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vuvuzela noiseThe vuvuzela is a cheap plastic horn that’s recently begotten international fame during the football World Cup in South Africa.

Most people agree that a vuvuzela noise mildly irritating – as if there were a mosquito stuck in your ear. Multiplied by the thousands, it produces a deep, hypnotic rumble, straight from the gates of hell.

While not everyone may hold as big a grudge against it, the sound is testing the nerves of many a soccer fan worldwide. FIFA might still decide to ban the instrument in future endeavors, but until then, here’s how to get rid of the vuvuzela noise yourself.

(Optional) Rerouting The Broadcast Audio

For the first and second (and optionally third) method, you’ll need to find a way to route your broadcast audio through your computer. If you’re watching the game on your PC, all the better. Otherwise, look around for one of these: a stereo RCA to a 3.5 mm TRS jack. These can be found in most houses, and go over the counter for a few bucks.

vuvuzela noise

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If you’ve got another method of routing your audio through your computer, have at it. The most important part here is that we turn the TV audio output into a computer input.

1. Devuvuzelator

This little tool was cooked up by Jeff Bargmann from Stardocks, the same guy who was behind Fences. If you manage to run your broadcast audio through your computer, this is probably the simplest tool to remove vuvuzela noise. Simply download and run the app, without a required installation.

vuvuzela noise

You can experiment with certain levels of strength (too weak, and you’re left with vuvuzela ; too strong, and the other audio gets distorted) until you’ve got the most favorable setting.

vuvuzela sound

To hear the filtered audio, double-click on the speaker icon in your taskbar (or use right-click) to open the volume control mixer panel. Look for Microphone or Line In and turn the volume up. It might even be muted to avoid feedback with ‘real’ microphones.

2. LabVIEW Vuvuzela Filter

If the Devuvuzelator doesn’t work (or you want more advanced settings), you can use this alternative Vuvuzela Filter, designed with LabView. On the page, you’ll find a Windows installation that’ll take care of both the runtime environment and the filter. There are also (two) separate downloads available for Mac OS X.

vuvuzela sound

If you know what you’re doing, you can adjust the number (and frequency) of harmonics. More harmonics can do a better job of removing the Vuvuzela noise, if your system can handle the strain. If you don’t hear anything, again make sure that the microphone volume is turned on, as described above.

3. Using EQ Filters

The german site Surfpoeten first figured out the frequencies that need to be ducked in order to surpress the vuvuzela noise. Both of the above are pre-made EQ filters that make use of this technique. You can, however, simply use a manual EQ filter to make your own. The application you use doesn’t matter. That’s why, although the set-up is easier, you don’t (always) need a computer. A lot of TV’s come packed with EQ options as well!

On Windows, one option is to install VSTHost with the ReaEQ filter. On Mac OS X, Garageband will suffice.

vuvuzela sound

The frequencies you’ll want to duck are 465Hz and 235Hz, both reduced by at least 40dB. You’ll need to see what your computer can handle though. Using most applications, you’ll have to create multiple EQ filters, each with part of the offset (as can be seen in the screenshot above).

Do you think the noise of those vuvuzela’s is motivation enough to hook up your TV to your computer? Let us know what you think, and how these filter tricks fared you!

  1. Yurick
    July 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    So let me get this straight, not only did you read an article about a problem which, because you do not like soccer, you do not have, You then continue to attack those who are here for a legitimate reason?

    Sound pretty arrogant to me.

  2. sb
    July 7, 2010 at 7:36 am

    3ways to filter

  3. NomDeGuerre
    July 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Compare the most popular sport in the world, soccer, with the most popular sport in America, Nascar racing, and then seriously consider which culture has a better grasp on which is the more ridiculous, melodramatic, pointless spectacle.

    If you don't like soccer/football, your taste in sports puts you in a small minority.

  4. SouthernMan
    July 2, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    So then, by your own standard, soccer should be called foot, chest and head-ball. And yes, they do mock American football. The motto of any sport... blah, blah, blah... You're kidding, right? A sporting event has one goal in mind... to win. Any other mindset sends you to the loser's locker room. Me, I love football, just not soccer. It's not my game.

    BTW, all the wishing by soccer fans in the US will not make it more popular. If it was going to be, it would have been when the World Cup was here and the Pro Soccer League was forced on us by FIFA for the "opportunity" to have it here.

