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Member Since: Jun 29, 2004

I was laying tracks down all week. I was mostly improvising and got some great stuff. Here is the problem. I had the levels too low. When I try to drive the volume up to the point where I can master at a reasonable volume level, I have tons of ambient noise. The music is great but the recording is getting washed out in static etc. Is there anyway to scrub up these tracks. If I hadn't been improvising I'd just rerecord but I can't seem to duplicate my inspiration. Any help would be great.


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Nothing doesnt give me gas
Since: May 25, 2004

Jul 23, 2004 02:20 pm

The Sony (Sonic Foundry) noise Reduction is the best I have heard. The artifacty additions are very very minimal. Dunno if there is demo versions or not, but it works very well, especially for volumes that had to be pumped up more thsan usual.

Since: Jul 10, 2004

Jul 23, 2004 03:02 pm

Your tracks are buried in the noise floor of your recording. I think you would be best served recording the tracks over and getting your levels right to begin with. Pray for inspiration.
It would be interesting to know if that could be fully corrected with software. I'm thinking probably not. The noise floor of analog tape is one thing, but the noise floor of digital is a very, very scary place for an innocent audio signal to be anywhere near. Ever heard a 8 bit recording. Naaasty. Thats what you have if your audio signal is so low you hear the noise floor when you boost it.

Since: Apr 13, 2004

Jul 23, 2004 04:09 pm

just duplicate the track. or add subtle effects

Since: Jan 18, 2003

Jul 23, 2004 07:50 pm

if i were you i'd learn the rhythm parts and re-record them. for those inspired parts, i'd try to reduce the noise, which may introduce digital artifacts, then maximize the track volume, and then mangle the sound a bit more, even, with some odd effects. make it sound like you are intentionally playing a damaged instrument by trying to bring out the "musical" parts of the noise.

at least, that's what i would do. if your song were an industrial song. even if not, though, it might be an interesting touch.

Since: Jan 12, 2004

Jul 23, 2004 08:25 pm

On a similar note..I'd opt to fix what you have on the basis sonic quality and perfection in recording in no way makes up for guff!

What I mean here is: You have the perfect take. Keep it and try to fix it if possible.

I just had to piece together a whole song (BIG HUGE DOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!) as I deleted all the parts from it (its the Dukes song). Cause I had all the parts I had to piece em back into the song. Easy..NOT - with 4 vocals + 3 harmonies, 4 guitars, 2 solos, 4 samples and all the rest of it!

Point I am making is - no way was I startin from scratch..toyed with the idea but alas - thats no the way to do it.

Go for it, and with some luck, a few good plug ins and some patience..you can maybes fix what yi have.

If no, as Forty says, you will have some form of "unique" sound :-)

All the best


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