Is it possible to convert a mp4 file to mp3 or flac, clearing background noises in the process?

Or is it possible to run audacity totally trough shell, No GUI?

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    Why kind of noise are we talking of? White noise or random people chatting in the background or bangs, scratch or cough noises in a classical music concert recording... How would you identify that noise with audacity? Feb 22, 2018 at 9:53
  • Class room noises. A bit of chit chat, a bit of paper noises. And the truth is I don't know yet. It is a bit new to me.
    – matisa
    Feb 22, 2018 at 9:56
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    Is it a stereo recording? Please add the extra information to you question by clicking the edit link Feb 22, 2018 at 10:15
  • Some of the file will be stereo others not.
    – matisa
    Feb 22, 2018 at 10:17

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If the background noise has some repetitive structure to it, you can remove it with the noiseprof and noisered effects of sox, see e.g. this script. Relevant bits repeated for convenience:

# Create background noise profile from mp3
/usr/bin/sox noise.mp3 -n noiseprof noise.prof

# Remove noise from mp3 using profile
/usr/bin/sox input.mp3 output.mp3 noisered noise.prof 0.21

Audacity currently has experimental scripting support.

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