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Harry Katz
Achieving Audio Consistency Between Several Clips
on Aug 25, 2016 at 4:36:54 pm

I have four clips, totaling about 1.5 minutes, which were shot in different locations with different accoustics and mikes so each clip has a different audio quality. Is there any way to achieve more audio consistency so that they don't sound so different from one another?


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Oliver Peters
Re: Achieving Audio Consistency Between Several Clips
on Aug 25, 2016 at 7:07:14 pm

Assuming they aren't radically different in terms of background noise or distance from the mic, then EQ and volume should get you pretty close.

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Joe Marler
Re: Achieving Audio Consistency Between Several Clips
on Aug 25, 2016 at 10:15:34 pm

[Harry Katz] "different locations with different accoustics and mikes so each clip has a different audio quality. Is there any way to achieve more audio consistency so that they don't sound so different from one another"

It is expensive but iZotope RX5 Advanced can match ambience and EQ between different clips, especially useful in ADR:

https://www.izotope.com/en/community/blog/tips-tutorials/2015/10/room-tone-...
https://www.izotope.com/en/community/blog/tips-tutorials/2015/02/how-to-mat...


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Bret Williams
Re: Achieving Audio Consistency Between Several Clips
on Aug 25, 2016 at 10:32:33 pm

I would turn on the background noise removal, lightly. Then get the levels as close as possible. After that a little EQ. Within the clips themselves you can use a compressor to better level out the volume, but that doesn't sound like the issue.

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Patrick Donegan
Re: Achieving Audio Consistency Between Several Clips
on Aug 28, 2016 at 1:49:45 am

I am a fan of Larry Jordan:

https://larryjordan.com/articles/fcpx-match-audio/

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Harry Katz
Re: Achieving Audio Consistency Between Several Clips
on Aug 29, 2016 at 3:56:32 pm

Yes, so am I... didn't think about searching his website for this... thanks.


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Simon Billington
Re: Achieving Audio Consistency Between Several Clips
on Aug 31, 2016 at 1:58:19 pm

Yeah the match eq will go some way to helping.

I'm not a fan of the Apple Noise Reduction algorithms, I think thats one of the few things that was pulled from Logic, but hadn't been updated since Logic was owned by Emagic. At least, thats the impression I get.

I opt to use 3rd party tools for noise management, RX Adv if its hardcore, or some of the tools from Waves like the NS1, WNS or W43. Thats assuming noise is an issue. Best to treat it before applying Match EQ for better results.

Match EQ will get you pretty close in most cases, but in cases when it doesn't you may want to consider additional eq and possibly very light compression for dynamic control. Generally speaking, the more distant a source is the less dynamics it has. So to balance the difference in distances a touch of compression may be required on the closest mic source.

For very transparent dynamic control I find Vocal Riderto be quite effective.

A touch of reverb or an impulse response of an open air location may also be necessary to put on the closer signals to help match its proximity. You can take advantage of Space Designer for that, try to find the closest space for your purpose.


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