I am new here, so firstly nice to meet you all.
I have recently started doing voiceovers from home, and am trying to get the best setup I can. I’m still grappling with the best way to process my audio once I record it.
I am using Audition and an Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone, a Behringer UMC22 and an IsoVox 2 in order to record. Yet when I do my compression, hard limiter, EQ and normalise to around -1db (which is what voices.com told me I need to do to be consistent with other VO talents), I find that the silence in my recordings is suddenly pretty noisy.
So, I have a few questions:
- Is there a ‘right’ order to do the above steps?
- Should I do noise reduction first or last in the workflow? Or not at all?
- What in general is the best way to do compression? I seem to be making things worse, having watched LOADS of videos and tried to learn it well.
- Should I use a hard limiter separately?
- Is there a way to do my compression that levels out the peaks in the speech, but doesn’t add gain to the ‘silence’?
- Is there anyone out there who might be able to help me on a live video call to see exactly what I am doing (but I don’t have a fortune to spend on the session)
I hope you can help with my rookie questions. I am not a technical person by background on this, so I am learning.