I'm looking for a way to convincingly manipulate a studio recording to sound like it's on location - for a radio piece. There are two interlocutors, and while their parts are being recorded separately, they will both be placed in this other context.
The voice tracks are being recorded in an iso studio with a broadcast console and Rode Broadcaster mics (large diagphragm cardioid condenser). The destination is a beachside scene overlooking the Pacific ocean in Sydney - an outdoor sculpture festival.
Aside from the predictable attendant background sounds (waves, gulls, wind and passersby), I was curious if anyone had some tried and true techniques for making the thing sound more authentically 'outside'. Here's what I'm thinking as a starting point:
• High-pass the voice tracks to reflect the thinner sound of a reporter's mic (and proximity effect)
• Add a barely perceptible amount of ambience
• Record some handling/wind noise and duck the voice tracks once or twice when this is inserted
• Maybe band-pass the location recordings and sum them to mono
What do you think? I'm somewhat uncertain of the last two ideas - am I labouring the point? Is it possible that it could just be a very nicely recorded location piece with quality microphones (including stereo for atmos)?
Thanks in advance for your ideas!