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Let me explain by example:

 

I love Rihanna's voice. I love her raspiness, even some of the processed sound in the voice is gorgeous.

 

But the recordings possitively suck. They are super compressed, and I am convinced they add "sparkle" on top. Listening to them on an ipod with some reasonable but not great headphones is more fun than on my main system.

 

So is there a way to decrapify the sound so that I can listen in my main system?

Maybe a low pass?

How can one decompress the dynamic range?

 

Thx!

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Good luck! I have 2000+ hours trying to un-compress crappy cd's. The only way I have found is using a software compressor. I bring in the audio at -7dB. Then use threshold to makeup and output +3dB. I takes awile to get the hang of it but does work. My output is actually louder than the original and fuller bodied. My goal was to be able to listen to anything from 1960's to 2014 recordings with little interaction. I can now do this with just 1 knob on the compressor.

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Good luck! I have 2000+ hours trying to un-compress crappy cd's. The only way I have found is using a software compressor. I bring in the audio at -7dB. Then use threshold to makeup and output +3dB. I takes awile to get the hang of it but does work. My output is actually louder than the original and fuller bodied. My goal was to be able to listen to anything from 1960's to 2014 recordings with little interaction. I can now do this with just 1 knob on the compressor.

What are you using to do this?

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+3dB = distorsion. Hard one.

 

You'd better use a transient shaper (add weight to attacks) and maybe one exciter (add harmonics, useful mainly for treble).

 

A very good "all in one" solution is a plugin like iZotope Alloy 2 (which anyway has also a compressor/dynamic expander, but try to limit at, 1-2 dB max maybe...)

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I love Rihanna's voice.

 

I've never heard it called that before.

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Good luck! I have 2000+ hours trying to un-compress crappy cd's. The only way I have found is using a software compressor. I bring in the audio at -7dB. Then use threshold to makeup and output +3dB. I takes awile to get the hang of it but does work. My output is actually louder than the original and fuller bodied. My goal was to be able to listen to anything from 1960's to 2014 recordings with little interaction. I can now do this with just 1 knob on the compressor.

I bet there are standard compression presets used in the industry and it should be possible to uncompress the dynamic range - maybe that's not necessarily great since I'm sure the mix is tuned to the compression - but nonetheless.

 

There's an AudioUnit on the mac to compress. I can't seem to be able to setup the curve to the opposite (i.e. expand the dynamic range). Isn't this exactly what tape Dolby does?

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SME 20/3 + SME V 9” + Dynavector XV-1s > vdH The Grail

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Use iZotope Rx delimiter to make room for the transients this will make it sound less compressed allow it to breathe a little more. But as you know once it's been compressed there is really nothing you can do only improve what's already there. My findings show you can improve it by 2-3 on the DR meter.

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Listening to them on an ipod with some reasonable but not great headphones is more fun than on my main system.

 

So is there a way to decrapify the sound so that I can listen in my main system?

 

Yes..

 

Option A: By crappy speaker for main rig and leave recording as is :)

 

Option B: Use a software EQ of some type to provide salt and pepper to recording to match your taste

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