  5. DivineXtacy
    July 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    American Arrogance :(......I understand you not feeling the passion;but please don't demean the game..The rest of the world can mock about Am.football saying that they use hand and they call it football;but do they do that?The motto of any sport is to feel a sense of unity towards all human kind;so stop being all bitchy about something.If you don't like football,you have the option to switch off your TV or watch something else :)
    *Please take some time and appreciate the guy who wrote this post.

  6. DivineXtacy
    July 2, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    American Arrogance :(......I understand you not feeling the passion;but please don't demean the game..The rest of the world can mock about Am.football saying that they use hand and they call it football;but do they do that?The motto of any sport is to feel a sense of unity towards all human kind;so stop being all bitchy about something.If you don't like football,you have the option to switch off your TV or watch something else :)
    *Please take some time and appreciate the guy who wrote this post.

    • SouthernMan
      July 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      So then, by your own standard, soccer should be called foot, chest and head-ball. And yes, they do mock American football. The motto of any sport... blah, blah, blah... You're kidding, right? A sporting event has one goal in mind... to win. Any other mindset sends you to the loser's locker room. Me, I love football, just not soccer. It's not my game.

      BTW, all the wishing by soccer fans in the US will not make it more popular. If it was going to be, it would have been when the World Cup was here and the Pro Soccer League was forced on us by FIFA for the "opportunity" to have it here.

    • Yurick
      July 9, 2010 at 10:12 am

      So let me get this straight, not only did you read an article about a problem which, because you do not like soccer, you do not have, You then continue to attack those who are here for a legitimate reason?

      Sound pretty arrogant to me.

  7. Logoseum
    July 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    So that's what that sound is...

  8. Faisal Alquaddoomi
    June 29, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Closed captioning, perhaps?

    • John Kuiters
      July 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

      Closed captioning is exactly my solution also

  9. Guy
    June 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Brilliant ideas! I just turned the sound off, but I would rather be able to hear the commentary as well.

  10. Naykatiolyu
    June 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Amazing and i was starting to get used to this sound but i guess this would be more useful in the final match

  11. Gadgetsage
    June 26, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Forget the zuvaluvawhatever, is there a way to make soccer less boring and retarded?

    • Njuguz
      June 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm

      Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. Stop being close-minded.

    • Mr. Hand
      June 27, 2010 at 12:47 am

      Close-mindedness would be pretending to like something just because it's "popular."

    • Aibek
      June 27, 2010 at 6:58 am

      Huge Popularity means people really like to watch it. And ff something is being watched by many there is no way it's boring.

    • Mr. Hand
      June 29, 2010 at 3:21 am

      Yes, the vuvuzela is a clear indication of an intrigued, and thoroughly entertained audience.

    • Vector150
      July 12, 2010 at 4:44 am

      That doesn't mean that the majority isn't stupid for watching it, popularity doesn't prove anything.

    • Aibek
      July 12, 2010 at 6:44 am

      While popularity isn't a definite indicator it's an important one.

  12. WendyElf
    June 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Excellent! You have inspired me to just buy one of these annoyingly loud sound Vuvuzela things from ebay....... I am going to use it at the primary school I work in to signal 'tidy up time' (putting all the teddies and books away) at the end of playtime!

  13. No Thanks
    June 25, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I like my method better: Just watch something else.

    As if the Vuvuzela weren't bad enough, the ridiculous spectacle of the frequent melodramatic "injuries," coupled with the sheer pointlessness of the entire game (if you can tie a game at zero, then there is absolutely no point in playing it), soccer/football is best when it isn't watched at all.

  14. No Thanks
    June 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I like my method better: Just watch something else.

    As if the Vuvuzela weren't bad enough, the ridiculous spectacle of the frequent melodramatic "injuries," coupled with the sheer pointlessness of the entire game (if you can tie a game at zero, then there is absolutely no point in playing it), soccer/football is best when it isn't watched at all.

    • NomDeGuerre
      July 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm

      Compare the most popular sport in the world, soccer, with the most popular sport in America, Nascar racing, and then seriously consider which culture has a better grasp on which is the more ridiculous, melodramatic, pointless spectacle.

      If you don't like soccer/football, your taste in sports puts you in a small minority.

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