In today’s world, audio and video recordings can be made by almost anyone. From smartphones to sophisticated studios and sound stages, large amounts of media content are created daily. And as our world becomes increasingly and audibly congested, the rate of ruined recordings is rising in tandem. Human error, unexpected electrical or mechanical interference and unwelcome intrusions from aircraft, cell phones, pets, people and Mother Nature regularly impact even the most seasoned professional. Many times, it just isn’t possible to record that “perfect take” over again, particularly when editing coverage of a live event, or working to meet budgets and deadlines.
Whether you’re a professional or just getting started, you’ve probably ran into difficult audio situations like those mentioned above, and wished you could correct what seemed like an impossible dilemma. We hope this guide will help you understand the basics (and beyond) of audio repair and restoration and enable you to fix previously unusable audio.