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Steve Marce
Correct order of operations for post processing of dialogues
on Apr 3, 2016 at 11:25:23 pm
Last Edited By Steve Marce on Apr 3, 2016 at 11:32:17 pm

Hey guys,
What is the correct order of operations for the post processing of vocals- dialogues & VO; i.e, normalisation, Noise reduction, compression, EQ... I know it depends on the requirement and from case to case, but generally speaking what is the correct sequence in which these operations should be performed..?

What i figured out and concluded after some research and the way I am planning to go about it is:

1.) First to normalize the dialogue track,
2.) Then remove the DC offset,
3.) Then remove all the clicks and pops,
4.) Then remove the background noise by doing the noise reduction process,
5.) Then compress the dialogue track,
6.) Then do the EQ,
7.) Then add some reverb to it,
8.) And then finally applying the hard limiter.

Is this alright or am I missing something here or anything else in general...

There are many different opinions on this on various forums and websites... Some say to do the EQ first, then the NR, then compression and finally normalisation... Some have other order...

I am in a big fix here guys... Any help would be greatly appreciated. I wanna be sure before I go for it.

Best,
Steve


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Chris Wright
Re: Correct order of operations for post processing of dialogues
on Apr 9, 2016 at 4:07:58 pm

there's a million opinions on this. The
best thing you can do is put them in effects rack and
change order. This below is what I do.


I put them in order of non destructive.

1. dc offset - affects dynamic range so this goes first
2. normalize - -6db to see errors easier
3. eq - to lower wind etc before effect processing, high pass eq
4. clicks/hum - notch eq is better.
5. noise reduction - do small passes, not 1 big one at once
6. reverb
7. multiband compression is always 2nd to last step because any other processes affect dynamic range. It should soft limit for you. hard limits are audible and not recommended.
8. match loudness to audio standard - quality control


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Steve Marce
Re: Correct order of operations for post processing of dialogues
on Apr 14, 2016 at 4:42:19 pm

Thanx a tonn man!
Appreciate for reverting back.

Best,
Steve


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