Apologies if this has been asked before. I'm designing around voice tracks, some of them recorded in studio and some with a portable recorder on location (talent's house). I find it hard to strike a pleasing balance between the location recordings and my designed sound.
For starters, the drop-ins/outs are so obvious. But besides that, my main concern is that there's already so much background and room noise in the recordings that adding sound design just muddies the mix — and then, if I add music or sound beneath the voices, I need to compress them. That of course brings up the background noise even more.
I've used X-Noise to kill a bit of the ambient noise, but as you'll well know, it doesn't sound very natural and too much of it just makes everything sound like a 28.8kbps Skype chat.
Do you have any tips? If I could turn back time, I'd ensure everything got recorded in studio save for small segments of location. This, by the way, is for a radio/podcast documentary.