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How To Make Your Voice Sound Better In Premiere Pro

How To Make Your Voice Sounds Better In Premiere Pro from Motion Array on Vimeo.

Introduction

Hi Guys! Jordan with motion array and for our tutorials, we do a lot of voice recording.  And over time, we’ve landed on a few setting to try and make our audio sound as good as possible.  So we’re going to be showing you how we take a voice from sounding like we've recorded it like this, to sounding more full, more rich, and more professional like this.  So let’s get into it.

How To Make Your Voice Sounds Better Adobe Premiere Pro

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Before we start tweaking settings, we’re assuming that you have a decent recording to work with in the first place.  It’s hard to try and make audio voice over sound more professional when there’s problems like room echo and popping from certain innunciations.  So before you record just quickly make sure you do some of the following.

Try to record your audio so that it’s sitting at about the -15db range on average.  This will help to make sure that you don’t clip when recording, and gives you some room to play around with in editing.  If you’re having trouble getting rid of room echo, there might be an easy solution try to record inside your closet.  The clothing there tends to act as a natural sound dampener.  And finally, try and record your audio with your mouth from between 1-4 inches away from the microphone.  And by using a pop filter, you can avoid the harsh p’s and t sounds that come with proper enunciation.

Now that we have our recording, let’s take a listen to how it sounds raw.

Okay so it doesn’t sound too bad to start. But it’s a little flat, and I want the overall sound to be a lot more full and rich.  So we’re going to go through a 3 step process. And we’ll start by adding the first effect. Dynamics Processing.

Search in your audio effects panel for Dynamics Processings.  And now in your effects controls panel, you should see that the effect is present.  Click on edit to bring up your window here to actually start to play around with this effect.  Before you actually get going with tweaking things, what can help is to isolate the piece of audio that you’re making adjustments to.  To keep it on a loop, simply go to the beginning with your playhead, and hit the I key, then go to the end point of this audio, and hit the o key.  With your in and out points set, now go up to your program monitor, click the plus icon here in the corner, and find the looping icon which is a triangle inside of a square.  Drag and drop that onto your buttons tab here and now when we hit this button, we can make our audio loop between our in and out points forever.

Now let’s go back to our dynamics processing effect.  This effect is actually quite simple and we won’t need to spend much time with it.  You might think that looking through the presets and choosing something like voiceover would be a great solution, but unfortunately, it’s not actually what we’re really going for.  Instead, I’m going to keep the default settings and simply take the point that’s here above -20db, and raise it up slightly. Then I’m going to do the same thing, to a slightly lesser degree, by clicking to create a new point at around -60db.  I would also suggest playing your audio on loop during this process so that you can hear how you’re changing your audio, and whether or not it’s actually changing to your liking. Everyone’s voice is different, so it’s possible that the settings that I’m using here might benefit from a bit of extra tweaking for your voice in particular.

We’re done with that first effect, so let’s move on to the next one.  Search for multiband compressor. Click edit to open it up and you’re going to simply select the first preset for broadcast.  What you should immediately notice is that your voice should get much much louder. So you can combat this right off the bat by either decreasing the output gain here, or the overall volume of your clip.  Personally, I’m also wanting to make my voice sound much more deep, bassy, and authoritative. So i’m just going to increase the threshold a bit in this low to mid range here. And then only ever so slightly this section here.  Lastly, I’m just going to move this marker here to the left so that our boost to the mid to low section actually includes a little more of the deeper end.

Great! We’re almost there.  Just one more effect to go and it’s called that parametric equalizer.  Drag and drop it onto your audio and click the edit button to start working with it.  Believe it or not, we’re actually going to use a preset for this next one. Go to your presets section and choose vocal enhancer.  This should get you pretty close to where you need to go, but by using these frequency and gain sliders, you can manipulate the curves here so that, for example, we boost our bass a bit more, and have a smoother curve into our mid-range vocals.  And with all that out of the way, let’s take a listen to the before and after.

It’s really subtle, but this can help take your voiceovers or narration to the next level of quality.  And here’s the best part! Now you can highlight all three of these effects by holding control or command and clicking, and then right click and go to save preset.  Name it whatever you want, and now the next time you need to boost your voice over, the whole process is a simple click and drag from your preset section.

Well, that concludes this tutorial. I hope you found it helpful, if you did, please give us a thumbs up and if you’d like to see more tutorials please go ahead and subscribe because we’re making new ones all the time.  I hope you guys found it helpful.  If you did, we’ve got lots of other Premiere Pro tutorialsAfter Effects tutorials and filmmaking tutorials!

Thanks for watching and see you in the next video.

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