Reducing Color/Warmth in a Voice Over

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Jan 14, 2021 Jan 14, 2021

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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!

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

I've had a try:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/40wkeha6wjek5hd/Sample%2048000%201_01.wav?dl=0

 

Here's the settings after I normalised the volume:

Rack_Effect_-_FFT_Filter_and_Rack_Effect_-_Parametric_Equalizer_and_Adobe_Audition.jpg

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?

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 15, 2021 Jan 15, 2021

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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...

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Jan 15, 2021 Jan 15, 2021

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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:

https://larryjordan.com/articles/eq-warm-a-voice-and-improve-diction/

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.

 

 

Best regards, Euan.

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Jan 15, 2021 Jan 15, 2021

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DeReverb doesn't, and cannot, remove room tone.

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Jan 15, 2021 Jan 15, 2021

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Hi @jean-marieh41642929 

Perhaps if you would give me a sample of your voice over audio, I could suggest

something more specific.

 

Best regards, Euan.

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Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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Here is a sample. I know there is a bit of echo too. 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/34z6ev226h435lp/Sample.wav?dl=0

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Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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Thank you, I'll take a listen.

 

Best regards, Euan.

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I've had a try:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/40wkeha6wjek5hd/Sample%2048000%201_01.wav?dl=0

 

Here's the settings after I normalised the volume:

Rack_Effect_-_FFT_Filter_and_Rack_Effect_-_Parametric_Equalizer_and_Adobe_Audition.jpg

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?

 

Best regards, Euan.

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Jan 22, 2021 Jan 22, 2021

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Hi, just following up to see if that helped?

 

Best regards, Euan.

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Feb 01, 2021 Feb 01, 2021

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Yes, very helpful. Tinkering with it now. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Feb 01, 2021 Feb 01, 2021

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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. 

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Feb 02, 2021 Feb 02, 2021

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Great! Thank you for getting back to me and letting me know it worked for you 🙂

 

Best regards, Euan.

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