Is there a way to remove reverb?

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Member Since: Dec 06, 2005

I've done a pretty moronic thing... When I was recently recording a speaker in a room which has a ton of natural reverb in it, I realized after the fact that her wireless mic had moved from where I had originally placed it.

So the audio I have of her has very little presence to it. Most of what I have is the sound of her voice echoing in the room. It's audible, but not at all what I wanted.

Is there any type of effect I can apply to this to help add more presence/remove the natural reverb to her voice so it's not so wet? I'm doubtful, but still hopeful that there might be something I can do.

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Since: Jan 12, 2004

Jan 04, 2006 02:23 pm

Other than perhaps some delicate EQ, using a shed load of bands and a lot of time, I personally cant think of a quick way of doing this Bootie.

Alas, when its in and it's affected, most often ye are stuck with it...EQ, perhaps someone else will have more ideas...

Good luck


Cone Poker
Since: Apr 07, 2002

Jan 04, 2006 08:05 pm

To the best of my knowledge there is really no way of doing that. I would try eqing it, try to unmuddle the sound a bit, maybe even use a maximizer, but the reverb is still going to be there. Looks as though you're going to have to retrack.

JR Productions
Since: Mar 03, 2005

Jan 04, 2006 09:09 pm

EQs really your only option. What i would do is take a parametric eq, then set the q to 4 or 5, then sweep back and forth through the frequencies (cutting frequencies with the eq) until it seems like you have a better mix of vocal presence to room ambience.

Good luck

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Jan 04, 2006 10:37 pm

Try a reverse reverb and see if they cancel each other out :)

Pa dum dum *crash*

Thank you ladies and germs, I'll be here all week.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jan 04, 2006 11:43 pm

hehehe, actually, that was pretty damn funny, nice one...

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 05, 2006 12:59 am

Tad, that was good indeed. Got a big chuckle outa me and I'm dead tired at the moment.

Ultra Magnus
Since: Nov 13, 2004

Jan 05, 2006 02:43 am

Actually, if the verb is heavier on say the low end and you copy the track, cut out all the high on the new track and invert (not reverse) it then there might be some cancellation, though you'd also end up with less low end. Depends if the verb is heavier in some frequencies than others, and it might take a lot of tinkering to find those frequencies but it might be worth a try, i've had a lot of joy with phase cancellation.

Since: Nov 28, 2005

Jan 05, 2006 12:05 pm

In instances with a highly transient source, like drums, you may experience limited sucess with a gate (with an expander in front of it).

I don't know that eq would do much but muddy the water.

With vocals, I am afraid your only option is retracking.

Maybe try tracking in a walk-in closet full of clothes or hanging some blankets on boom stands around the mic.

Add verb in the mix (I prefer a bus to put several sources in the same room).

Freeleance Producer/Engineer/Gtr
Since: Aug 11, 2002

Jan 05, 2006 02:17 pm

on a duplicate track, try cutting most of the vocal range using eq then reverse the phase and blend it with the original... might help a bit

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