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Old 11-17-2001, 09:25 AM
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Default how to enhance a crusty old soundtrack

A client of mine is reviving a couple of his old films with a distributor. He has the 35 print for transfer, however he doesn't have the sound, except on VHS. What a joke! It is my job to recover/remaster this hissy, lightly fluttery, funky audio for layback to a new tape. This guy doesn't have a lot of money. (what a shock!)

Step number one for me is just to roll of the high end above 8000-10000hz. That cleans up the hiss. There doesn't seem to be all that much up there anyway -- the sound is probably from an optical track in the first place. A denoise rendering pass over 90 minutes of soundtrack is not practical and probably would not gain that much benefit.

Can anyone recommend a device or plug in to restore brightness and clarity? I already have an Aphex type C Aural Exciter, but I've been thinking of calling a local rental house to get one of the higher end enhancement boxes. Any other recommendations for bringing soundtracks back to life -- quickly?

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I haven't tried them yet so I couldn't tell you if they will work for your application but Waves has a new bundle of three or four plugins called "Restore" or "Restoration" or something to that effect.

I've talked to a few people that say it works great, again, I don't know whether or not it will work for your application.

The cool thing is that you can download the demos and try them out for a couple of weeks to see.

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