Making Your Voice Sound Professional Using Audacity

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So I thought it best not to leave you hanging on how to edit your voice in Audacity and make it sound sexy, or more accurately, more like a professional studio recording. This follows on from yesterday’s post about podcasting and video creation.

If you are wondering what software to use for your voice recordings, then I would definitely suggest you download Audacity now. It’s free software, and has been for many years, and it really does do everything you would need.

But let’s get straight into it. Once you have recorded your voice you will need to go through a series of effects in order to make it sound better. I would suggest creating a macro for this process so you don’t have to repeat it every time. Once the macro has been created you can simply go to Tools >> Apply Macro and click on the one you created. It then goes through all of the steps automatically.

These used to be called Effect Chains in Audacity so if you are reading someone else’s blog post instead of mine, firstly shame on you, and secondly, when they mention Effect Chain, just know that it is now a Macro.

Below is an example. The first sample is straight voice recording, the second is after the application of the effects.

Before effects
After effects

Creating a Macro in Audacity

Go to Tools >> Macros…

Click the New button and give your Macro a name like “Make me sexy” (yes it requires a computer program to do that for me).

Now you just need to click the Insert button and choose each of the effects and settings that I mention below, one by one. With each one, select the effect and then click the Edit Parameters button to alter the setting. Click the OK buttons where required and it will insert it into the steps. When done just click OK and you will find it in your Macros.

Effects to Make Your Voice Awesome and Sexy

Noise removal – the first step is to reduce the background noise. You will notice that in the moments when you are not talking there may be some noise or a hiss, something of the sorts. You want to get rid of this. Select a small portion of this noise and then go to Effect >> Noise Reduction >> Get Noise Profile. Next select the entire track and go to Effect >> Noise Reduction >> OK. Because you are selecting a specific portion of the track to create the noise profile, this doesn’t get added to the Macro, however the rest does.

Compression – you will have some parts of your recording that are loud and some that are relatively quiet. You need to balance this out a bit. Start by selecting your entire track. Go to Effect >> Compressor >> OK

Equalization – this comes in two parts, firstly to add bass and roundness to your voice and then add treble to bring out the quality.

Bass Boost – with the entire track still selected go to Effect >> Equalisation. From the Select Curve dropdown, choose Bass Boost and click OK.

Treble Boost – do that again except this time choose Treble Boost and click OK.

Normalize – you’ll now want to make sure the entire track is at a constant volume level. Go to Effect >> Normalize. Make sure the “Normalize peak amplitude to” is set to -6.0dB and click OK.

That is the whole process. Now you have a Macro that you can use on all of your recordings. I usually end this with Effect >> Amplify and set the Amplification (dB) to 6.0, however I don’t add this to the Macro, only use it at the end in case it needs a bit of a volume boost.

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