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Old 31st October 2002
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This room sucked!

I already have some trix in mind for when I get to the "sweetening (turd polishing)" stage of this project, but I'm looking for suggestions.

I recorded a catholic high school band and chorus in a church that must been built while god was in the crapper reading the Heaven Times. Imagine the sound of a 400' x400' square room (it was'nt square, but it might as well have been).

Before anyone laughs at me for having problems with this...
This was a VERY last minute gig that is going to pay VERY well by the time I am done. The reason I am disclaiming this is because I did not have my optimal choice of gear to capture this "jewel", plus, I'm getting to charge about 4 times what my engineer friends make at their "pro" gigs. This whole business is ****ed in the head.

Signal path:

2 C1000's (spaced pair on Atlas T bar)
Focusrite Red 1
Sony PCM R300

I was at the back of the church in the choral booth thing (whatever they call it I don't know)

I took the best possible choices available to me at the time. I have better mics about 20 miles away, that would have helped!

My recording has TONS of room noise since I was running roughly 48 to 60 dB of mic gain just to pick up the choral groups that sang a bit quieter than all the folks in the crowd coughing and going to the bathroom. I was also restricted to the back of the room with no option to close mic (which would have saved the whole session).

I'm planning on putting the new Waves noise reduction package to the test on an HD system. Does anybody have some other suggestions?

Old 31st October 2002
My classical chums record a lot of military Big Bands in the UK. Since he IRA started blowing the Briish army up at every chance (still a risk) they dont get the chance to use nice halls for recording much because of the COST of security checks & bomb sniffer dogs etc - so my friends have to record in a lot of substandard spaces... Out comes the TCM3000 - they mix at my place I have one and they have one.. I bet they would dig Altiverb - a LOT.

Old 8th November 2002
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I assume they are using Altiverb for ambience. I have too much ambience, I'm looking for trix to reduce the ambience.

Any suggestions?

No deadline, but I want to milk this one?
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