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Audio Repair 101 - Clipping and Leveling in Audio & Video Recordings

In the good old days of analog audio, you could push the volume of your amp past its limits and make it sound cool, a practice known as distortion. Early blues guitarists would boost the volume of their amplifiers until the internal circuitry was no longer able to recreate the sound. Instead, it would come out “fuzzy” or “dirty”.  In the digital world, a sound which exceeds the limits has run out of 1’s and 0’s to be reproduced. At that point, instead of a warm distortion, the listener is met by an abrupt popping noise,  known as “clipping”. 

How To Podcast: An essential guide

Ready to start your first podcast? Here's all you need to know! This series will help you understand the podcasting trends, the audience's behavior & how to choose a killer topic. What makes a great guest? How to set up a perfect environment? Mic placement & tips and how to edit your audio faster & easier than ever.

Audio Repair 101: Plosives in Audio & Video Recordings

A normal, healthy sound being received by a microphone is like a gentle wave. It goes in and out, lapping at the shoreline. A plosive, on the other hand, is received like a tsunami. The power overwhelms the signal and produces an awful, mid-range thud right in the middle of your audio. It’s the type of problem that cannot be ignored, so it’s important to understand how to prevent and fix plosives in the recording process. 

Audio Repair 101: Sibilance in Audio & Video Recordings

If you’ve never heard of sibilance, try saying, “Sally sells seashells by the seashore” three times fast. Not only will your tongue become tied, you will also produce a large amount of sibilance. This is the overproduction of the high frequency hiss at the beginning of an “s” sound along with a few others. Overall, this is one of the more simple audio problems encountered, and it carries a simple set of solutions.

Audio Repair 101: Reverb in Audio & Video Recordings

Sound is not an easy thing to control. The second it's created, it travels in every direction, bouncing off everything it meets. This chaos is known as reverberation. In your recording, excess reverb can be distracting. Yes, there is an artistic element that can make it very appealing from a music standpoint.

Audio Repair 101: Noise in Audio & Video Recordings

Everyone in the world of audio will tell you the same thing. Removing noise from your location is always the first step in a great sounding recording. This is true for Podcasters all the way up to Sound Engineers. After removing background noise, choosing the best equipment is the next step. Then you can move to your last line of defense which is your post-production. Used well, this is where make your recording shine.  

Remove noises, "S" Sounds and Plosives from Podcast Voice Recordings in Audacity | ERA Bundle

In the podcasting world, audio quality plays a major role on your listener’s first impression. What we call “listening comfort” is sometimes as important as your content itself. 

James Twomey on ERA Reverb Remover & ERA Noise Remover

James Twomey is a post production engineer and the co-founder of two of the most successful New York post production studios. He has won three Emmy awards as well as Clio and New York Radio awards.

Why removing room echo and excessive reverb is critical for your audio content

Imagine that you just moved into a brand new apartment. After all those years of hard work, your efforts are finally paying off. High-five! You’ve earned it! A spacious living room, a large bedroom and a huge kitchen where you can show off your culinary skills to your friends! You are enjoying everything about this well-deserved upgrade, but there’s one thing you have to make peace with until your new furniture arrives; the “loudness” of all that empty space around you that sometimes makes you miss your old cosy apartment.

Denoise is a constant battle. Know the enemy and repair your noisy audio tracks!

A common secret in the post production world is the following: "the outcome of an engineer's effort to remove noise from audio tracks is directly related to the time-frequency characteristics of the noise sources". So we prepared a "noisy" quiz for you: can you identify noise sources from their spectrograms? Take the quiz and see if you will be available to identify the worst enemies of everyone who deals with audio restoration!