Reverb Madness


I work in a church as the main media director and tech. Frankly, the responsibilities fall on me because I know more than the average elderly person. I’m 26. A gentleman who served with the audio equipment had turned up the reverb for the service and demolished the recording. Does anyone know how to isolate the vocals and retain the quality of sound?

It pretty much sounds like a straight echo throughout the whole service.

De-reverb plugins exist, but they’re not effective on strong reverb, (and are expensive).

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You hit number one.

There is a Youtube presenter with good content and perfect video, but I can’t watch him because it sounds like he recorded the voice in his bathroom.


Here’s a few notes on why this is so hard.

Yours isn’t room echos or reverberation, but the effect is the same.

The phrase that pays is: “Trying to remove the voice from itself.”

Even if the sounds are different, you still get stuck because Audacity can’t split a mixed performance into individual instruments, voices, or sounds (number 4).

This is also why many of the audio production instructions include the phrase “Record in a quiet, echo-free room.” Also see: “Studio.”