On 11/10/03, sam stephenson wrote:
> We have a modest budget for software to help clean up the sound. It's
> been recommended that we buy WaveLab to do this, but I'm not sure we
> need something that sophisticated in the short run. None of us are
> engineers or technicians and we won't be doing any real restoration
> work until all content is identified. Hearing spoken words more
> clearly would be very helpful. We need something that is user-friendly
> and relatively affordable and that does not require a steep learning
> curve. I'd like your thoughts and opinions for which software programs
> you might recommend for this purpose. Is a Mac any better or easier to
> use for digital audio work than a PC?
Most people find Macs to be less trouble than Windows.
As for making dim spoken word easier to understand, I have had good
results with a real time compressor plugin. Contrary to what one might
expect, these can emphasize the initial attack on a sound, and they are
widely used to clarify percussion tracks.
You could add some equalisation too (a boost in the 1-2KHz region), but
I find the compressor is more effective for "dim" spoken word.
I used a beta version of new software for the Amiga platform, but almost
any good multitrack recording software will have similar plugins.
See here for a good explanation of compression
Note that this is compression of the sound levels, and is completely
different from compression of the data file as in an MP3 file.
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