover 2 in Audio Effects in the AU folder under CrumplePop.
If you’d rather just search for it, you can also find EchoRemover 2 by using the search function in the Effects panel.
After selecting the clip you’d like to add the effect to, double click on EchoRemover 2 or grab the plugin and drop it onto your clip.
Then go up to the Effects Control in the top left corner. You’ll see fx CrumplePop EchoRemover 2, click on the big Edit button and the EchoRemover 2 UI will appear. Now you’re ready to remove echo in Premiere Pro.
It sounds a lot more complicated than it is! As you can see in the video above, it just takes a few seconds.
EchoRemover in Final Cut Pro X
The situation is quite a bit simpler in Final Cut. After opening Final Cut Pro X, open the effects tab by clicking on the Effects button in the right corner of the timeline. Once you have the effects tab open, scroll down to Audio Effects and click on CrumplePop. There you will find CrumplePop EchoRemover 2.
You can also find EchoRemover 2 by using the search function in the Effects tab.
Ok, time to remove some echo!
Grab EchoRemover 2 and drag it onto your clip or select your clip and double click on EchoRemover 2.
Then go up to the Inspector Window in the upper right corner. Click on the speaker icon to bring up the Audio Inspector window. There you’ll see EchoRemover 2 with a box to the right of it. Click on the box to show the Advanced Effects Editor UI and you’re ready to start reducing echo in FCPX.
EchoRemover in Adobe Audition
Much like Premiere, Adobe Audition also requires a few extra steps to install EchoRemover 2.
You’ll have to use Audition’s Audio Plug-in Manager. You’ll find the plug-in manager by going to the Effects menu and selecting the Audio Plug-in Manager. A window will open with a list of the audio plugins you have installed on your computer. Click on the Scan for Plug-ins button. Look for Crumplepop EchoRemover 2. See that it’s enabled and click ok.
EchoRemover 2 is found in the Effects menu under AU and then CrumplePop. You can apply EchoRemover 2 from both the Effects menu and the Effects Rack. Now you can fix the echo in your audio in Audition.
EchoRemover in Logic Pro X
In Logic Pro X, open the Inspector view by clicking the i button in the top left corner. Then go down and open the Audio FX menu. Scroll to Audio Units > CrumplePop and choose EchoRemover 2.
You can also select EchoRemover 2 in the Mixer by going to the Audio FX menu, selecting Audio Units > CrumplePop, and choosing EchoRemover 2. After that, you’ll see the plugin appear and can begin reducing echo in Logic X.
EchoRemover in GarageBand
Once you’re in GarageBand, you’ll want to open Smart Controls by clicking on the knob button in the top left corner. With Track and Controls selected, scroll down to Plug-ins. Select Audio Units > CrumplePop and then choose EchoRemover 2. The plugin will pop up and you’ll be set to remove echo inside GarageBand.
EchoRemover in DaVinci Resolve
To find EchoRemover 2 in DaVinci Resolve go to the Edit Page. Then in the Effects Library open Audio FX and scroll down to CrumplePop EchoRemover 2.
You can also find EchoRemover 2 by using the search function.
If you can’t find EchoRemover 2 after those steps, you’ll need to do a few quick additional steps.
Go to the DaVinci Resolve menu and choose Preferences. Open Audio Plugins. Scroll through Available Plugins, find EchoRemover 2, and make sure it’s enabled. Then hit save.
Drag EchoRemover 2 onto your clip. Then you’ll see EchoRemover 2 in the Inspector Window. Click on the fader icon to the right and EchoRemover 2 will appear.
Note: EchoRemover 2 doesn’t work with the Fairlight Page.
EchoRemover 2 can help save audio that once would have been considered unusable. All it takes is a few easy steps to remove echo and you’ve got audio that is clean, professional, and ready for the big time.