I have done a VO mix in Adobe Soundbooth. With the help of an engineer giving me pointers, a few web tutorials, and a little experimenting on my own, I think I've got a pretty good mix I'm happy with. Now, I just want to do a final tweak and develop a "best practices" method for doing these types of VO projects in the future.
Please take a look at this breakdown of my project work flow:
1.Applied Vocal Enhancer - Default
2.Applied Normalize process
3.Appled Reduce Noise process
4.Applied Compressor for Voice - Subtle
5.Applied EQ Graphic: Bass Management
6.Applied Mastering: Hot - Mild
7.Applied Convolution Reverb effect
My first question is, what order should the final work flow be in? I was thinking I should possibly move things like reverb higher in the list and save the mastering step till last. What do you think?
Secondly, please take a look at this screen shot of the before and after.
The first is after I've compressed it (Step 4 above). You'll see that the dynamics seem to even out. However, in the second screen shot they seem to be off balance by the end. Is this normal?