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how much hiss can be fixed?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by hithere, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. hithere

    hithere Active Member

    hey guys I have been working on a particular project for a long time now, and some of the stuff being recorded at home, 2 of the more acoustic songs have a good amount of hiss.

    while I was at the studio the engineer really wanted me to try and retract the guitars with a better signal, but no matter what I can't seem to capture the same vibe as the originals with hiss.

    He did seem to be screwing with some plugins that seemed to take out a good amount of the hiss, and also it seemed cutting the highs really helped, to be honest it could be classified as an indie/mid-fi record, and I don't really have a problem of those guitars being kinda washed out in favor of the hiss that comes from a pronounced high end.

    can these tracks be saved?
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    I once cleaned up a friend's audio from an interview capture of his that had a lot of electrical interference and/or preamp hiss, which I am guessing is the sound you described. I used an EQ to roll off the highs from 8000Hz at 48dB/oct. Did a pretty good job of eliminating the hiss, it became barely audible, the voices were affected little if at all. Then again, that was voice and this is guitar. The bottom line is that there is no bottom line. If it sounds good then it is good.
  3. Imaginaryday

    Imaginaryday Active Member

    post a clip and make sure you have part of it with just hiss then your guitar.


    Hi, I'm new to this forum.

    I've had a bit of a similar problem before.

    I found my magic bullet.

    Izotope RX. This is the abolute best audio clean up software around. Worked absolutely wonderfully for me.

  5. Imaginaryday

    Imaginaryday Active Member

    i too own izotope rx and find it to be very good at what it does. the trick is not to get carried away with it as it is easily abused. the secret is to know how much hiss can be removed before your track starts to sound like it's coming from under water.
  6. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    I took a look at the izotope rx. If the demo on that site is 50% true to live then that's one amazing plug!
  7. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Another plugin to look at that I have and use for tape hiss and LP scratch duplication is SoundSoap....
  8. Some hiss could be coming from the preamps set too hot, or the room itself. Try soundproofing around he mic more. Good mikes pick up everything. 4 future tracking try converting a closet or something into a vocal booth for guitar. Or build a booth with wood. Nails. Glue , and foam.
  9. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Hiss is picked up more by an omni than a cardioid?
    Maybe if you have like, a bunch of snakes or angry women in your tracking room.

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