One of the most important things you can do to improve the production value of your video and film projects is to make sure your audio is top-notch. And to do that, you probably need to loudness normalize to the right standard or recommendation for your intended distribution (web, mobile, TV, etc.) And to effectively loudness normalize, you will usually need to do a little compression.
But doing compression can be frustrating at first. I’ve produced a lot of pieces with audio compression that was poorly done.
So in this episode, let’s take another look at dialogue audio compression and some of the things you can do to keep it sounding natural and not over-done.
Some Free Compressor plugins that have RMS control law and/or soft knee features:
dlm sixtyfive (RMS, softknee compressor, VST): http://www.vst4free.com/free_vst.php?plugin=dlM_sixtyfive&id=1780
TDR KokeInikov (RMS, softknee compressor various formats for Mac and PC): http://www.tokyodawn.net/tdr-kotelnikov/
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Gear used to produce this episode:
Tascam DR-60DmkII Audio Field Recorder
B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1084690-REG/tascam_dr_60mkii_portable_recorder_for_dslr.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/TADR60DMKII/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xTADR60DMKII
Shure SM-58 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone (used for voice over)
B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/68463-REG/Shure_SM58_LC_SM58_LC_Cardioid_Dynamic.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/SHSM58LC/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xSHSM58LC
Audio Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/642499-REG/Audio_Technica_AT4053B_AT4053b_Hypercardioid_Condenser_Microphone.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/AUAT4053B/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xAUAT4053B
Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP Audio Interface
B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/654238-REG/Focusrite_SAFFIRE_PRO_24_DSP_Saffire_PRO_24_DSP.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/FOSP24DSP/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xFOSP24DSP
RØDE NTG4+ Shotgun Microphone (used only in the intro clip and I think there may be an issue with my copy. Working with RØDE to resolve…)
B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1115089-REG/rode_rodntg4plus_ntg4_shotgun_microphone_with.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/RONTG4P/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xRONTG4P
Music copyright Curtis Judd 2012
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