How the pros reduce noise?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by CFS, Sep 3, 2001.

  1. CFS

    CFS Guest

    Ok so I engineered my first major label record. the single I did is all over MTV yadada they are getting big. The guy who mixed it Michael Patterson did a great job. So i just got a copy of the album and there is a couple of tracks on the record that were so noisey it was unbelievable. The guy had done them on his sound blaster 16 card but they were the only cvopies of the loop so we were using then. I know Michael mixed it at unique but there is no noise floor and some of this stuff was like just so noisey yet the record is perefect you never hear any of it. So what I am wondering is how the hell did he get to where he did? I hate evewr thinking there is some voodoo to making records cause I know there is not but I just heard the completed record for the first time and am kinda blown away.
    Jesse Cannon
  2. Mixerman

    Mixerman Active Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    There are many things that one can do to reduce noise. For starters, you can do allot of noise reduction with some drastic EQ. You won't erradicate the noise, but you can put it in a frequency that is masked by other elements of the mix. Gating can be used effectively, even on a loop to reduce the amount of audible noise.

    Automation can go a long way in dealing with noisy tracks as well.

  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    sometimes I use and expander in certain situations, the other day I had alot of noise floor on a hat, popped an expander on it and done.

    a daw can do wonders with noisy tracks :)
  4. CFS

    CFS Guest

    Yeah I have done all of that before I dunno I think I need to accept there is no voodoo in this. That its just tools I already have and I just need to use em better.

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