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Hey Everyone,

I accidentally messed up two days of location audio, by my FP-33 being set to Mic Level on its outputs, instead of Line. I know that my signal to noise is now completely ruined, but is there any way to salvage any of those recordings or should I tell the director that we have to do that stuff over?

  • Go ahead and upload a short snippet, if possible. Otherwise we can't be of any help. – Cat Feb 14 '13 at 8:36
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In situations like this, I run the dialogue out into Analog and boost it up with an analogue preamp and then back into Pro Tools - but that's usually the mix.

YMMV on digital plug-ins for that gain staging, but I have had the most success on "unusable" low recordings by boosting it in the analogue domain as opposed to in the digital realm. In my experience, noise reduction plug-ins seem to work better this way, once the signal is boosted, so that there is more "resolution" of the waveform.

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Depending how bad the noise is you can try using RX to denoise it. It's not ideal, but you may be able to salvage something from it!

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the only way to know will be to load up some of the recordings and have a dialogue editor or mixer check them, after cranking gain to get them ot a useable level... Were you recording to a 24bit recorder?

  • Yeah, I was recording into an H4N, with .wav files, in 48K/24 Bit. – Ruben Jan 31 '13 at 5:16
  • All of the H4n's input's are Mic Level though. – Stephen Saldanha Feb 28 '13 at 8:02

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