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Jon Zanone
Restoring audio...
on Oct 11, 2005 at 12:06:48 pm

A client recently brought in some historical oral histories on cassette tape to transfer to CD. They were recorded in the 1970's, and what I had was at least 2d generation - my guess is I was further from the source than that. Here's what I did -

Using Sound Forge, I reduced the ambient noise using noise reduction. I then added compression using the default 2:1 ratio, then normalized everything to -1db.

The audio sounded pretty good, but since I'm more a video editor than an audio person, I'm wondering if there were some things I should've done differently. Did the workflow make sense? Should I have reduced the noise AFTER compression / normalizing (which I just thought of - caffiene is a funny thing...)?

I guessing I'll see more of this stuff. Looking for comments and suggestions!

Jon


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Ty Ford
Re: Restoring audio...
on Oct 13, 2005 at 2:11:51 am

There is no one recipe. You do what works for each situation, or within each minute of each situation.

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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