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Methods for compressing loud clap peaks?
« on: November 11, 2006, 10:18:49 PM »
I'm sure this has been covered but I just wanted to ask opinions. I have a recording that I wanted to add a couple dB of gain to in post but the right channel has some strong claps. I'm using Sound Forge 7 and I see a Smooth/Enhance option under Process. I'm not sure which function to apply or how to apply it. Anyone able to help?  :)
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Re: Methods for compressing loud clap peaks?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2006, 10:51:48 PM »
use wavehammer. i do a smooth saturation and then you can add a few db of gain after the compression and youre done :)
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Re: Methods for compressing loud clap peaks?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2006, 09:19:44 AM »
The wave hammer has come in pretty handy for a recent acoustic show where the applause was overwhelming.  The flexibilty with the threshold & output levels is nice and makes it difficult to tell that a filter has even been applied between the songs. 

If anyone has any other pointers on this topic, I'd love to hear them.

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Re: Methods for compressing loud clap peaks?
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2006, 11:25:04 AM »
I like the amplify function with envelope. It compresses the center, or the edges and transitions back to normal volume.
Useful for moderating loud "whooping cranes" in the audience.


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Re: Methods for compressing loud clap peaks?
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2006, 07:57:09 PM »
+Ts all around, I appreciate the input.

I'm sure this isn't best practice but I had one or two really powerful claps/hoots in a recording. I played around with highlighting that specific millisecond in that specific channel and I normalized it to -3db. It's not something I would do a ton of but for one or two little trouble spots...hmm.
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Re: Methods for compressing loud clap peaks?
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2006, 10:35:15 PM »
+Ts all around, I appreciate the input.

I'm sure this isn't best practice but I had one or two really powerful claps/hoots in a recording. I played around with highlighting that specific millisecond in that specific channel and I normalized it to -3db. It's not something I would do a ton of but for one or two little trouble spots...hmm.

Can also try compressing those millisecond peaks, that is what I usually do.

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