Balancing Voices One Channel

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by TomBrooklyn, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. TomBrooklyn

    TomBrooklyn Guest

    Situation: Mono casette tape of 4 guys talking. Recording was made on cheap tabletop recorder. Two of the four people recorded with inadequate volume.

    Goal: to re-record analog onto another casette or digitally via a computer with SoundBlaster in some way to make the low level voices of adequate volume to hear while attenuating the other voices that become too loud when the volume is turned way up.

    Ideas please.
  2. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
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    dynamic range compression - this will help as long as you don't have multiple voices talking at once that you're trying to balance.
  3. If you're just looking to even out the levels, yeah, running the track into a leveler (to turn up the track) and then capping it with a dynamic range compressor will tend to even out the valleys and stop the peaks (valleys = low spots, peaks = high spots) this will, however, make the track sound very "close" and awkward to listen to. This can be partially solved by adding a small expander to the track after the compressor, and then eq'ing the track to suit. If noise floor is a problem, before the track is leveled or compressed run it through a noise remover such as the one that comes with Wavelabs or any good recording software.

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