In the modern voice over industry, voice talent are expected to record more and more auditions and even jobs from their home studio. When you are acting as your own engineer, you may be tempted to use things like EQ or Compression to make your audio sound more professional, but if you don’t know how to use these powerful tools, you could do more harm than good!
In EQ and Compression, you will discover the basics of how to utilize these tools in your DAW to sound more professional, land more auditions, and keep your clients happy and impressed with your audio quality.
In this class, students will learn:
- What an EQ does and how to use it successfully in any DAW. You will see:
- Different types of EQs and which one may be right for you.
- How you would use basic Low Cut/High Pass filters and why.
- Using EQ to remove unwanted audio and enhancing good audio.
- What Compression does and how to use it successfully in any DAW. You will learn:
- What a compressor does, and how do you use it effectively in your DAW.
- Different types of compressors you can use.
- An explanation of the parameters in a compressor and how to use them successfully.
- Finally, you will see how you can use these two tools together to enhance your voice over auditions. We will discuss:
- Should you use the EQ before Compression or Compression before EQ?
- Why we use these two tools together instead of just using one or the other.
- See why less is more when using these tools so you don’t end up sounding like a robot!
The material we will cover in EQ and Compression 101 will be applicable for any DAW you use. Even though the individual editing programs may be a little different, EQs and Compressors all function, for the most part, in the same way. All DAWs come with some type of EQ and Compression. There are MANY EQ and Compression plug-ins on the market today that you can purchase and use with your particular DAW.
For the purpose of this class, we will use Audacity to model how EQs and Compressors work, but the information will still be applicable for any DAW you use (Twisted Wave, Adobe Audition, ProTools, etc.)