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Need some ideas on fixing a bad recording

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by scott thomas, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. scott thomas

    scott thomas Active Member

    Hi All, I filmed a wedding on the weekend with new unfamiliar equipment (shure fp wireless) The gain on the camera was very low and the recording doesn't sound very good at all. I have adobe Audition could anyone recommend tools and settings to fix enhance the below link (300kb's) sample.

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    Thanks for any help in advance.
    Scott
    http://www.STcinematography.com.au
     
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Sorry but I can't help but peel that you are out ob luck.

    You can try using Izotope's Ozone. Regardless of cleaning software, there are going to be some artifacts. I was able to shave off a good portion of the distortion using the included noise removal in Samplitude which is quite good. Still, the distortion is really bad. In fact the signal would be fine if it weren't clipped so badly. I would have settled for less signal. What did you use to record this?
     
  3. scott thomas

    scott thomas Active Member

    Shure fp

    I Recorded it with my new shure wireless eng kit Shure FP125/83SM58-G5 | Performance Audio Was the first time I used it. It ran straight into the cameras XLR input but the gain was turned right down to 1 out of ten. Seems strange to me that it distorted the sound so badly. Thanks for your suggestions the only audio software I have access to is Audition :( Anyone else have any thoughts? scott http://www.stcinematography.com.au
     
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    You can try the noise reduction in Audition. I tried with no success but my version of Audition is very old(3.01). Their algorithms may have improved.
     
  5. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Izotope RX 2 trial will run without limitations for 10 days.
     
  6. scott thomas

    scott thomas Active Member

    Thanks I'll download and try. The out put gain on the receiver was turned up to maximum and the camera gain was on minimum. This might have been where my poor sound quality come from! Is it best to have output gain on the receiver down low and use the pre amp in the camera? Thanks Scott http://www.stcinematography.com.au
     
  7. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Ideally you would want to get some sort of level before you start taping. I try for unity gain wherever possible and I would have turned down the output of the mic before the camera if needed. Your settings would have been just fine on a guitar amp but not when you want clear dialogue. Sometimes it's better to get audio on a separate machine. One that allows you to monitor levels. You can then sync the audio after the fact. You just need to make sure that the camera and audio are set to record at the same frame rate. I believe that is 25fps in Australia.
     
  8. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    without knowing other details, this sounds like your culprit, in that your gain staging was pretty out of whack; if you have one stage turned up to max and another at minimum, this certainly isn't what would be considered to be unity gain...
     
  9. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Izotope Ozone is a mastering tool, it could be used before the final product, but as Hueseph said Izotope RX is one of the best tool to get rid of noises, clips claps etc...
    I'd start there.
     

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