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"clean" up voice recording?
« on: October 28, 2011, 09:59:40 AM »
very similar to the "grandpa" thread a few post down but I didn't want to hijack that thread ;)

a friend recommended me to a client of hers to do some some audio work.  she recorded/interviewed her 95 yo neighbor (life/family history type stuff).  he died last week and she needs me to transfer and put it all to disc to give to his family.  there are spots where his voice is a bit distorted/overloaded etc.  nothing too bad, sounds like wind noise sort of.  I told her there may not be much I can do and she is ok with that.  but since she's paying me I want to at least try to clean it up ;)

here is a short sample

http://www.sendspace.com/file/4v1b8r

I use wavelab 6 so I have the built in VST plugins as well as Anwida EQ and Izotope Ozone 4.  I've used the EQ some and feel comfortable with it.  as far as izotope all I've used it for is to dither ;)  edit:  I forgot I also have izotope RX as well.
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Re: "clean" up voice recording?
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2011, 11:51:14 AM »
I edit voice recordings for a living. I can't access the file you up loaded as I'm at work and fire-walled. But, I can tell you we use Isotope RX, and the WAVES restoration plug-ins (ParaEQ 10 and L1 & L2) to make voice recordings sound good. A little compression and a DeEsser are also very useful. The pro voice talent can keep their voices at the same level for a good long while, but most people have big fluctuations in the volume as they speak. DeEsser help with sibilance.
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Re: "clean" up voice recording?
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2011, 11:56:54 AM »
thanks!  I'll look into those.  problem isn't levels per say.  there were four files about an hour each.  the first one she held the recorder farther from him causing his voice to be lower than hers.  I fixed that easy by raising gain on his stuff.  the last three recordings she put the recorder/mic right up to him so it tends to overload just a bit here and there.  played around with a few things already and haven't been able to help it much.
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Re: "clean" up voice recording?
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2011, 12:02:48 PM »
Try the DeEsser in WaveLab? You can set it up to do frequency dependent compression. So, If you can use a RTA to get the frequency of the distorted audio, you can set the DeEsser to clamp down on it. If done right, it's a very useful tool. The DeEsser in WaveLab 6 should work for this.
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