The Good News -
We Repair Audio
Its not always possible to get a sound recording as good as we would like. So often the visuals must come first, there isn't time to prepare, or the environment takes over, and social distancing has just made things worse. What do you do when you get to the edit and you really wish the take you want to use sounded better?
Having years of experience in Sound Post Production means we know the results you would like to have. We use these tools and methods in productions that we are working on.
Our repair skills can be applied to every type production, not just High End TV or Film. Not everything can be fixed completely, but in most cases the results are impressive and usually save the take. Can we fix it? Yes we can! Well, at least we will have a pretty good go, so contact us!
Here is just a selection of what we fix...
Noise can be anything that masks what you really want to hear for instance: constant noise like distant traffic over someone talking, or tape hiss under music. If it's constant noise like distant traffic or hiss, then having a few seconds before or after what you want to use means we can take a snapshot of that noise and be more effective its removal. If the noise is changing, then we just have to work a bit harder! We have different starting points for speech or music.
Mains hum or lighting buzz can get everywhere and is not necessarily created from an acoustic source. We can filter a fixed (e.g. 50Hz mains) or moving fundamental, complete with up to 16 harmonics. This is not just for TV/ Film, but guitar amps etc in studio and live recordings.
De Clothes Rustle
You have a great take, but the mic was rubbing against clothes. You no longer have to go for second best or ADR. This is a great repair tool.
Outside and the wind picks up. Even the best wind gag doesn't stop all the wind noise. This will also deal with boom handling rumble and similar low frequency noises.
De Mic Pop
You think you've set the mic at the correct distance, and even with a windshield the mic 'pops' on the take the director wants to use. Don't panic, the adjustments on this are very fine and we will usually treat each 'pop' separately rather than a blanked setting. This can be used to take out bumps from a boom mic as well.
You really need to hear the dialogue, but there's random noises going on. The software we use for this has learned the sound of the human voice from thousands of samples. It can then pick out the voice from the noises to improve intelligibility; very clever. By reversing the processing, a voice can be removed fairly successfully, so we can rescue a lot of sync sound when you ask us to do your M & E tracks.
Not immediately obvious how useful this, except when mastering. So, the director wants a piece of source music under some dialogue. The vocal in the track fights the dialogue but the director wants the music louder. Step in 'Music Rebalance' and we reduce the level of the vocal in the track; everyone's happy. Useful for increasing the rhythm section in those chase sequences, and removing the vocal for Karaoke at the wrap party.
Not just electrical clicks, but those annoying lip smacks as well. You will not appreciate how annoying they are until we take them out!
Phone / Internet Improvement
In these times of non contact more audio is being sent to post production over the phone or internet. Often the frequency range is limited. We have the tools to reconstruct the missing high frequencies which improves intelligibility, as well as the noise removal tools above. Very useful tool if the new recording needs to match with previously recorded material.