Removing RF interference from a cell phone from audio recording

I made the mistake of putting my Wireless Go II mic transmitter in the same pocket as my iPhone for a recent video recording, and as a result, I had a lot of RF interference in the recorded track.

Thinking I could just use the nice feature of the Wireless Go II's built-in recording, I grabbed the track off the body pack itself—but found that it, too, had the RFI sound, meaning the iPhone's interference made it into the mic circuit itself, not just the wireless mic signal to my camera!

I tried Final Cut Pro's built-in voice isolation, and that helped mute the noise between speech, but during speech it was omnipresent.

I also tried accusonus' denoise plugin (RIP after accusonus was bought out by Meta), and it did better, but left the sound feeling 'watery'.

Finally, after a bunch of research, I found iZotope RX 10, which is a standalone audio editor meant for deep processing of recorded audio. Their online example impressed me enough to give the Trial a shot, so I loaded up my audio and played around with the Denoise plugin:

Denoise in iZotope Audio Editor

Miraculously, I was able to get my speech to not sound watery or muddy, and remove about 95% of that background RFI.

I know Nvidia has their new speech processing AI, and Adobe I think is also in that game, but I like tools that are built more for high-fidelity tweaking and noise processing rather than full-on speech synthesis / re-production like those AI tools do (though they are quite impressive regardless!).

I am always happy to pay for software that solves major problems, though it would be cool to explore options in the open source arena. In this case, one difficulty was there weren't many silent portions with the RFI that I could sample to remove it from the speech portions—if there were, I may have been able to mangle this together with some open source editors.

But all's well that ends well. I am quite impressed with how much you can clean up a bad audio recording these days.


Good to see software that can handle this. I used to have all sorts of problems with single sideband audio from my ham radio getting into everything audio based in my computer, even at the 1 watt output level. I do plan on getting on that again soon and will probably need something that works with Windows or Linux though as I'm not wanting to spend a bunch of money to get back into the Mac sphere again.

Is there a chance that you can provide a before and after sample of your two sound files? I have a lot of sound with this exact problem, where a lot os that same sound from my alternate mic has also been severely disturbed by critters oversteering my shotgun mic.