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Normalize and Compress?

Permanent link to this post Posted by nordic » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:15 pm

I have been reading a lot about normalizing and compressing.

Is there any benefit of normalizing audio and then compressing it? Or is it almost pointless to do so or can it help my audio to do both?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Normalize and Compress?

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:23 pm

Normalizing and amplifying are the same thing. Normalize got the better name. Turn the volume up or down once per show.
can it help my audio to do both

What's your audio and what are you helping it to do?

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Re: Normalize and Compress?

Permanent link to this post Posted by nordic » Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:24 am

It's for a podcast. Recording my voice directly into audacity. First I'm setting the gain, then doing noise reduction, then normalize and then compression.

After I normalize, which is the same as amplify as you say, would it then be a good idea to compress the audio?

Using a blue yeti.

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Re: Normalize and Compress?

Permanent link to this post Posted by Trebor » Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:34 am

nordic wrote:It's for a podcast. Recording my voice directly into audacity. First I'm setting the gain, then doing noise reduction, then normalize and then compression.

LevelSpeech2.NY is an Audacity-plugin which is a compressor (& limiter) designed for speech.
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Re: Normalize and Compress?

Permanent link to this post Posted by nordic » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:43 am

Would I just install this plug in and it will automatically do the work for me? No need to apply it in any way?
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Re: Normalize and Compress?

Permanent link to this post Posted by Trebor » Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:13 pm

nordic wrote:Would I just install this plug in and it will automatically do the work for me? No need to apply it in any way?

Audacity plugins (& other effects) are not automatic: not applied in real-time.
Once the plugin is installed it appears on the Audacity effects menu. You then have to apply it like any other effect ...

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http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Download_Nyquist_Plug-ins#install
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