Hello-oh-oh-oh-oh-ooooooooo (cavernous sound), Raisin Haters!
Today’s blog talks about one of the peskiest issues of audio editing: echo.
A sound that repeats because of reflection or reverberation is called an echo and is from the Greek word, ekho, meaning “sound.”
Echo and other sound-related concerns are bad for business because your audience will turn away from and immediately check out of your story.
Issues with sound such as good ole echo will come up whether you like it or not.
Issues such as…
Removing echo especially when you’re handed someone else’s interview footage that was filmed indoors, no lav mic and using only on-camera audio.
Cutting back on “empty room” echo or horrible background noise.
Getting rid of echo that intrudes while recording outdoors or getting rid of it altogether.
Those concerns are a bummer to deal with for sure but there are ways to deal with echo.
Anyhoo, are you a fan of reverb? I used to be a fan of reverb in the form of yodels until I had a heart-to-heart talk with my wife about the power of silence, haha!
Before paying to become a sound engineer to solve this “resounding” problem check out this tutorial on removing echo in Final Cut Pro.
It shows you how to reduce reverb using a variety of tools like compressors and envelopers and provides you with filming techniques for recording audio while outdoors.
Let’s get ready to remove echo….(echo) (echo) (echo) in Final Cut Pro.
Mic Placement To Avoid Excess Room Tone And Echo
Position your microphone as close to your mouth as possible so that your voice dominates the space. This also ensures that the surrounding noise is minimized or drowned out.
Show/Hide Audio Meters
The audio meters reveal your clips’ audio levels in Final Cut Pro. Audio meters alert you for audible distortion that happens when one or more of your clips reaches peak level.
Click those 2 vertical bars/buttons on top of your timeline. This action opens up the audio levels to the right side of your screen giving you a view of the audio happening in your timeline.
This is a feature in Final Cut Pro that analyzes your audio during import. It determines if the sound is too soft, has a hum, or is too loud. Any of these three and the Audio Enhancement feature automatically addresses these problems by correcting them for you.
A Final Cut Pro Compressor automatically adjusts pitch for audio.
The Noise Gate in Final Cut Pro is a feature that muffles audible noise and hum in the background.
Crumple Pop Echo Remover Plugin
Plugin to the rescue!
Did you know that carpets, sheets and foam sheets are opportunities to improve audio quality while editing? Sure does! Try spreading carpets on the floor, hanging sheets on the walls and installing foam sheets around the room to dramatically lessen echo.
Let me know how these echo-busting tips helped you. I’m always pumped to hear from you!
P.S. *Me Using My Low Register Voice*
By the way, if the echo is the same frequency as the audio/voice, there’s no way to solve the echo other than to re-record the whole thing. *sorry*
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