We’ve all been there — you record that crucial moment that will change everything only to find something wrong with the audio. If the recording is a special memory, that’s a memento that you’ll never have the chance to capture again. If the recording is a vital piece of evidence in a case, that evidence could be deemed inadmissible if it’s unintelligible. You may have heard of audio forensic services before, but what exactly is it and can just anyone use them? Media Medic is here to help answer these and other frequently asked questions, as well as show you how audio forensic and audio enhancement services have helped in a variety of case types.
What is an Audio Forensic Service?
An audio forensic service is a process in which an expert audio engineer cleans, enhances, and/or recovers audio elements in a recording. Depending on the quality of the original recording, audio forensics can do a lot to quiet background noise, reduce echoing, analyze voices, and an impressive number of other services. Unsure if your audio file needs can be helped by an audio forensic expert? Click here to get in touch with one of our experts for an evaluation.
At Media Medic, when we receive a file for audio enhancement, we create a custom noise profile that is unique to your audio file. By mapping out the specific background noise that is in your recording, we can apply a custom filter to decrease this noise while keeping the important elements the same. For example, if you have an audio recording in which a conversation was recorded in a car or near an air conditioner/HVAC system, we can create a profile based on the constant road noise or air conditioner hum and reduce this element while keeping the conversation intact. We can also go even further by amplifying the specific audio frequencies that allow the human ear to discern what is being said in the conversation more easily.
Utilizing this technique allows us to do the forensic analyses of voice recordings, which helps to uncover many hidden conversations which were originally masked by constant static, rumbling, or hissing noise.
Who can an audio forensic service help?
Though many audio forensic services are geared toward law enforcement and legal professionals, here at Media Medic we make sure our expertise isn’t out of reach for an individual in need of audio enhancement. Most audio forensic services exploit people in need of audio cleanup since these people are often in critical situations, charging them excessive fees for audio services. We won’t exploit the desperate nature many cleanup cases have at Media Medic, offering a flat rate for audio and video forensics that is more accessible to most people.
We have helped many people who are in need of concrete proof that they are innocent or someone else is guilty. Some of our customers are folks who are experiencing infidelity by their girlfriend, boyfriend, or spouse, in custody battles for their children, or are experiencing a variety of other legal troubles.
FAQ About Audio Forensic and Enhancement Services
What are some examples of audio forensic services?
Who are some of the people an audio forensic service can help?
Are there audio forensic online tools or apps that I can use?
There are simple audio forensic tools online and audio forensics apps available to non-audio experts that you could try to use to clean up your file, but a forensic audio professional is able to use the latest technology and methods to give you the best possible version of your recording. What’s more, a professional audio cleanup is going to provide you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’ve given your recording every chance at enhancement that you could.
Are there audio forensic services near me?
Local audio forensic services are not available for many people. Luckily, Media Medic makes audio cleanup and enhancement easy no matter where you are. Through Media Medic’s website you can easily upload your file along with some information about your recording and what you need enhanced. Skip ahead for more instructions or to fill out our contact form now!
What audio formats do audio forensic services accept?
Many times audio files are in a digital format, like a .wav or mp3, but Media Medic accepts an array of physical formats as well. Once the physical recordings are received, our audio forensic professionals determine the best method for capturing it into a digital form for audio cleanup and/or audio enhancement. The formats we accept include but aren’t limited to:
Can audio forensic services also enhance/cleanup video files?
Media Medic is also a video forensic service with the ability to do professional video enhancement and video analysis. Some examples of video enhancement services we offer are:
To learn more or to upload a video for evaluation, click here to go to Media Medic’s Video Enhancement Service page.
How do I know if my file can be fixed?
Almost all audio files can be enhanced to some degree, especially if they are recorded by someone who has not been trained in audio forensic techniques. Every audio recording is different due to a variety of factors, including the recording environment, microphone type, audio recorder placement, distance between speakers, and the audio file transfer process.
Because of this, Media Medic evaluates audio and video files for free before you are ever charged a dime. The evaluation will tell you what can and can’t be done to your specific file, and helps give you a realistic expectation of what can be fixed based on the quality of your original recording.
Most of our clients are not experienced audio forensic professionals, so our unique evaluation process seeks to explain the audio cleanup process in uncomplicated terms, instilling confidence in our service and making sure that no one wastes their money on trying to fix an unsalvageable recording.
Whether your recording is a matter of sentimentality or a matter of life or death, the audio forensic experts at Media Medic can help.
Our audio forensics professionals have had years of experience crafting sound for films, music, and the spoken word, as well as audio cleanup for all types of recordings. Not only can Media Medic provide you with professional quality audio forensics, they make the process easy and less expensive than other companies offering the same services.
Want to get started?
Fill out our short contact form to get in touch with one of our customer service agents. Then, simply upload your audio file with just a couple of easy clicks of the mouse. One of Media Medic’s audio forensics professionals will then do a free evaluation of your audio file. What’s more, every audio cleanup is available for the low, flat rate of $400 per audio file, no matter the length or format.
Fill out the form below or give our forensic audio experts a call at 800-674-9878.