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Michael LaHatte

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Recording interview audio at live event
« on: January 19, 2019, 09:40:03 pm »

We are at a lot of very large live events such as car shows, bike shows, etc and when we interview people the background noise ruins all the audio. Any tips, tricks, techniques, technology, etc for handling this issue. Handheld mics seem to freak people out so was hoping for some type of easy lav mic that can be quickly attached and detached or something...

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2019, 11:03:02 pm »

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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2019, 09:19:32 pm »

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Learn how to quickly teach people to be comfortable with a handheld wireless mic?

We are at a lot of very large live events such as car shows, bike shows, etc and when we interview people the background noise ruins all the audio. Any tips, tricks, techniques, technology, etc for handling this issue. Handheld mics seem to freak people out so was hoping for some type of easy lav mic that can be quickly attached and detached or something...

Thanks!
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2019, 09:54:52 am »

I am not sure why this is under wireless but it doesnít fit under live sound either.

The strongest thing at the mic wins unless there is a way to keep the room noise out of a mic. If the overall room noise is too loud then it is going to overpower the person speaking, especially with a lav/clip on mic. Back in my sound for video days I was doing a video shoot in a big open office floor, it may have even been an assembly floor. Right above where they had the person talking was an air vent. I was using a very expensive Neumann short shotgun mic on a boom as close as I could get and still stay out of the shot. I was surprised at how good it sounded. When we werenít rolling tape I flipped the mic around and aimed it at the vent. The vent was making a lot of noise but when the mic wasnít aimed at it it worked great.

Maybe a hand held short shotgun mic would help you. But there is a big difference in how a cheap one sounds and how a really expensive one sounds. The person interviewing and holding the mic would have to have headphones on or an ear bud in to make sure they are aiming it properly and picking up the person being interviewed. In general for what you are talking about long shotgun mics donít usually work well indoors.   

A good directional hand held mic, if aimed right like I mentioned above will work a lot better than any Lav/clip on mic.   
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2019, 11:03:15 am »

Shotgun on a boom.
Won't kill background noise but sure helps.
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2019, 02:34:33 am »

Shotgun on a boom.
Won't kill background noise but sure helps.
Two identical mics wired with reversed polarity to cancel mutual / common mode noise with the interviewee speaking as directly as possible into only either one of the pair similar to the technique employed 'way back in the famous wall of sound concert daze. 
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2019, 05:39:45 am »

with the interviewee speaking as directly as possible into only either one of the pair
Great idea but almost impossible to implement for an interview.
Would work great for one person commenting but when you add a "punter" for an interview, not a chance!
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2019, 06:39:42 pm »

Great idea but almost impossible to implement for an interview.
Would work great for one person commenting but when you add a "punter" for an interview, not a chance!
Why not with a pair of mics for each of you?  It worked for all of the vocalists in The Greatful Dead. 
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2019, 09:23:10 pm »

Why not with a pair of mics for each of you?  It worked for all of the vocalists in The Greatful Dead. 
It worked for the Dead because the vocalists were trained to sing directly in to the top mic, the inverted polarity of the lower mic canceled out much of the shared background noise, while the inverse distance law put the vocal quite a bit down in level on the lower mic.

 The OP wrote "Handheld mics seem to freak people out", a pair of reversed polarity mics equidistant to the talker would cancel the talker out just as much as the background noise, and sound lousy due to comb filtering.

If the talent won't speak directly into the mic, a shotgun is the next best option, but still won't cut it if the background noise is louder than the talker, generally the case with noisy cars & bikes.

A small mic on a "wand" may be the best option, the interviewer can get it close to the talker's mouth with a flip of the wrist, less intimidating than strong arming a large phallus in someone's face.
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2019, 12:20:45 am »

Just do ADR in post. That's how all the big interviews are done these days.
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2019, 02:21:48 pm »

Just do ADR in post. That's how all the big interviews are done these days.
Wouldn't that require you to bring the interviewee to the studio? I'm not sure if you're just joking or I don't understand how ADR is done.
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2019, 03:06:44 pm »

We are at a lot of very large live events such as car shows, bike shows, etc and when we interview people the background noise ruins all the audio. Any tips, tricks, techniques, technology, etc for handling this issue. Handheld mics seem to freak people out so was hoping for some type of easy lav mic that can be quickly attached and detached or something...

Thanks!

I have had very good results with 2 unidirectional lav mics.  where you do the interview should be in a relatively quieter place but even in the middle of a crowd at NAB, the 2 lavs gave very clear voice quality.  If you want better use a headset mic like Shure SM35 which is easy for an interviewee to put on.
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2019, 05:26:07 pm »

We are at a lot of very large live events such as car shows, bike shows, etc and when we interview people the background noise ruins all the audio. Any tips, tricks, techniques, technology, etc for handling this issue. Handheld mics seem to freak people out so was hoping for some type of easy lav mic that can be quickly attached and detached or something...

Thanks!

If you have the coin, buy a cedar dns 2. It's a very well made noise suppressor.  It's pricey, but if doing interviews in loud environments is your gig, this should be in your toolbox.
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2019, 06:51:45 am »

If you have the coin, buy a cedar dns 2. It's a very well made noise suppressor.  It's pricey, but if doing interviews in loud environments is your gig, this should be in your toolbox.
I looked into one of those once. The price was eye opening to say the least!
They do work, though.
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2019, 09:51:57 am »

If you have the coin, buy a cedar dns 2. It's a very well made noise suppressor.  It's pricey, but if doing interviews in loud environments is your gig, this should be in your toolbox.

Isn't that only necessary for live work? It sounds more like the OP is recording to be published later. There are a ton of great noise reduction plugins that can be used in post.
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2019, 06:17:56 pm »

If you have the coin, buy a cedar dns 2. It's a very well made noise suppressor.  It's pricey, but if doing interviews in loud environments is your gig, this should be in your toolbox.

Used these a bunch.  Kinda miraculous, although easy to overuse...
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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2019, 11:27:06 pm »

Used these a bunch.  Kinda miraculous, although easy to overuse...

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Re: Recording interview audio at live event
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2019, 12:58:14 am »

More becomes less?

Essentially, yes. 😀

Taken too far things start to sound a bit robotic and weird. Still a pretty amazing device. Especially good at removing air handling and other steady state background noise nearly seamlessly.
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