Normalizing Voice Over – The Last Thing You Want to Do

Normalizing Digital Recording of Voice Over

Tame those “spikes” in your audio with Limiter effect

When you’re recording voice over you want to use my “Goldilocks” theory of recording: Not to Hot or the sound will clip and distort.  And not too Cold or your voice will compete with the noise floor of the recording.  And you want to err on the conservative side of a lower recording.  So you often end up with a recording with a lower volume than the optimum.

Many talents try to fix this by “Normalizing” the final recording.  But if there are volume “spikes” in your waveform, normalizing can have little effect–or actually turn down the volume of your recording.  This video shows how to do it properly by adding an effect called a “Limiter”.

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3 Responses to Normalizing Voice Over – The Last Thing You Want to Do

  1. Hernán Soto says:

    Which DAW are you using for this example? Thank you.

    • I use MOTU Digital Performer but the concept is the same in any DAW. I also use Audacity often to audition. Many limiters allow you to set the ceiling as well so they function as “limiter/normalizers” and you don’t need the normalizing step.

  2. Jack McCabe says:

    Nice job Mr. Williams. I enjoyed your talk and learned some stuff.
    Ive been acting for 25 yrs – stage, film & TV. Trying to get some VO work
    in case I end up with a walker the next few years.
    My agent lists VO but doesn’t have a great deal of contacts.
    Her specialty is TV – she was a Casting Director for Mary Tyler Moore’s production company.

    Anyway, I’d like to catch-up on all your stuff. But, for now Thx !!

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