Make narration warmer, maybe boost bass?

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Make narration warmer, maybe boost bass?

Post by LivingInternet » Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:47 pm

(UPDATE 2018-11-04: A consolidated posting of all the effects I ended up applying can be found in this post Voice improvement - consolidated effects.)

Hi, the attached has been equalized, normalized, de-clicked, and sped up 16 percent. Audacity has helped it sound much better than the original me ;-) However, it is part of nine hours of a course voice over, and I'd like it to be as "warm" and welcoming as possible to keep people over a sustained period.

The excerpt attached sounds a bit mechanical to me. I occasionally get comments it does not sound "engaging". I'd really appreciate any expert advice on how to improve it. I'm thinking adding bass, but am not an Audacity expert, so not sure the best approach and settings. Any thoughts on adding bass or other improvements to help make this something people would be glad to listen to for a long time?

(As thanks for this and previous assistance, here are 12 free coupons for the current course on Udemy, as far as I know the leading online course on practical implementation of the standard PMI best practices: https://www.udemy.com/deeply-practical- ... e=AUDACITY - please let me know if posting this is not appropriate.)
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Re: Make narration warmer, maybe boost bass?

Post by Trebor » Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:08 am

LivingInternet wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:47 pm
... Any thoughts on adding bass or other improvements to help make this something people would be glad to listen to for a long time?
I'd make it smoother by compressing the dynamic range.
After compression, sibilance will be even louder so de-essing will be required.
The combination of compression then de-essing will make it sound more bassy ...

Before-After, compression THEN de-essing.flac
Before & After both normalized to -3dB , (After is louder because it's compressed)
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Re: Make narration warmer, maybe boost bass?

Post by LivingInternet » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:20 pm

Thanks. If I wanted to just lower my voice, make it deeper, what I call "adding bass" although I'm not sure that is the right description, can I do that?

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Re: Make narration warmer, maybe boost bass?

Post by LivingInternet » Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:08 pm

Thanks, I found the answer, by some user named Trebor :-) here:
viewtopic.php?f=63&t=99482#p345163

I found reducing pitch by 5 percent was perfect. No unnatural distortion, but adds exactly the kind of deeper voice that makes it particularly pleasant to listen to.

All best - Bill.

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Re: Make narration warmer, maybe boost bass?

Post by Trebor » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:23 pm

LivingInternet wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:08 pm
I found reducing pitch by 5 percent was perfect.
As a consequence of doing that there will be reduction of high frequencies, correctable with EQ ...

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Re: Make narration warmer, maybe boost bass?

Post by LivingInternet » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:03 pm

Thanks.

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Re: Make narration warmer, maybe boost bass?

Post by Trebor » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:06 am

LivingInternet wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:47 pm
... it is part of nine hours of a course voice over ... Any thoughts on adding bass or other improvements to help make this something people would be glad to listen to for a long time?
If you can afford the luxury of (pseudo)stereo soundtrack,
IMO that's more interesting than plain mono for those listening on headphones ...
Before-After, Before-After, Before-After.flac
Afters are compressed, de-essed, pitch-shifted-5%, stereofied with Ozone imager plugin
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Re: Make narration warmer, maybe boost bass?

Post by LivingInternet » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:29 am

Interesting, thanks.

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Re: Make narration warmer, maybe boost bass?

Post by LivingInternet » Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:32 pm

I'm trying to play around with the Ozone Imager, however I cannot find any useful help documentation. Could be poor searching skills. What I have found on the web appears to be for different software than the plugin.

As best I can tell, there are two settings, Width, and Amount. Is that basically what I play with?

Do you have suggestions on settings for those to obtain nice narration enhancement?

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Re: Make narration warmer, maybe boost bass?

Post by kozikowski » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:21 pm

Remember, you're asking for opinions.

I just played your original clip way up at the top and it sounds like you're trying to force-read your voice lower than it wants to go. Instead of a pleasant vocal range you're missing the bottom few notes. It turns into vocal effects instead of voice tones. It's your version of "vocal fry."

'What project management DOES." "Does" is not in your normal voice range and that can be uncomfortable to listen to.

You might try reading in what would be your normal pitch range and then apply corrections.

Did you use Effect > Change Speed? That one causes the least digital sound damage, but it raises your voice pitch. I think you should just read faster in your normal voice. Yes, DeEssing is needed. You have slightly punchy SS sounds.

You can sometimes get a more ballsy announcer voice by getting closer to a directional microphone. Make good use of Proximity Effect. That can encourage P Popping, so push the microphone slightly to one side instead of reading direct-on. That can also make reading the script easier. I once played two different people by doing that. A man and a woman!

We also note "make me sound like an announcer" is a popular request. There is no effective formula which is why this thread seems to be a laundry list of effects and corrections. We also note that some corrections in this list are necessary to correct damage from other corrections.

Koz

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