Hi, I know most folks would want as much warmth/color to the voice as possible but the way I have to treat my mobile setup adds too much of it. I know the setup isn't ideal but I have to work with what it is. What would you guys suggest in terms of processing to reduce warmth/color? This is for standard voice over--woman's voice, natural midtone. Thank you!
The warmth in any voice comes in the mid-tones, so that's what you'd have to reduce. A gentle EQ cut between about 300Hz to somewhere around 1.2kHz (rather depending on the actual voice - a sample would help here). The slight snag with this is that anything that sounds like 'warmth' is actually a form of distortion - either in the form of room tone (early reflections from the walls) or introduced during the recording process itself - and that is something you can't remove, because there is no undistorted reference point.
The most important thing to consider in the long run though is how you're making the recordings, and what mic you're using, etc. Getting it right at source will save you processing time, and generally sound more natural anyway...
As @SteveG_AudioMasters_ says use a bit of EQ cut.
This link to a Larry Jordan article explains the how to warm a voice but it shows the technique
and the frequencies to consider.
About half way down the page:
Reduce the levels in these areas.
As Steve says about room tone, it does add to the warmth.
You might be able to reduce this using the DeReverb tool although
some experimentation will be needed and you may not like the result.
DeReverb doesn't, and cannot, remove room tone.
Thank you, I'll take a listen.
I've had a try:
Here's the settings after I normalised the volume:
The FFT filter is to remove any frequencies other than speech.
The green box at node 4 shows a reduction I made to remove
some odd artifacts I could hear.
I added a little Dereverb to help with the echo.
Overall your efforts will be made easier if you record at a higher volume.
Does this help any?
Hi, just following up to see if that helped?
Yes, very helpful. Tinkering with it now. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just tried the Parametic Equalizer setting exactly how you had them on two different files. I don't know how you did it but it's awesome. I increased the gain beforehand and even if you were setting things to compensate for the low volume it still seems to work how you set it.
Great! Thank you for getting back to me and letting me know it worked for you 🙂