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Editing Out the Room Dynamics Plugins
Old 17th August 2007
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Editing Out the Room

Hello everybody. I am editing a live performance, and I feel like I have just a little too much room. I was wondering if anybody had some really good tips on how to edit it out a little so that I can bring everything a little closer to the listener. Thanks in advance for all the good advice I know I'm gonna get.
Old 17th August 2007
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I don't know if it changes things that much, but I am using ProTools Le and Logic Express.
Old 17th August 2007
It's really hard to do anything with pre-recorded material, especially if you don't have separate tracks that were close mic'd so you can blend in the ambiance to taste. That being said, the only thing I can think of is to use an SPL Transient Designer 4 so that you can increase the attack and reduce the sustain on the various sources. That would eliminate some of the room sound you are hearing and allow you to use the original tracks for ambiance and the effected tracks for triggering samples, or simply using them as is.

Hope that helps! Good luck!
Old 19th August 2007
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Originally Posted by soundwizard View Post
I was wondering if anybody had some really good tips on how to edit it out a little
The standard technique is to use an expander. This is the opposite of a compressor, and it makes soft thing softer. So as the reverb in the room decays the expander will make it decay faster which is what you want. However - and this is a big one - it will not change the relative level of the reverb. Nor can it do much during the course of the song, only at the end when all of the players stop. But used in moderation it will still help a little.

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