Identify and suggest plugins used in this recording?

Moderator note: Moved to “Audio Processing”


Could you help identify effects/plugins used in this track (test_tiv). I am not exactly sure if this is possible without having original raw file. It is a part of Youtube video made by well known youtuber. I love the way this sounds and would like to (to some extent of course) be able to master my vocals this way. I am not sure if this is a problem, however, recording is not in English. Judging by the login I believe ‘kozikowski’ might know a little bit about this language :slight_smile:

I have also attached sample of my own recording while using AT2020USB+, recorded with Audacity 2.0.5 (test_me). Would you be able to suggest plugins/setting to achieve similar effect to the other recording? I do understand that quality of my voice is not even close and I am not tryig to copy the other person. Also, is there anything else technically wrong with my recording?

I am not entirely sure whether the category wher I started this topic is correct. If not, I am really sorry.

Thanks for your help.

I got done herding my goats early and listened to your clip.

I made an equalization curve custom for your voice (attached).

His microphone is crisper than yours and I can’t fully correct that without bringing up the hiss (fffff) on your clip.

If you do that again, post ten seconds of mono, high-quality WAV instead of MP3. Never do production in MP3. MP3 intentionally creates sound damage and you can’t stop it. It’s permanent and gets worse as you do post production.

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As Koz wrote, he’s using a better microphone which is both crisper and has more “depth”.
There’s probably very little processing on his voice other than a bit of dynamic range compression.
I’d suggest applying a little compression to your recording after applying EQ along the lines of what Koz described.

Here is a very quick “before and after” processing:

(sorry, not much time to work on this, but I think you’ll get the general idea)

Wow, I did not expected custom equalization curve - Big Thank You!

Everything I record is always recorded in wav. The only reason I posted mp3 files was the 2MB limit. I will try to post shorter clips next time. I must admit I forgot about mono which could make file size significantly smaller. As you suggested, first recording was done with good quality XLR microphone + Scarlett 2i4 interface.

I will play with Audacity tonight and see what I can do with those advices. Again, thank you very much for your help.


Do you mean the “test_me.mp3” file?
What was the mic?

You can “import” equalization curves , rather than having to draw them, see …
Audacity Manual [ see “Manage Curves” at bottom of that page ].

horzy.xml (17.7 KB)
''Horzy'' Eq curve.png

The optimum EQ will be somewhere between the curve above , and Koz’s curve below ,
i.e. you may wish to flatten some of the jagged peaks in the curve above , (e.g. @ 3500Hz) .
Koz's suggested EQ.png

It was whipped out on a dead run. The equalizer didn’t even follow me, see the two different curves at the extreme low end. It was listen and get close.

You could get even closer by reading slightly slower. No filters needed. If it’s a highly directional microphone, getting slightly closer will improve the low end, being careful not to pop your P sounds by getting too close.


I bet if you did it just right, the pro presenter could “hand it off” to you in a different studio and nobody would know. I don’t hear any clues or problems that would suggest it was recorded in a garage.


Sorry for causing confusion. I was referring to first file - target recording (test_tiv). As far as I know microphone used by this person is Oktava MK-319. I’m not familiar with those microphones so can’t really say anything else. As stated above, it is plugged in to Scarlett 2i4 interface. Second file (test_me) was recorded on fairly inexpensive AT2020 USB+.

Thanks for the tip. I know you can import/export curves but Koz uploaded screenshot so there is no way import that :slight_smile: Also, thanks for your EQ curve. Could you tell me how did you came up with this? I understand it was not done manually considering amount of points on the curve. Or am I wrong?

Once more, thanks for the help. I have played a little bit with the curve you posted above. It definitely sounds better than ever before. Also, thanks for all the extra tips.


Not manually : I used an experimental plugin Steve made “SpectrumToEqCurve” which derives an equalization-curve from a frequency-analysisHarmonize 2 audio sounds - #5 by Trebor

Thanks for the link. I didn’t know you can do that :slight_smile: I will look in to this.