A client had recorded a video voiceover but for some unexplainable reason several of the takes were ‘muffled’. They sent an example and a reference file over via ftp and I had a listen and sure enough it was muffled but it didn’t sound like just an EQ problem but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, I thought that the muffled takes may have been recorded as an mp3 but apparently not, it was one complete session. I was able to match them with EQ reasonably but I thought it would be worth doing a search on the Digidesign User Conference and found a very interesting current thread. It was all about this very subject. Don’t you just love when that happens?
The first suggestion was to use Dynamic Spectrum Manager from Pro Audio DSP with the advice to use sparingly and then a number of posts outlining how hard it was to get DSM to function as an EQ Matching application as it is described by Pro Audio DSP as a “groundbreaking adaptive techniques to capture both the frequency-domain and dynamic characteristics of audio program, and uses this as the basis for a highly developed large scale multi-band compression process.”
To this end the advice is it can do great things but needs careful use and as so often in my workflow, time is tight, so I moved onto the next suggestion.
Bias Repli-Q from their Master Perfection Suite.
As it happened, I already had Master Perfection Suite on my computer, which was even better news! However if you aren’t as fortunate, you can download a free 14 day trail from Bias, all be it the complete Master Perfection Suite which also includes 5 other applications and comes in VST, AU and RTAS plug-ins.
In part 2 I will show you how I used it and whether it delivered the goods or not.