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Dear Ott,

What are some approaches you've used to process tablas in the past?

I have a live solo tabla performance I'm doing noise removal on. The recording was done with one Omni mic so it picked up heaters, fans, audience noise and in some spots, gnarly feedback from the PA. After cleaning up most of the audio, the tablas have lost a bit of life. Any advice would help a lot, if you'd be so kind.

Thank You!
-Ryan


Ott responded on 06/23/2017
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Noise reduction kills sounds unless used very sparingly. I would rather hear the background noise than a mushy, mangled tabla.

Try using a transient shaper to restore the front of the sound.

Also, seriously consider living with the background noise. It's probably quite interesting.

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