Is there a way to automagically improve the sound of downloaded bootlegs?
August 23, 2011 4:05 AM Subscribe
Does software exist to automatically improve the sound of music recordings, similar to the auto-adjustment features of photo-editing software?
posted by nowonmai to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have downloaded an awful lot of live music recordings, much of which sounds a bit 'thin' to my ears. I'd like to improve the sound, which means equalization to boost bass, compression, and probably other processes I don't know anything about. I'd like to do this for free, at the touch of a button, without having to invest a lot of time into learning audio software.
By analogy, programs like iPhoto and Picasa have magic adjustment buttons that usually improve a picture; maybe not as much as an experienced user with a good eye could do with the curves tool, but good enough and you can process dozens of files a minute. They usually stretch the histogram, adjust colour balance and saturation, and sharpen a bit.
I know little about audio editing, but I like to imagine that something that similarly analysed a waveform and made 'typical' adjustments might be possible to make.
Is there software to do this? Is there free software? A way to make Audacity do it perhaps? I'm on OS X but also interested in Linuxy or Windows suggestions
Failing that, is there a standard workflow for beefing up the sound of bootleg recordings; eg "compress then equalise then adjust gain in that order" or something?