Strengthening vocal recordings

Hey guys,

Im trying to record my voice to sound like “Justin Bieber” in this youtube clip., and of course replacing it with my own name. however i am unable to get my voice to sound of decent quality. when i cut out their justin bieber from their song, and compare it to mine, mine is really weak. after changing pitch, speed, and adding a flanging effect, im not sure what to do to ‘beef’ up the audio to sound more presentable. Any ideas?

Commercial recordings have compression applied to sound more “dense” and “loud.” You can get something of the same effect with Audacity’s Effect > Compressor, but the grand champ of this kind of effect is Chris’s Compressor.

Chris’s Compressor

Chris’s tool was designed to be “musical” and it can be configured to make your voice louder and denser without significantly affecting the musical quality.


The compressor effect built into Audacity 1.3.x is pretty good - much better than the version that was in the old Audacity 1.2

Do i just use the default settings on the compressor?

That would be a good place to start - try it out and if you don’t like the result, use “Undo” from the “Edit” menu (or Ctrl+Z) and try adjusting the settings.
The manual page for the compressor is here: