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Question: Which audio filter to help with muffled voice recording?

Hi all!

I've been doing some 2 minute news spots, and although my voice-overs sound OK on my timeline and also on my TV when burned to a DVD, when I watch the newscast on the cablecast itself, my voice is so muffled it sounds like I'm talking into a pillow. Incidentally, it also sounds fine after the news director captures it and plays it on her timeline.

So I'm trying to figure out how to make it a little crisper. I have read the manual and played with the filters, but still can't find the "crisper filter". If anyone has a suggestion, or can point out a tutorial, it would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Allie8

IMac, Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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Hey Allie!

The problem is likely the compression that the station is doing to the stream for transmission... you might not be able to "fix" it the right way without looking at what they are doing to it, because if you send them OK audio, and it's monitored OK in FCP, but sounds bad over the air or whatever, then it's in THEIR court actually. But the EQ filters in FCP or Soundtrack Pro could be used to make your voice crisper sounding. Find the audio frequency of your voice and raise the highs and lower the lows a bit with those EQ filters. It's all real time too, so not hard to figure out. Try starting with the "Final Cut Pro" 3 Band Equalizer... just play with the settings during playback, and you'll see what it does... or for a further explanation, type "3 Band Equalizer" in the search box of the online help menu's User's manual.

Jerry

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Feb 24, 2009 7:38 AM in response to cdecou In response to cdecou

Hey Allie!

The problem is likely the compression that the station is doing to the stream for transmission... you might not be able to "fix" it the right way without looking at what they are doing to it, because if you send them OK audio, and it's monitored OK in FCP, but sounds bad over the air or whatever, then it's in THEIR court actually. But the EQ filters in FCP or Soundtrack Pro could be used to make your voice crisper sounding. Find the audio frequency of your voice and raise the highs and lower the lows a bit with those EQ filters. It's all real time too, so not hard to figure out. Try starting with the "Final Cut Pro" 3 Band Equalizer... just play with the settings during playback, and you'll see what it does... or for a further explanation, type "3 Band Equalizer" in the search box of the online help menu's User's manual.

Jerry

Feb 24, 2009 7:38 AM

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Feb 24, 2009 11:17 AM in response to Jerry Hofmann In response to Jerry Hofmann

Wow! Jerry Hoffman no less! I am indeed honored and pleased!

You are right, it's the station's equipment, and the programmer/tech is overwhelmed, overworked and under funded. In the meantime, I want to try anything I can to sharpen it up, and I so appreciate your input.

I will follow your suggestions and post back.

Thanks again!
Allie

Feb 24, 2009 11:17 AM

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Feb 24, 2009 12:48 PM in response to cdecou In response to cdecou

That's it! Not only did you suggest the correct filter to use, you suggested that I find my voice print and go from there, and hey wow! I can definitely tell the difference!

Believe it or not, I actually have RTFM, 🙂 but sometimes there is too much information, sometimes too vague, but I have always found solutions in this forum, usually by running a search. Thanks so much for this answer and all the others too!

Allie8

Feb 24, 2009 12:48 PM

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