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What is Normalization For Voice-Over? When Should I Use it?

recording levels Nov 26, 2023

What is normalization for Voice-Over? If you record voice-overs, when should you use it? When shouldn't you use it? One of the uses for normalization is to help you get a proper voice-over recording level. Once you understand how your voice-over recording signal flow works, you will see a case where normalization might come in handy.

Normalizing increases or decreases the Input Gain Level. The entire selection is affected. Normalization identifies the highest peak of the selected region and sets that peak to a desired level (target). It does not modify the tone or sound of the file in any way. Normalization can be used to get an optimum Voice-Over recording level (peaking at -6 dB). However, using your preamp’s input gain to reach a -6 dB peak will yield better overall quality (especially for more significant changes). Normalizing doesn’t increase or decrease the signal-to-noise ratio of a file that has already been recorded. But getting a proper recording level WILL help you get the best signal-to-noise ratio for your production.

Achieving a proper voice-over recording level is a common challenge, especially among beginning voice-over artists. I've written an affordable and quick video training course that shows you how to get a great voice-over recording level every time! You'll learn why a proper recording level is critical for eng voice recording quality.

What Is A Custom Preset And Why Do I Need One?

A custom processing preset for your voice-over is a series of plugins explicitly tuned for your voice, in your room, and on your microphone. If you want to compete in today's voice-over world, you must ensure that your demos and auditions are extraordinary. Voice-over artists at every experience level from all over the world are fighting to win work. However, if you don't have a professional sound, you will lose out to someone who does.

Custom voice-over processing presets can take your audio presentation quality to the level necessary to compete with the pros. Instead of taking it upon yourself to tweak the parameters like EQ, compression, DeEssing, and saturation to name a few, you can hire a professional voice-over audio engineer to create it for you. Once you have the custom preset on your system, you have "The Sound" every time you press the record button. The investment pays for itself with the money and time saved. Here are the top reasons why they are so popular:

  1. A custom processing preset lets you focus on your strengths, leaving more time for pitching your voice-over and less time stumbling with engineering.
  2. A custom processing preset gives you the confidence necessary to help you perform your best.
  3. A custom processing preset allows you to outshine the competition, win more auditions, and get more work.


Demo Your Custom Voice-Over Preset Sound Free!

Once you submit your voice for processing, you will be notified if your audio recording quality needs improvement or if it's ready for prime time. If your production quality needs improvement, you will be offered suggestions to help identify and resolve any issues before being asked to resubmit audio. On the other hand, if your audio recording quality is up to par, you will receive a sample of your custom-tuned processed sound to review for free. 

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