Editing

  • Mike Burrell

    Voice Over:English

    Hi Everyone,

    Something just occurred to me: When we send a recording, are we supposed to have edited it ourselves, or are we expecting the client to edit things as they see fit?

    • 9th Jan 2020
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  • Grant Stimpson

    Voice Over:English

    Hi Mike, it is my belief that you should edit it, compress and EQ it before. More chance of getting the gig if it sounds pro.

    • 22nd Nov 2019
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  • Mike Burrell

    Voice Over:English

    Ah ok.

    My concern was that because the more a piece gets edited, the worse the quality becomes, it would be better to leave it as more or less raw and then the customer can tweak it to their own requirements, you see?

    • 26th Nov 2019
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  • Jahmene Hastings

    Voice Over:English

    Always edit - always make it sound as good as poss. Always do the tweaking for the client unless specifically asked otherwise!

    • 28th Nov 2019
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  • Mike Burrell

    Voice Over:English

    Fair enough. Thanks for the input Gents!

    • 28th Nov 2019
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  • Anni Davey

    Voice Over:English

    I'musing Audacity, and find it very straightforward. How do I de-breath it without shortening the gaps between speech?

    • 27th Dec 2019
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  • Grant Stimpson

    Voice Over:English

    Hey Anni

    I use logic pro and the easiest way I've found for de-breathing is "remove silence". Set the Db threshold to -40Db and voila!

    • 31st Dec 2019
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  • Anni Davey

    Voice Over:English

    Thank you! I'll have a go on an old track and see how it goes.

    Happy New Year - with lots of work - everyone!

    • 31st Dec 2019
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  • David Wilson

    Voice Over:English

    Hello Anni,

    Audacity is pretty decent. So good it is free to us all.

    I have used it to try and I seem to recall you can select a section and then silence (from the Effects tab)

    This method is OK for a few manual edits of breath, but a noise gate is possibly best for lots. Although, noise gates take some practice, but once done you can save that as a preset for the future.

    • 8th Jan 2020
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  • Anni Davey

    Voice Over:English

    Thanks so much. I haven't a clue what a noise gate is, but will set about learning! At nearly 75 it is good for my brain. I will practise on an old recording and see how I do! I'm getting better at not breathing..... well, you know what I mean! Anni

    • 8th Jan 2020
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  • David Wilson

    Voice Over:English

    Ahahha. Yeah. Hopefully I can practice not not breathing for some time to come ;-)

    I'll check my other machine with Audacity on and see if I can find the exact names for those things.

    • 9th Jan 2020
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  • David Wilson

    Voice Over:English

    If you select the area where the breath is (you might need to use the zoom (positive magnifying glass)) it should show as being highlighted. With just that breath sound highlighted, you can create silence in that exact space (if this doesn't sound too unnatural) by going to Generate and then Silence. Only the area you have selected will be affected.

    So, next you just click OK and that area will be silenced.

    This should do the trick.

    Of course this is the simple manual way of doing a few edits.

    All the best

    • 9th Jan 2020
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