I record a lot of luncheon speaking engagements and master classes with both video and audio.
I master the speaking in Cubase.
One particular new speaker (a high ranking board member of the organization) has a consistent problem of popping the mic.
I tried moving him back from the mic, yet still his method of speaking elicits blasts of air.
I can’t retrain the speaker, he’s an older fellow and has no time for instructions or lessons.
I can’t put a pop stopper type of screen up like in the recording studio, since I’m video taping him in front of a live audience. So I need to see his face clearly on closeups of him talking and asking questions.
Has anyone found a good plug in and settings or combination that works well to remove pops from speech?
These audio tracks are 2 hours to 3 hours long, so going into every single pop is not a economical option.
I record these events as a volunteer and master the audio to match the video for the sake of having a nice clear record of the event for our archives. Sometimes we distribute these to members so I like it to be as professional sounding as possible since our membership is mostly musicians. (arrangers/composers/orchestrators/copyists - behind the scenes music professionals in the studios)
It would be just great if someone who has conquered this often neglected topic could give me (and hence others reading this) a working method for fixing this problem.
Another related problem is that I have to record the audio levels a little low as a safety matter since I can’t do a 2nd take as this is a live event. And due to the popping from the one one person speaking, I can’t normalize the audio track like I might be able to do in other circumstances to get the levels up and then use a Waves compressor to get any extra needed volume.
If I do try to do that here, the blasts from the popping consonants sound like John Bonham’s kick drum…if you know what I mean. I’ve been experimenting with a really short bandwidth eq and dipping it way down, but that seems to take too much vocal character out of the sound, especially for the 2nd speaker who may be speaking fine with no pops. However it is coming off the board mono, so I can’t separate them into L and R during the event and again on the recording.
So I’m really (in the end) trying to accomplish 2 things: getting rid of the popping blasts,
so I can then get more volume from the track (mono of a board) by running it thru a compressor like Waves L1, L2 or L3.
any professional advice would be welcome, but please no quick jabs at the talent (haha)…thanks