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josef brett
smoothing distortion?
on Apr 22, 2005 at 6:39:12 pm

I recently recorded some sound for a student short film, but have found since importing it that it is distorted. I am confused as to why this was, because the levels when I was recording the sound were set very low. At the time I was concerned about the sound distorting, because I could hear it in the head phones (so I just kept turning the lebvels down, til it was barely audible), but it is still distorted. Like I say the levels aren't anywhere near clipping level, but still on particular parts (the dialogue of one of our actress') sound 'screechy'. Could this have been a broken mic even? Is there anything that can be done to ease this in post. Can anything clever be done with EQ's. I know there's probably not much-but anything to tone it down slightly will help. Just for information it was recorded on a Senheisser gun mic (not sure which model exactly), through a Sony PD170.

Thank you, Josef Brett


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Ty Ford
Re: smoothing distortion?
on Apr 24, 2005 at 10:04:36 pm

Were you sending line level to a mic level input?

Regards,

Ty Ford


Ty Ford's "Audio Bootcamp Field Guide" was written for video people who want better audio. Find out more at http://www.tyford.com


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josef brett
Re: smoothing distortion?
on Apr 25, 2005 at 9:58:24 am

sorry I'm not 100% sure what you mean. The way it was set up was that the control for the mic input we were using was set to about 2 or 3 out of ten (although the PD 170's don't actually have a number gauge-just a stupid solid bar). Thats why the actually audio in waveform sits very low-but is still squared off in places as if it has been clipped. Sorry if thats no further help, but I can make a more useful reply when I understand what you mean! Thanks, Joe


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Ty Ford
Re: smoothing distortion?
on Apr 30, 2005 at 2:04:50 am

A more complete explanation of the problem and the solution is in my little book.

Regards,

Ty Ford



Ty Ford's "Audio Bootcamp Field Guide" was written for video people who want better audio. Find out more at http://www.tyford.com


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