I recently completed a short film that needed a full dialog re-recording. The only space we were able to find was in a musician's studio with a sound booth. It sounds good as voice over, but for natural sounding dialog, I cannot make it sound like it is in the environment.
I need to make it sound as though it is outdoors in a large snowy field, and in a bus. I've always struggled with making any sound feel "outdoors" and can't seem to dial in the right reverb to make the dialog on the bus sound right. The ambiance and SFX outdoors and in the bus sound right, the dialog is the last unnatural sounding element.
Here is a sample of what I'm working with (none of the changes listed below have been applied - these are the raw recordings): http://vcprod.com/testADR.wav
- Cut out much of the low end under 400Hz
- Thinned out a lot of the mids
- Put a low pass filter at 10k
- Added very slight reverb, although it seems echoy when the actors yell.
Specifically, what do you do to make ADR sound natural in its environment, and what suggestions would you have for better dialog re-recording in the future?
Thank you so much!