Raw vs. Processed Audio A/B

Recording live audio, especially with multiple mics, can be a challenge. The audio takes a considerable amount of processing (e.g., ducking, noise reduction, reverb control, etc.) to balance the active voice track(s) against sound effects, scoring, audience tracks, and the right amount of room ambiance so that the listening experience still evokes a live stage performance.

Here is an A/B demonstration from TSVP Radio Theater Podcast’s production of Soldier, Come Home!

 

SAMPLE SCENE – RAW AUDIO MIX

(Recorded flat, with live in-board processing: noise gating, compression; outboard processing: noise gating, compression, & feedback suppression)

 

 

SAMPLE SCENE – PROCESSED & ENGINEERED AUDIO MIX

(Sound FX added, spectal noise reduction, compression, de-reverb, de-esser, EQ)