Audio Correction and Music Masking

Voice Over on Condenser Microphone

Here’s the problem: A voice over track has artifacts (e.g., plosives, mouth clicks, breaths) and sounds a bit muddy and strident, with a noticeable lack of presence.  The track was recorded on a Zoom H4 (wav/16bit) using a large diaphragm condenser mic (Sterling SP150).

ORIGINAL RECORDING 

 


THE FIX 

The target end-use environment for this audio: Listened to on a mobile device in a relatively noisy museum environment.

  • Using iZotope RX6: Applied spectral de-noise, de-plosive, de-mouth click.
  • EQ curve: Rolled off low end and high end, slight boost in 200Hz range, slight boost at 2-4kHz.
  • Using Audacity: Applied compression 3:1 ratio at around -12dB.

 


THE FIX (ADDED MUSIC SCORING TO HELP MASK VOICE QUALITY ISSUES)

  • Added slight reverb to give the voice some air and lift it out of the music bed.