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rmccord



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject: How to mitigate an echo Reply with quote

I have a voice recording made in a rather echo-y place. I'd love to be able to reduce the echo. Does Amadeus Pro have that capability, and if so, how to engage it?

Thank you.
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Gerard Bik



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:44 am    Post subject: How to mitigate an echo Reply with quote

Everyone who likes to record audio will someday encounter this echo
problem. Audio software can do a lot, but not remove an already
recorded echo. An awkward situation, but hey most of us have learned
to live with it.

At the time and place of the recording there are all kinds of
precautions possible, like special mics and acoustic foam enclosures.

The only thing Amadeus (or any audio software) can do, is improve
intelligibility by filtering out unnecessary parts of the signal.

Probably institutions like the CIA have a special computer that can
remove echo, at a very special price.

Sorry Wink
Gerard
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rmccord



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gerard,

Alas, I thought that would be the answer. The laws of physics can be rather compelling.

I had hopes for a plug-in called De-Verb, so I download a trial version. Although some people seem delighted with it, it had no effect on my track, other than a bit of distortion at the high end of its controls.

Oh well, thanks for taking the time to respond.

Regards,
Rich
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alansilv



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:56 pm    Post subject: room echo Reply with quote

Rich,
I've run into the problem on interviews recorded in acoustically "live" rooms (conference rooms, hotels, etc.) and, you're right, there's no easy solution. Sometimes noise reduction can help as echo is part of the ambience. I've found the NR in Izotope RX works pretty well. Another thing to try is EQ. A lot of room echo/ambience seems to be in the low end. Set up a high pass curve that starts reducing lows from around 150hz and you might hear an improvement. Slide the curve back and forth to find a range that reduces your echo. Won't be "studio," but it could help.
Alan
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