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Looking for an audio Christmas miracle

Explorer ,
Sep 16, 2021 Sep 16, 2021

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Hey Pros! I've got a question. I recorded an interview last week and the gain on my main mic was too high so I got some bad distortions in spots; some I've been able to heal.... others, not so much. My question is, can I use one of the other 2 recordings as a baseline to heal the main audio waves? The subject is too quiet in the other 2 recordings to use without adding noise issues to the mix, but I thought maybe there might be someway to use those wavelengths to fix the badly distorted portions of the main audio. Thanks in advance! 

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I don't think there's anything automatic, but after running the de-clipping effect on the hot track, you can try mixing some of the quiet track while applying noise reduction to it (sometimes multiple passes of less aggressive noise reduction can sound more natural than one aggressive pass).

 

After that? I don't know.

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Thanks for the suggestions! 

The "noise" isnt really an issue. I captured a noise print and applied it to a noise reduction process and it took care of virtually all of the background noise. After writing that, I'm thinking you were probably referring to the noise generated when I try to up the levels on one of the background mics. That may work out fine, but I know that the noise level is about 1/3 of the subject's speach audio level, so I'm afraid he will come out muffled but I can try. My main issue is where the subject speaks so loud that the audio gets clipped and creates a static distortion that is unhealable. I am halfway through the 15 minutes of audio, healing small sections by hand and I just thought there might be a way to do it better and accross the whole track at once if there was some way to heal the main audio using a secondary reference audio. as I said, there are also some portions where the voice is so covered by the static distortion that I can not recover his voice and will have to find some other way to patch those sections. I'm attaching a quick 12 second clip with half showing the original audio, and the second half showing the healed audio with a section that could not be properly healed. 

 

On a side note, one odd thing I noticed was, when I tried to apply the DeClipper, with auto Gain, tolerance at 8%, min clip size=3 and cubic interpolation, it tells me there are 0 problems detected in the entire 15 min file; however, when I coppied this short clip in to a new track, it tells me there is 1 problem detected using the same settings..

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