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post Jun 2 2008, 04:11 AM
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So I have a little problem hopefully someone can help me out with. My bands trying to get a demo together so we went over to my friends house to record the drums. The drummer played in the guys basement and used some triggers and two microphones, but the walls and floor were made out of concrete so the tracks ended up having an intense amount of reverb. The guy who helped us out didnt have any recording software so he put all the drums together in one track and just gave us the files. I have Adobe Audition but Im wandering if theres any possible way to take out some of the reverb when all the drums are in one track. It doesnt seem likely, but id figure id ask just in case. Thanks in advance for any replies biggrin.gif


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post Jun 2 2008, 07:45 AM
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I don't think it's possible. At least I don't know any software to do this.
This is the reason because all instruments are usually recorded with no FX.
You can add always some FX while you're mixing the song.


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post Jun 2 2008, 08:45 AM
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It's not possible to remove the reverb (at least not that I know). And once you compress the song while mixing, it will only get worse! So I think you must re-record the drums... dry.gif


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post Jun 2 2008, 09:08 AM
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you cant remove the reverb or the Hum from the track .other wise you need the same software what he used in recording to do a better equalizing and i prefer to record your demos again with good quality and good place
thats easier



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post Jun 2 2008, 12:24 PM
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No way to remove the reverb. Bad recording is a bad recording. Doing anything later in the mix will only get worse, so what you hear is what you get basically.


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post Jun 2 2008, 12:27 PM
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Sorry mate, but that was just a bad way to record drums.. sad.gif


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post Jun 2 2008, 01:25 PM
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yeah, bad way to record drums... I don't know how to erase the reverb and I can imagine that it wouldn't be easy sad.gif
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post Jun 2 2008, 01:27 PM
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Make some weird spaced out dance stuff lol biggrin.gif


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post Jun 2 2008, 10:28 PM
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As every body else sad,it is not possible,but you can go and re record at your friend basement,but find some absorbers for the room.Put blankets around the drums,it will help a bit.


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The best solution, as people have already said, is to re-record the drums.

However if you can't then there are a couple of things you could try - afraid they won't be 100% effective as you can't remove all the reverb particularly the reverb in the mid region of the wave rather then the tail. All assume you have reasonably advanced understanding of studio effects/techniques in software and hardware.

1) Reverse the wave and put a gate on so that it opens after the reverb tail. Then reverse it back. With the gate it's the threshold control that you need to focus on - probably a setting of between -50 to -10 with medium attack.

2) EQ - use a parametric eq, with a Q of about 4 and sweep the recording to find out what frequencies are being enhanced by the reverb and then cut those.

3) Spectral compression/harmonic balancing - same as for 2) you look for what is being enhanced and cut and enhance those which fall below the base line dB to create a smooth dB spectral curve.

4) Manually edit the entire drum track to remove the reverb tail via cut and paste.

5) Use a stereo width effect set the 'wide/width' control as low as possible and the track will appear as mono. Mono tracks sound as if they have less reverb. Or just pan it to mono - same thing essentially.

6) De-convolution - record a convolution of the empty room, and use an inverted filter of that impulse through a convolution reverb modeller to remove the reverb. Note though that this really needs spot on mic placement to get right and avoid distortion.

None of these are easy by the way and some may take a lot of time and a deal of patience, care and some skill and an awful lot of A/B comparison (particularly 2,3,4 and 5). Last time I did harmonic balancing manually it took me about 2 hours for a 3 minute track but maybe I'm slow rolleyes.gif . 6 could be fun but may not work at all and if you could record the empty room you may as well just re-record the drums.

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post Jun 3 2008, 12:22 AM
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Thanks Tony for the great advices,it will help some one for shore.smile.gif


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post Jun 3 2008, 12:27 AM
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Id just re-record it.. always tackle the problem at the source for the best results.. editing always sounds bad to me ...


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