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Joe Daniels
how to correct old, muffled audio?
on Aug 7, 2010 at 5:21:49 pm

I have old vhs footage (home movies) that the audio (most likely due to time) has become muffled. How can I correct this, or atleast make it sound better?



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Todd Kopriva
Re: how to correct old, muffled audio?
on Aug 7, 2010 at 6:16:23 pm

You certainly wouldn't do this in After Effects.

You'd use Audition or Soundbooth. Here's a link to the Audition and Soundbooth forum:
http://forums.creativecow.net/adobeaudition

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Chris Wright
Re: how to correct old, muffled audio?
on Aug 7, 2010 at 6:17:27 pm

you'll need a good parametric sound program with a very precise equalizer like pro tools or even get by with soundforge, then start raising the mid's 500hz and high's 1k until they sound more human, then use noise removers.

http://technicolorsoftware.hostzi.com/


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Joe Daniels
Re: how to correct old, muffled audio?
on Aug 8, 2010 at 1:24:27 am

thanks for the pointers guys...I will definately check this out. I thought since after effects had "some" audio features, that I could use those. I do have soundbooth, I have just never really used it!



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Dave LaRonde
Re: how to correct old, muffled audio?
on Aug 10, 2010 at 5:29:28 pm

[Joe Daniels] "I have old vhs footage (home movies) that the audio (most likely due to time) has become muffled. How can I correct this, or atleast make it sound better?"

VHS decks have been known to get out of alignment. It could have happened to the audio head on your deck. If you get the heads aligned, you may be surprised by the improvement in audio quality: particularly with higher frequency sounds, the lack of which make audio sound muffled.

Sure, you can mess with an audio program, but if the frequencies aren't there to boost, all you do is increase the noise.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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