Hi all, is there an easy and quick solution in Audacity to this:
I often make a spoken word stereo recording, which consist of synced input from two mono microphones, each recording a different person (such as speaker-translator, or an interview between two people, etc.) located at places near each other.
In this setup, both microphones record the voice of person in front of them, but also voice of the other person, talking in front of the other microphone - with lower volume and quality of the sound. So, at any given time, one of the channels contains the best quality recording, while in the same time the other channel contains the lower quality record of the same.
However, each person needs to have his own mic, mic sharing is not possible. It is also not practically possible to switch the mics on/off during the recording.
These recordings can last more than 2 hours, and those two people are constantly alternating - first person says one sentence, the other one translates it, etc., making numerous swaps during the recording.
The result I’m looking for is a mono output, where at any given time, only the microphone of speaking person is heard, and where the original flow of time is perfectly preserved (mics are only alternating, but every moment of audio is captured, with one mic or another).
When I just simply mix the original stereo track to mono, it gives some usable result, but the lower quality input, “overheard” by the other mic, distorts the resulting recording at any given time. I would like to be able to tell Audacity manually, at what point which mic should be muted and which mic should be aloud.
To get better result, I wondered if I could manually select several parts of stereo track (sentences), then swap left and right channels only for those selected sentences - as a result, there would be one channel containing only high quality sentences, and the second channel would contain only the low quality version of the same sound. Then, delete the low quality channel, and save the high quality one as mono.
Or, if I could add some marks into the recording, which would dynamically mute or unmute channels as needed, at exactly the same time.
Is there a chance that this could be done somehow in Audacity, perhaps by using some plugin, etc.? Many thanks for any suggestions.