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, 2013 at 8:36

3 Answers 3


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.


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!


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, 2013 at 5:16
  • All of the H4n's input's are Mic Level though. Feb 28, 2013 at 8:02

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