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how do I treat this horrible audio signal?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by dax, Feb 9, 2003.

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  1. dax

    dax Guest

    I went to a show in New Orleans a couple of months ago. I went to record a band I admire very much (Deadboy and the Elephantmen).com. I had my akg C3000, and a video camara. Well on the way down there my mic got busted up with half of my luggage. So I just recorded the show with the camcorder's mic. Well I knew It wasn't going to be good, but I didnt know it would be this bad either. So I'm feeding this signal out of my cam right now , and into Nuendo. I got it running into line-in on my soundcard, and the wave looks kinda like an extremly compressed distored guitar. On the other hand it doesnt sound as bad as it looks. It still keep some of the original dynamics of this guys great voice. So I guess my question is, do you guys know of anyplug-ins or tricks to help this signal out a little?
  2. The problem here is that videocameras have pretty agressive compression and limiting built in to give the highest average signal when sources range from quiet to LOUD!.
    Mix in the fact a camera mounted mic picks up motor and handling noise and you pretty much end up with a dog's breakfast.
    There's not much you can do to restore an already compressed and limited signal.
    That's why most pros except those doing news gathering work skip the camera's audio section entirely and record sound on something else.
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I read responses from Bill Roberts in The Mastering Forum where he states he can restore overly compressed waveforms. I am going to move this thread over to the Mastering Forum so Bill can deal with this for you.... Fats
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