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Ben Thoume
Two Lavalier Microphones - One very quiet
on Jul 10, 2019 at 3:45:52 pm

Hi,

I recorded two people speaking into two separate lavalier microphones, one person speak very quiet (person A) and the other speaks very loud (person B) so when gaining the volume on person A, person B is picked up a lot in that channel making person B's audio sound really echoey and tinny.


Any fixes in premiere pro?

Thanks in advanced


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Jeff Pulera
Re: Two Lavalier Microphones - One very quiet
on Jul 10, 2019 at 4:13:07 pm

Assuming the two mics are on the L and R channels of stereo track from camcorder?

If so, do this - copy and paste the audio clip to another track, so you have two copies of the same audio clip on timeline, lined up above one another. Now apply FILL LEFT to one, and FILL RIGHT to the other.

Now one audio track has Person A on both channels and the other is Person B.

Next step is adjust the volume up for quiet person to desired level. You can do this since you have isolated that person on their own clip.

Last step is to get out the Razor tool and alternately cut pieces out of each track when that person is NOT speaking, keeping only parts where they are featured speaker. SOLO the track when doing this so you don't hear both at once.

Apply Audio Cross Fades at cuts to avoid pops in the audio. Or once you have all the cutting done, push all parts to same track, with Cross Fades applied between cuts. With all clips butted together on same track, you can use the Ripple Edit tool, with CTRL held down, to make fine adjustments to the cut point between clips, then add Fades. If A and B talk over one another at times, then two tracks makes more sense to get the needed overlap. Either way, whatever works for you. Have been doing this for years.





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Jeff Pulera
Safe Harbor Computers


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Jeff Pulera
Re: Two Lavalier Microphones - One very quiet
on Jul 10, 2019 at 4:13:37 pm

Assuming the two mics are on the L and R channels of stereo track from camcorder?

If so, do this - copy and paste the audio clip to another track, so you have two copies of the same audio clip on timeline, lined up above one another. Now apply FILL LEFT to one, and FILL RIGHT to the other.

Now one audio track has Person A on both channels and the other is Person B.

Next step is adjust the volume up for quiet person to desired level. You can do this since you have isolated that person on their own clip.

Last step is to get out the Razor tool and alternately cut pieces out of each track when that person is NOT speaking, keeping only parts where they are featured speaker. SOLO the track when doing this so you don't hear both at once.

Apply Audio Cross Fades at cuts to avoid pops in the audio. Or once you have all the cutting done, push all parts to same track, with Cross Fades applied between cuts. With all clips butted together on same track, you can use the Ripple Edit tool, with CTRL held down, to make fine adjustments to the cut point between clips, then add Fades. If A and B talk over one another at times, then two tracks makes more sense to get the needed overlap. Either way, whatever works for you. Have been doing this for years.





Optional -







Thanks

Jeff Pulera
Safe Harbor Computers


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Jeff Pulera
Re: Two Lavalier Microphones - One very quiet
on Jul 10, 2019 at 4:18:47 pm

Also - even if you didn't have the volume issues between the two lavs, still a good idea to duplicate tracks and fill left/fill right so that when you export the deliverable, the speakers are not still isolated to their own left or right channel/speaker. I have seen that in online clips and it sounds horrible when audio alternates between left and right speakers. You want both speakers (talkers) centered in the mix. Meaning you would not necessarily need to cut out parts of either track if both sounded good, but simply separate them and use FILL on each and you can also keyframe volume levels as needed between them, without cutting anything out. Many ways to accomplish the end goal.

Thanks

Jeff Pulera
Safe Harbor Computers


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