Skip navigation

Voice over too "present"

1262 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 11, 2011 12:44 PM by MartinR RSS
DharmaMac Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Feb 25, 2011 5:28 AM
I've created voice overs by using a hand held microphone connected to my HD video camera, capturing, deleting the video, and inserting into the film. The sound is very good, but it's a little too "present". I don't think it's a question of just reducing the volume, but rather the overall "timber" if you will, doesn't sound professional. Is there an audio effect I can add to give it more of that professional feel?

Many thanks for your help.

iMac 27", Mac OS X (10.6.2), Canon HV20
  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,495 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Feb 25, 2011 7:50 AM (in response to DharmaMac)
    As we can't hear the "problem" I can only suggest that you reduce the treble and/or boost the bass frequencies with an EQ or similar filter.

    Failing that try some elocution lessons!
    24" 2.8 GHz (Penryn) 4GB RAM iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4), FCE 4 + FCS 3 . . . Little Knowledge, Many Opinions.
  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (9,385 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Feb 25, 2011 8:59 AM (in response to DharmaMac)
    Hi -
    Do some test recordings with the microphone held further away and see if that makes the sound quality more appropriate.

    Also, if your camera has manual audio control, it is best to use that for voice over recording. Set the level a little on the low side, then make your recording. You can adjust the level in your edit.

    Mac OS X (10.6.6), I'm not a real editor, I just play one on TV.
  • Voiceoverman Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 11, 2011 1:22 AM (in response to DharmaMac)

    If you add some compression to it too, that may help you.

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Aug 11, 2011 12:44 PM (in response to DharmaMac)

    Based on your description, it sounds (no pun intended) like the location where you are recording is acoustically live, basically meaning it's an open area with a lot of hard surfaces around you.


    Consider using some acoustic foam panels or even just a blanket or two to create a smaller, softer 'space' around the area where you have your mic. This will help dampen the ambiance of the room and give you results more like the studio sound you referred to.


    Of course it also helps to have a good mic, not some little cheap thing from some bigbox store.  The Shure SM58 and SM57 are highly respected vocal mics that have been in professional use for decades.  About $99 new; $30-$50 used on eBay.


    Note: I do not receive any compensation nor do I have any financial interest in the equipment or vendors referred to in this post.


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.