Audio Filters Abound

I recently came across a problem with audio on a Drempt project I was working on in Final Cut Pro. There were three takes with audio, but each take sounded different. One take was recorded with a lav and the other two on different days with the on-camera mic. I wasn’t there for the recording of them to see what the problem could have been and there is no possibility to re-record. What to do now? Is it possible to fix it in post?

Luckily, I stumbled upon this super informative site with an article by Dan Brockett from 2002 with relevant info! It adds some humor to an otherwise non-funny aspect of post, especially when things are going wrong. It’s a great post because it explains some disclaimers about the capabilities of audio and FCP, breaks down the use of some audio filters on FCP, and even highlights specific issues you could encounter with your audio and provides tips on what filters to use to fix them. Tips like: “How do I match my lavaliere’s sounds to my shotgun mic’s sound?” Or, “I have an excessive hiss, now what?”

Another helpful post comes from the same place, Ken Stone’s Final Cut Pro web site. This is a 2-part guide breaking down audio filters in alphabetical order. These posts can really help anyone out!  Just as Jon Chappel, the author of the post, wrote,

“audio [is] a major area of weakness for a lot of us.”

Part 2 of the post features details on FCP specific filters, while part 1 is on Apple Audio Units.

Have you found a site or have any additional info on the perfect solution to audio problems? Share it on Drempt here!


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