Detect and delete silence
When working with separate tracks of several remote guests on a podcast or talk show it is essential to delete "silent" parts of the track when someone isn't talking. Sometimes these parts are not silent at all (because of a lot of background noise or leaking audio from headphones), but that makes it even more important to have them removed.
I would like Hindi to be able to identify and insert breakpoints around these sections automatically and remove them upon request. That would make my life soooo much easier.
We have been looking at how we can implement “delete silence” in Hindenburg. I think we should be able to come up with a solution for that in the near future.
We have been working on some other features that touch the same area, with out latest Beta feature called “Magic Levels”.
It’s a non destructive way of applying Side Chain Gate – so that mixing multiple recordings become very easy.
No the same, I know – be it might help out in the situations where you are looking to reduce Bleed or Noisefloor.
Duane Bean commented
Please, please add this feature or at least post a list of compatible silence remover plugins.
For example, is https://aescripts.com/silence-remover/ compatible. It's $50 as of this writing. Could you please test a trial version (free) for compatibility?
Also, where's the documentation for "magic levels"? Can't find it in the user guide.
Thanks for listening!
Sad to say that I won't be renewing my annual license unless this feature is added. It's been "Under Review" for 7 years??? Truncate Silence is a must have for editing a podcast especially one with multiple guests.
Just adding one more voice that is saying the same as those who have posted before me: I use Ferrite to strip silence. I have Hindenberg Journo to fine edit, but would definitely upgrade to Pro if this feature was included.
Randy Walker commented
Having this feature (like in Ferrite from Wooji Juice for iPad: https://www.wooji-juice.com/products/ferrite/tutorials#h3-editing-strip-silence-and-tighten-audio) would greatly improve my editing efficiency in Hindenburg. Please add this!
Jesse McCune commented
To add to this, Magic Levels just isn't an adequate replacement for strip silence. It misses the mark quite frequently. I spend too much time fixing its results.
With the transcription feature, it is even more important to have a strip silence function since the transcription is so, so sensitive. Not only does it transcribe bleed when people record in the same room, it actually transcribes my wife who is in the next room with the door closed. Her audio is not even audible at normal listening volume. This makes the transcript a mess until all of that is removed.
Elsewhere & Beyond commented
To add my voice to this thread (considering it was recently commented on this year).
During the pandemic it's becoming increasingly important for participants of my podcasts to record from their own homes and for them to then send their stem files to me for editing.
I work with projects and discussions that last for up to 3 hours and that need to be tightened down to a neat 40 to 80 minutes. I adore all of the ease and simplicity of Hindenburg, but I'm heartbroken the one feature I need the most is missing.
Professionally, strip silence is the ultimate way to isolate non-essential content easily without having to slice and cut at every silence to create separate regions. A task that can take multiple days of work, depending on the number of participants.
Once this feature is added I can finally invest in Hindenburg and move away from using Logic Pro, but until then it's too severe of a feature to be missing.
Cochino Chingon commented
this is the one feature/reason I master in HJP and edit in Ferrite on iPad. Ferrite has a strip silence AND a "tighten" feature to strip and shorten silence separately.
Same here. Main usecase: podcast post-production. When working with long multi-track editing, especially with remote guests, the most time I spend in Hindenburg is to separate speaks. My current workflow is to use ferrite or audacity, use the strip silence function there, export and edit in Hindenburg. Sometimes I just stay in Ferrite to speed things up...
I own Hindenburg Pro, but the reason I won’t use it as a primary editor is lack of a strip silence feature. This is a big limitation for podcast editing, and I hope it’s added soon.
Richard Gunther commented
This is the definitive feature that prevents me from switching from Audacity (which I'd love to leave behind me). The trick on this is that is also needs to work with linked tracks, so that it's only deleting segments where it finds silence across all the linked tracks. Add this, and I'm in!
Seth Johnson commented
Magic Levels seems like a great addition but I feel that it misses the mark on the requested feature. Specifically when doing double ender recordings you will run into issues with audio drift. Even with the same recording settings differences in CPU timing will lead to audio separating over longer periods of time. I've had some recordings get to be 2-3 seconds off toward the end.
It also is not forgiving when it comes to latency and having to edit around those types of issues. I end up spending more time tweaking than anything else.
There are some situations where Magic Levels would be amazing to use and I imagine those users are very satisfied with the result. However in my workflow, I really just need to clear out the regions where people arent talking and adjust the audio tracks from there. Someone earlier mentioned Ferrite (iOS) and they have implemented the exact feature. Here's a video how that looks when editing podcasts. https://sixcolors.com/post/2020/02/video-editing-podcasts-with-ferrite-and-apple-pencil/
That's a great workflow but at the end of the day Hindenburg is still better even if I have to manually edit out the spaces between voices. I've gotten pretty good at it but I'd love to see this feature implemented so I can edit faster.
I've been trialling Hindenburg Journalist, to compare it against my current workflow using Ferrite on iOS. I like the features of Hindenburg but without strip silence it is not going to be able to replace Ferrite for me. I hope you come up with a solution.
The only reason I need to work outside Hindenburg for spoken word is to use ProTools to strip silence. It's such an excellent piece of software and a real delight to use. But the lack of this essential feature really is a nuisance, to put it mildly - particularly with field recordings. Doing it manually in Hindy is way too time-consuming, so I'm begging you, folks - please put strip silence (with auto-fades for newly-separated clips) at the top of the To-Do list!
Looking forward to a solution. Thanks for the status update.
Chris Fernandez-Packham commented
I really wish this feature was in Hindenberg. It is the one thing really holding it back. Currently I have to start in Audacity to do a noise reduction then truncate silence before moving the file into Hindenberg. I'd love to see this in Hindenberg itself!
This is the only reason (I can think of) that I am considering using Logic Pro X. Would love this feature in Hindy!
Any chance this is coming soon to Hindenburg? My current workaround involves importing from Pro Tools, but it's the only reason I'm using Pro Tools, so I'm basically paying an expensive subscription for one feature :/
Bryan Entzminger commented
I would love this, too.
Hi, new to Hindenburg and love it! Can we get this feature so I don't have to spin up Audacity to do it?
Did this end up happening for 2.0?