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Chris Borges
Please Review This VO Breakdown...
on Jul 24, 2011 at 6:48:09 pm

Afternoon Folks!

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?

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Chris Borges
Re: Please Review This VO Breakdown...
on Jul 27, 2011 at 11:06:07 pm


Upon further investigation into the process, I'm finding that all those high peaks that seems to shoot upward from a generally even waveform is because of sibilance.

I played the wave form back and those peaks ONLY occur during those instances when I'm saying a strong "S" sound.

I already have a vocal enhancer applied early on, which seems not to help to much. Anything I can do to reduce those issues so I can maximize my headroom while lowering those sibilance peaks?


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Please Review This VO Breakdown...
on Aug 10, 2011 at 4:02:40 pm

Hi Chris -

While I don't have it open at the moment, there should be a setting/patch called De-esser, which is made to do just what you need to do - reduce the sibilance of the VO.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media

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