Remove Background Noise From Your Kitchen & Bath Design Process

If, like many people, your home now doubles as your office, you’ve probably had to deal with the issue of background noise. Everything is nice and quiet until you jump on a conference call with your new client, start a zoom call with your team, click the video button to begin recording a presentation or open up a Clubhouse room to network with peers or potential clients. Then, a fire truck goes by your house with horns blaring, the kids start arguing over who gets the last cookie, the UPS guy rings the bell or the dog grabs a squeaky toy and goes to town with it.

As we enter a week of KBIS/IBS events, where many of us are planning multiple daily meetings, along with booth tours and networking, creating a noise-free environment can be even more daunting. Blocking out a quiet hour is a lot easier than blocking out a full day of quiet for non-stop meetings, and this is particularly true if you share your home with others who are doing remote work or remote schooling, or if you have attention-needy pets (in my house, the arrival of the mail, which never comes at a predictable time, sets off a three-dog alarm!).

The good news is that new innovations in technology continue to up their game at providing solutions to these work-from-home challenges, with free or inexpensive software programs that can mute background noises or even allow you to edit them out of recorded videos, podcasts or presentations.

Here are a few worth checking out:

    • Available for both Windows and Mac, Krisp offers a free version (which allows you to mute microphone or speaker noise for up to 120 minutes a week), an unlimited minutes version for $5 a month and a team version for $5 per person per month (which comes with expanded benefits like centralized operation and priority support). All versions support 80+ communication apps including Zoom, Teams, Meet, etc.
    • If you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated, Movavi offers its Movavi Video Editor Plus software, available for Windows and Mac, which removes background noise from audio or video recordings, along with a host of other features. The company offers a free seven-day trial, with several lifetime pricing programs that allow everything from video and photo editing to converting files and creating slide shows.
    • Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editing program that accepts almost any audio file type and has a noise removal tool. Developed by a group of volunteers, this open-source multi-track audio editor and recorder works with Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

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