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You know how presidents stride manfully up to a platform in the East Room of the White House and make important addresses to the nation? Well, the East Room is nice, but it really sucks as a recording venue.
Several weeks ago, I accepted a job from an instructional media developer in Mumbai, India. He said that he had 2.5 hours of recording that needed to have background noise removed. He even provided a brief sample clip of audio. Easy peasy. I bit.
My neighbor brought me a favorite CD — hoping that I could make it sound better. It turned out to be an old symphony performance that had been transferred, in some unknowable past, from a 78 rpm vinyl record. The loud parts were distorted by clipping. Ahh, here was a challenge.
Modern technology has made it possible to manipulate sound recordings in ways that were not possible just a few years ago. But now, listeners expect to hear better than simple cut-and-paste to remove gaps, stammers and word-whiskers.
It’s a poor recordist who persistently offers that, “they’ll fix it in post.” Nonetheless, a talented post-production engineer with a strong tool kit can “do magic on demand and miracles by grace.” Here are some of the advanced tools in my kit.