Below are links to a sample file, before, and then what I did with envelope tool.
Is there another option to reduce this blare on certain words? I’ve just been reducing the max with envelope. Mostly it’s okay, but if I play with it too much you can tell the air sound is increasing.
I have lots of voice segments across a 10 minute sound board that max out like this. I’m trying to get the best volume I can without having blaring speakers/headphones. Hence why I’m sniping off only the max levels.
So what I did is I ran a compression of -12 db 2:1, and that actually increased everything (I thought compression was supposed to decrease peaks). Then I deamplified it by -1db a half dozen to ten times and thats better.
It’s probably fine. Compressor has gone through many changes since the last time I needed it. It used to be a very manual tool and you had to be a violinist to use it. I’m surprised it made you reset the output levels after it did its job. It’s possible your standard level and it’s target output level are different. Did it give you an output level slider?
So I ended up just manually enveloping every spiked consonant in Sony Vegas. Doing 30 seconds took me about 15 minutes. But with copying dead air on another audio track that runs concurrently, you can’t even tell it was manipulated, since the air stays constant and only certain syllables are lowered.
I figured why not do it in Vegas since that’s where it’ll have to go anywhere. I also like Vegas’ envelope tool better than Audacity’s, the waypoints seem more straightforward and more intuitive to use.