Good evening to the Audio Alchemists...
Recorded three subjects, all hard-wired to Sanken COS-11 lavs, into a Fostex FR2LE with a SD 302 in front of it.
Was taken by surprise when one of the subjects presented with a voice like what one might imagine belonged to a 65 year old, chain-smoking, scat-singer---beautiful and wonderfully textured, but requiring a significant boost in gain just to get a healthy signal due to how soft and croaky it was.
Cutting the interview together, the backgrounds are (obviously) dramatically different and jarring when cutting from one subject to the other.
Without access to noise reduction software, is it better to jack up a clip of room tone with gain, and make long, slowly faded heads and tails to Scatman's clips, or use the same boosted room tone to lay underneath the other subjects clips to keep the background noise consistent?
Any production techniques that could have helped me out on location?
Thanks for taking the time to read my query! atheisticmystic