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Offline alienbobz

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SBD recording help
« on: October 02, 2004, 05:56:16 PM »
I was wondering if I could get some help with a few soundboard recordings. They both have the same basic problem, but the result is different. The vocals on both are very high, but the other stuff (drums, bass, etc) are lower. On one of the recordings, this is fine, but I would like to fix it so it sounds more even. For the second one, there is some drum echo on it. It seems that the drums is the worst amplified on this recording. I am guessing that for both I would need to some equalizing. I have looked at the equalizing process in Soundforge 6.0, but I have no clue where to start. Any help would be great :D.

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Re: SBD recording help
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2004, 02:03:12 PM »
You can't do too much to it.  The reason is that even though it's a soundboard recording, everything has been mixed down to 2 channels (stereo).  Because of this, you can't just lower the vocals or drums, you'd have to lower everything.  I'd recommend trying to use a multi-band software compressor and maybe a leveler if it's too hot.  Also doing some eq'ing would probably help too.  Good luck!
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Re: SBD recording help
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2004, 01:55:02 AM »
yeah, this is the problem with a lot of sbds especially ones in smaller venues.  the stage volume from the amps and drums is loud enuf that they don't have to run much thru the pa, so the pa is mostly vocals...making for really loud vocals and quiet other instruments.  I'd try the compressor, but i don't think theres much you can do.

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Re: SBD recording help
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2004, 09:00:42 PM »
I just remastered a SBD recording for someone. The original had very similar problems to the ones you're having. I use Wavelab 5.0....pretty similar to SF. My main adjustments were EQ. Raising the bass range and slightly raising the mid. I also raised the master levels and applied some stereo expansion. If you want you can check out the end product @

If you like what you hear, I can send you detailed notes on my editing and see what I can do to help. Send me a PM or email @   Hope I can help out in some way.
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Re: SBD recording help
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2004, 09:55:49 PM »
If you have a realtime eq feature on your software (I know my wavelab essential does) you can experiment a little in realtime and see what works.  I have also had some luck messing around with the "karaoake" processing feature.  This uses eq to lower the vocal range.  By doing this you may be able to better ballance the mix, but some recordings are just hopeless.  Compression may help as well but use it sparingly... it can bring a lot of that sbd fuz right up to your ears, but a little may help ballance it out a bit.

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