How to Make Your Voice Sound Better in Audacity [4 EASY Steps]

How to Make Your Voice Sound Better in Audacity [4 EASY Steps]
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    Hey this is Eduard Stinga from VideoPlasty
    And welcome to this tutorial on how to improve your voiceovers in just a couple of minutes
    By using a free piece of software called Audacity
    And don't worry, you don't even have to understand exactly what you're doing, all you have to
    do is follow these super simple steps and your voiceover is gonna sound ten times better!
    In this tutorial I'm gonna focus more on the post-production and what you do in Audacity
    But obviously, you wanna have the basics covered as well
    So you wanna use a super high quality microphone
    In my case, I'm using a Blue Yeti microphone, which is absolutely amazing, I highly recommend
    you get one as well
    And you might wanna add a pop filter in there as well, to block some weird sounds like P's
    and breaths and stuff like that
    And you also want to record in a quiet environment, where you don't have like weird sounds coming
    from other rooms, you don't have people talking in the background
    And you wanna turn off fridges, ACs, and you don't wanna hear even the fan of the computer,
    for example
    So let's get started!
    I'm actually gonna record a couple of seconds which we're gonna edit and you'll see the
    before and after
    "Hey, this is Eduard Stinga and welcome to another VideoPlasty tutorial!"
    Alright, so whenever you record, you wanna leave a couple of seconds in the beginning
    or at the end, it doesn't matter, like a buffer time
    Because you wanna use this to see if you have any background noise
    And to actually do some noise reduction
    So let's have a look
    Yea, I'm not sure if you can actually hear that in the YouTube recording, but there is
    some background noise here, even if it seems like a flat line, you can actually hear it
    with headphones
    You wanna instruct Audacity that this is the background noise type that you wanna record,
    it's like a constant "ssssss" in the background
    And the way you do that, you select this, first of all, and you go to effect and you
    go to noise reduction
    And click on this button right here that says "Get Noise Profile"
    So Audacity can learn about the type of noise you have in the background
    And once you do that, you wanna clean the entire voiceover now, so you just click anywhere
    to deselect or just select all of it then, doesn't matter
    And go to Effects -> Noise Reduction and just do it again
    Actually no, this time just leave the settings by default as they are here, doesn't matter
    too much and just click OK
    And in our case, the background noise wasn't too bad
    But if you have a really bad background noise, the difference is gonna be significant
    So the next thing you wanna do is you wanna use Compressor and what that does is it compresses
    the highs of the recording, so you can amplify the whole thing later without peaking it
    And just leave pretty much all of those by default and the only thing that matters pretty
    much is just the Threshold, you wanna have it at like, let's say -15dB, that should be
    And let's click OK
    Alright and the next part is actually my favourite part in the process, it's Equalization
    And you wanna amplify the highs and the lows a bit and it's just gonna give it some extra
    richness, it's gonna make it sound like that radio voice
    And yea, it's really cool
    So just go here to Bass Boost, and to be honest, if you're a woman recording your voiceover,
    you might not wanna do a bass boost, because it's gonna make your voice sound a bit manlier,
    but you know, it's up to you, give it a go, play around with it, see how it sounds
    So leave everything else the same, just select bass boost, click OK
    And it already did a lot to the voiceover
    And let's do that again
    Equalization, but this time you wanna work with the highs, so just do a Treble Boost
    this time
    And the final step in the process is you want to Normalize the whole thing and what this
    does, it basically makes it as loud as possible without peaking, as you can see here
    So yea, let's just leave it to -1dB, that should be fine
    Let's click OK
    Now, let's give it a go and see how it sounds
    "Hey, this is Eduard Stinga and welcome to another VideoPlasty tutorial!"
    Alright, I think that sounds super, super good!
    Now let's check the original recording and see how that sounds
    "Hey, this is Eduard Stinga and welcome to another VideoPlasty tutorial!"
    "Hey, this is Eduard Stinga and welcome to another VideoPlasty tutorial!"
    Alright, I think that is a huge improvement
    You can do this as well on your own, it only takes a couple of minutes and it's definitely
    worth the effort
    Even if you don't understand what you're doing, just follow these super simple steps and you're
    good to go!
    Alright, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, be sure to hit the like button and subscribe
    to this channel for more tutorials
    And also really important, be sure to share this tutorial with someone that needs it,
    because just doing something as simple as this, as improving the voiceover quality of
    your video, it's gonna bring the quality of your video to the next level and it's gonna
    make it look and sound much more professionally
    And yea, that's pretty much it
    This was Eduard Stinga, from VideoPlasty
    I hope you enjoyed it and I'll see you soon!
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