In need of an explanation to a five-year-old

I want my recording to sound like it was done in a professional studio for 5 to $10,000. I recorded a voiceover track accompanied by music. There are natural sounds; you know, mouth sounds and stuff like that. I know that the Audacity is capable of eliminating those sounds, but the process is explained in way too difficult a manner. I need the process explained to me, like I’m 5 years old. Please help. But what I need explained to me the same way, first, is this: When I put the recording together, it was in video form, in a You Cut app. So I need to know how to extract the audio from that, in order to mix it in Audacity.

You’ve blown it before you started. The audio in the video will be compressed to reduce the amount of data, which will have irreversibly reduced the sound quality below “professional audio” standard.

Okay. I didn’t know that. I don’t know of any simplistic applications that allow me to put music to a voice over. That video app was very simple to operate. I appreciate the info.

To some extent… I’m not an expert on how to do it, but that kind of thing can be very time consuming and may take a variety of techniques.

AI can probably do it… From what I’ve been reading AI can fake the voice of anybody so I guess you can sound like James Earl Jones!

Professional actors, announcers and singers usually get hired because they are talented and they have a good voice. There is often some processing & editing but talk radio and radio/TV news are live.

I don’t remember the movie, but there is a movie based on a true story about a famous silent movie actress that had a terrible voice. When talking-pictures came-out they tried to replace her voice… I don’t remember how it ends but it doesn’t end well for the actress.

“Links in a chain”… It starts with a good performance, then you need a good microphone, good microphone position, and a good recording interface and a good quiet “studio”. The basic hardware (a microphone and interface) can be had for a couple-hundred dollars. Presumably you already have a computer and for a basic on or two microphone setup, that’s the biggest equipment expense. There are also some very good solid state recorders available at reasonable cost. Or most smart phones usually have good microphones and they can make good recorders. You need to somehow mount the phone for good positioning and possibly isolate it from vibration. One weakness of a phone that it picks-up background noise from all directions. Most studio mics are directional so they pick-up a little-less noise.

And noise is the main difference between recording in a home studio and a soundproof studio. Soundproofing means major construction/re-construction. Many people do successfully record audiobooks and do other voiceover work from home studios but it’s not easy to meet the noise requirements.

I have serious doubt that AI can replace a James Earl Jones. I do know that audacity can remove noise completely. At least the way I was told to do it. I have some recordings that fooled an agent. And yes the talent is extremely important. My Android has a Dolby microphone. I don’t think the greatest XLR can compete. But an agent of mine requires a recording studio and I guess that means traditional recording studio, although in my estimation I have an untraditional recording studio. I appreciate the info though.

Adobe Enhance is still free … Enhance Speech from Adobe | Free AI filter for cleaning up spoken audio
but you must give it the voice alone, (not voice + music).

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