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James Canning
Compression use on a Voice track
on Jun 26, 2008 at 6:24:05 am

I'm just wondering if there's any advice on the use of compression for a voice track? (meaning, when two people are talking?) especially when the scene goes quieter with their speech.

I understand that compression helps control the peaks, but how can it help bring up the lows? What kind of attack and release should be used?

I've tried this in the past, and the results have been pretty bad.... so any help would be great!
thanks.



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Ty Ford
Re: Compression use on a Voice track
on Jun 26, 2008 at 11:57:36 pm

Hello James and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum,

You're probably better adjusting gain on the tracks. Using compression can help, but it can also make things noisier.

Regards,

Ty Ford

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James Canning
Re: Compression use on a Voice track
on Jun 27, 2008 at 12:07:33 am

Thanks Ty,

I can see in practise that this would be the best method on record, however I'm in post now and wondering if using a compressor would help?





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Ty Ford
Re: Compression use on a Voice track
on Jun 27, 2008 at 12:20:50 am

Depends on how uneven the levels are and how loud the room tone is.

I mix and also use compression and limiting.

Regards,

Ty Ford

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James Canning
Re: Compression use on a Voice track
on Jun 27, 2008 at 12:29:15 am

I suppose what I'm trying to get advice on, is there a ballpark rule for setting a compressor for a voice track?

From what I've tried, the attack and release seems to confuse me an make things worse. Or to bring quiet passages up, should I have a low threshold on the compressor and if so, how should the attack and release be? I'm a bit confused...

Ideally, riding gain would be the best, but not always possible, like I've just learned...
Any advice would be great!



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Ty Ford
Re: Compression use on a Voice track
on Jun 27, 2008 at 1:10:52 am

Oh,

1 mSec Attack
5 mSec release
3:1 ratio
enough threshold to get about 3-5 dB of gain reduction

Regards,

Ty




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James Canning
Re: Compression use on a Voice track
on Jun 27, 2008 at 1:19:39 am

thanks, will give it a shot!



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