I have a short clip from an upcoming commentary for youtube and I was wondering if someone here could take it put it in audacity and tweak it to make it sound a bit better and then let me know what settings you used? Cos I am having a hard time finding the sweet spot.
I don’t want a magic fix for my voice that will make it vastly better. I want slight improvements that make my audio sound more connected to me and not like it came from a mic. Less airy or washed out sounding.
Slightly tighter and deeper, so it sounds like a voice rather than a voice recorded with a mic. Hard explain but I think you know what I mean
What are you using for a microphone? “Airy and Washed out” is usually desirable for a voice, particularly if you have hum and room problems. See: 120Hz. That’s microphone buzz and distortion.
The reason we’ve been all over the map with this is you have two competing problems. You want to take your perfect, soundproof studio, broadcast voice recording and equalize it to sound like Don LaFontaine. The problem is you don’t have a studio recording, you have a thin, hummy, buzzy, whispy recording and anything we do to help the voice, is going to seriously boost the noises. This is why people still rent sound studios. The rental fees are far cheaper than the hours of post production needed to patch together a non-studio recording.
As you found, Noise Removal is not a gift from the angels and Trebor’s custom notch filter does a much better job. All you need is him to do one for each of your productions.
So what are you using for a microphone and what does your room sound like?
If you put an expensive microphone into a kitchen, you will usually get a very good quality recording with excellent quality kitchen echoes.
We sent an audio engineer to an actor’s house to get a voice track. The actor had a Post Modern house with all polished wood and no carpets. It was a nightmare. He came back looking like somebody laid a beatin’ on him vowing to get into a different line of work.