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Old July 22nd, 2008, 01:16 PM   #1
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Clipping sound in Vegas - best real time audio to fix?

I have some clipping where the actor yelled into the mic. It sounds ok if I turn it down, but I would like to smooth out the clipped area. Any advice on which of the Vegas built-in plugins for audio to use? Thanks
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 03:20 PM   #2
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well clipped audio is pretty much toast BUT since you say that by lowering the level it sounds OK try this. (I got this from Spot IIRC awhile back and it's goes into every audio track i do).
First set an audio bus for the track. Then set Track Compression on the track to Soft Limiter(-3db) Set Compression on the bus to a -3db HARD LIMITER (you need to set this as a preset) then for the master bus set the Wave surround to Master for 16 bit and set a 6db hard limiter. This sounds contradictive but the various compression will kee ALL different levels to within a reasonable range without dropping down too fast and being noticable. You could also split the track into 2 and set a bus for each track and have even more control.
Hey it might work ;-)

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Old July 22nd, 2008, 04:41 PM   #3
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If you have Sound Forge you could try the clipped peak restore filter and should also be available to Vegas if on the same machine. Since I have both installed don't know which came with each program!!!

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Old July 22nd, 2008, 04:45 PM   #4
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With the Track compressor - it is input gain or output gain I am changing to -3db? I didn't notice the HARD but did see the SOFT preset. I am not used to using the Audio Bus, so this make takes some time...

Sound Forge huh? That would be great if I had it...clipped peak restore, that sounds like just the thing I need!
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 10:10 PM   #5
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output and the hard limiter is one you set and then save as a preset. (name it and click the disc icon next to the name)

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Old July 23rd, 2008, 02:25 AM   #6
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A simple method that has worked well for me is to use a volume envelope and drop the level at the point of the clipping. That would only be a practical solution with just one or two clipped points, of course. If the clipping is all over the place then Don's suggestion is certainly more efficient.

If you want to spend some money then take a close look at iZotope RX. Absolutely astonishing results (with practice).
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