Tweaking and polishing live recordings

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Member Since: Jan 27, 2010

My band has just done a series of live shows in Vietnam/Cambodia and we recorded each one on various devices ranging from video cameras to dedicated sound recording devices. All of them were 'room' recordings, i.e. not recording outputs from a desk.

I'd like to collate a 'best of' these recordings. Can anyone suggest hints and tips for polishing up these types of recordings that have a lot of ambient noise etc., to make them sound better?



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MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Jan 29, 2010 08:44 am

No formula - You need to do what each mix needs you to do. Generally a mix of restorative processing and 'unusual and/or radical' dynamics.

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Jan 29, 2010 01:22 pm

I don't know if this is a no no but I've done it...

On the vid camera captures you could double the .wav in your DAW, do a high pass on one and a low on the other. Treat one for low end and the other for high end then mix to taste. I even added a third to treat for midrange.

Basically it was 3 takes of the exact same .wav from the vidcam.

1st take = Rolled off everything above 500Hz and tweaked to get the low end boom/pump and low mids.

2nd track = Rolled of everything under 500Hz and everything above 4000Khz then tweaked for mids and mid highs.

3rd track = Rolled off everything under 4000Khz and tweaked for attack, crack and shimmer.

Each song was of course EQ'd differently after they were layed out (as MM said, do what the mix needs) but it gave me a little control (3 band EQ basically) and produced a listenable mix. If the vidcam was clipping, just don't bother and use the footage for something else.

The ambient noise may be reduced somewhat on the lower freq tracks allowing you to add some power to the mix but still keep that live feel as it will stille come through the mids and highs.

Is this ridiculous? anyone?

Since: Jan 27, 2010

Jan 30, 2010 05:00 am

This sounds entirely plausible - what you're describing is really just what MM said, but doing it in more manageable chunks. I'll give it a try, thanks!

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