The problem is I can make out what is being said in certain parts on the original, despite the low volume. I think years of copying guitar parts off records probably help in that regard.
However, I have to get it a fair amount louder for everyone else to really start hearing the voices well. The problem was they were having some problems understanding it.
I was using Diamond cut forensics at that point, mainly just trying to amplify the vocal sounds and use a bit of eq. So the voices were there, but for everyone else it wasn't intelligible enough. I guess inexperience on my part.
But now with Izotope I'm getting much better clarity and it is getting much more understandable.
So it's low volume, but, with some quite understandable parts.
When amplified, there is a lot of hiss and some room reverb.
Some parts of the track are better than others. So we can't get the whole thing perfectly clear, but there is more than enough.
It's a bit like this maybe, but more inconsistent in volume, with more noise turned up.
So not quite as good.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq_3kE6Al2Y