Hi guys. Sorry if this is in the wrong section, but it seemed the nearest to what I was after.
I’m doing some voice over work with Reaper DAW but I thought you guys could still give advice.
Could you let me know how I can improve the attached audio please?
I realize that part of the problem might be with my voice, but any tweaks or settings that help are appreciated.
It sounds slightly crackly (might be my voice also) and a little processed (I’m playing with settings to try and fix this).
A good goal is to record so your voice will occasionally hit blue waves of about half way (.5) and the bouncing sound meter about -6dB to -9dB.
It’s sometimes rough to get a home microphone to hit those values because home microphones tend to record low volume which can make them noisy (fffffff). This is a marketing decisions, not an electronic or audio one.
If no matter what you do or which settings you have you just can’t get high enough volume, you might try oblique microphone positioning (B).
That will let you increase your voice volume without increasing P-Popping and other mouth noises. You do have to be more careful about head movement. Plug your headphones into the 2i2 and listen in real time. That will help prevent volume wandering during performances.
Can you get the 2i2 volume knob to turn green?
Never blow into a microphone, but can you talk loud enough and turn it up to make the 2i2 knob turn red? That’s a good test that tells you how much volume range you have left. A red knob is the upper limit of the 2i2. You should never have production voice with a red knob, but anything up to that is fair game.
There can be some very serious problems with applying layers of corrections to make your voice presentable. Even if you do get it all to work, you can’t change anything. The instant you change the microphone, studio, positioning, etc, you have to go through and reset all the patches. You also have to remember to apply everything and in the right order each time.
It’s strongly recommended that you correct fluffs, mistakes, and word-o’s in real time—right then rather than going back next week sometimes and record corrections. Off-time corrections are difficult for voice professionals to do and a new user with tons of corrections can be super difficult.
To be clear, if you make a fluff, pause with the recorder running and go back and re-read the whole sentence again. In post production, cut out the parts that didn’t work.
Never work on the original recording. Keep raw recordings in archive while you’re editing a copy.
I was expecting David Attenborough, but it’s Karl Pilkington.
Just a static dip in EQ at 130Hz* could suffice to reduce the booth resonance,
but the optimum solution is a dynamic dip at 130Hz* which responds to changes in volume.
This can be done with the free version of TDR Nova …
Even after attenuating the 130Hz* still need to EQ and de-ess
A free auto-EQ plug-in worth having is Focusrite balance,
It has a M(ale) Vocal target, (the default target is “universal”).
[ * there are actually two bassy resonant frequencies: 129Hz & 259Hz, the first is the worst]
I may have over/under corrected somewhat: I’ve got a touch of glue-ear at the moment, (TMI).
There is a wet/dry dial on the right of TDR Nova where you can adjust the correction to taste.
Similarly there is an an intensity slider on Focusrite balancer, (which essentially the same type of control).