I`m working a lot with shortwave-radio sounds. Thanks to an excellent radio the audio-quality is quite acceptable. My problem is, some of that recorded material that I find highly interesting, contains too much hissing.
I have experimented a lot with equalizers, notch filters, gates, compressors etc. but the results are not really satisfying.
I suppose, the physical problem lies in the fact that the white noise is spread over the complete frequency range. So as soon as I filter resp. eliminate specific frequencies, e.g. a voice sounds like being spoken into a tin can or otherwise artificial.
Usually I help myself with adding a small amount of reverb to it. This helps a bit but makes it often tougher to get the voice more dominant in the mix.
Don`t get me wrong: I enjoy the dirt & inadequacies that come with this medium & want to maintain its character but need to reduce the noise a bit in order to achieve e.g. more language comprehensibility.
Anyone out there who also works with that sort of “difficult” material?
Any suggestions regarding your experience with combined use of special plug-ins, smart equalizer adjustments whatever are higly appreciated.