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Old 5 days ago
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Mic crosstalk on live interview (two microphones)

Hi all

I have been given the job of mixing an interview done with 2 speakers on a stage, each with their own microphone, so I have two recordings, one from each mic.

Each microphone pics up the opposite person speaking in the background quite well. They must have been standing close together or they had very sensitive mics. This makes gating out the unwanted voice quite hard as it would also cut out the more quieter parts of the voice I want to keep.

Is there a better way to deal with this?

Thanks in advance
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Originally Posted by lanmonkey View Post
Hi all

I have been given the job of mixing an interview done with 2 speakers on a stage, each with their own microphone, so I have two recordings, one from each mic.

Each microphone pics up the opposite person speaking in the background quite well. They must have been standing close together or they had very sensitive mics. This makes gating out the unwanted voice quite hard as it would also cut out the more quieter parts of the voice I want to keep.

Is there a better way to deal with this?

Thanks in advance
use what you have to your advantage .. you can use gating but you will need to adjust your RANGE settings so it does not Gate Completely .. you do not wnt the background sound to change too much between person changes ..

overlapping speech is the only time where you need to work a little harder ..

is one person much louder than the other ??

be happy to take a listen to what you have .. even a snippet to see what you have to work with .. done this many many times .. feel free to PM me !!!

short story, i was handed an 2 person interview with well known singer that had a bad mic on the Singer .. i used the Interviewers mic when his mic went bad .. saved the interview - thank fully they were close together and she did not step all over him .. oh and btw: i had 20 minutes to fix it give it to an editor and then it Aired LIVE !!! nothing like Pressure to find a solution quickly !!1

cheers john
Old 5 days ago
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That's pretty typical in a two mic, two person interview scenario. Lav mics are typically omni directional and you will hear bleed on each mic. How much depends on how loud each person is and how sensitive the mic is. I've not tried this yet but I'm told that the De-bleed module in RX 6 works pretty well for addressing this. The other thing you could do is checkerboard the channels so only the person who is speaking has an active channel.
Old 4 days ago
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I tend to leave one mic open and cut out bleed from rest of the mics then dip open mic using automation whenever other people are talking. It takes time, but with some practice, solid workflow and template I got much quicker.
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Old 4 days ago
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... 2 speakers on a stage, each with their own microphone, so I have two recordings, one from each mic.
Are you saying you have two recordings (two different machines) or two channels (single machine with a L&R channel)?
If you have two channels, you can sometimes time shift one track against the other to null the crosstalk. It can only work if the two speakers stay in one place. Start shifting one track a few samples at a time until you hear the bleed minimized. Again, the mics have to stay the same distance apart, or you'll be chasing a moving target.
Old 1 day ago
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automated mic mixing helps a lot when doing interviews/discusson live... - try expanders (not gates), delay one track or anything else that helps cancelling out the unwanted background pickup.

(does anyone know a plugin with allpass filters that could be automated?!)
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automated mic mixing helps a lot when doing interviews/discusson live... - try expanders (not gates), delay one track or anything else that helps cancelling out the unwanted background pickup.

(does anyone know a plugin with allpass filters that could be automated?!)
are you thinking seomthing like a Dugan right !!!
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