Playing back your voice recording and not hearing the pristine quality you expected is a common occurrence. It happens to most voice over artists, streamers, producers, and podcasters. Even more frustrating is being disappointed still, after upgrading to a high end (expensive) microphone. EQ is one of the popular tools that comes to the rescue. When using EQ to address an issue with a voice recording, you first identify the band that you want to work with, then decide which EQ tools you’d like to use to manipulate the bands. But, Identifying which bands needed to repair the problem requires some experience and a trained producer’s ear.
Below is a guide to help you target common offending voice frequencies according to what you may be hearing. It can also help train your ear to eventually become a seasoned producer yourself. Below are just a few of the most common frequency bands that affect voice audio. (Gain levels of...
If you’re looking for a good budget microphone to record your voice for podcasting, voice overs, vlogs, or streaming, you might consider the very popular audio-technica AT2020. In this video, you will hear this entry level budget mic in action on voice. Most importantly, you will be able to hear the sound of the mic before and after professional studio recording techniques and professional audio processing.
If you are thinking of adding a dynamic microphone to your collection, you've probably considered the Shure SM7B. It's a classic broadcast microphone and has been a standard for voice over artists, podcasters, radio announcers and streamers for years. Now, Shure has released a new take on the classic called the MV7 that can be used as both a USB microphone (with corresponding app including many features), and a standard XLR connection. In this video I explore the sound of the MV7 on voice with EQ and see how it measures up.
In this video I illustrate how to optimize the sound of a recorded voice using an only a standard channel EQ (Apple Logic Pro) to get a big, bold, warm, smooth professional voice sound. This male voice was recorded with the Shure SM7B and was captured directly to a Zoom H6 Recorder. The voice was recorded In a medium size, partially treated room, a real-life scenario. Knowing how to properly EQ can optimize the sound of any voice, on any microphone, in any room. You can even make a budget microphone sound much more expensive.
One of my channel subscribers produces a YouTuber and asked for my help to optimize the voice over he’s working with. I asked him to send me the raw audio file (unprocessed) so I could processes it for him with EQ, compression, etc… He felt that the voice over quality he was getting was “lacking clarity,” had an “unpleasant high,” and he wanted a low/thickness added to the sound. He also described that her voice volume was trailing off at the end of her words. In this video, I walk through the DAW steps I suggest to achieve the Big, Bold, Professional sound he’s after.