Learn three easy Audacity tips for making your voice sound better, regardless of what microphone you use.
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Get close to your microphone
Even if you use a cheap or built-in mic for your podcast, you’ll get a better sound if you can be 2–3 inches away from it. You may have to reduce your input volume when you do this.
Being closer will reduce the room reverb, reduce noise, and capture more of your voice.
Equalization increases or decreases the volume of certain frequencies of sound.
Use the EMI 78 present in Effects > Equalization to easily enhance the quality from a cheap microphone. If you’re missing this setting, download “‘record’ EQ settings” and follow these directions to install.
Compression essentially evens out the volume of your audio. I recommend Chris’s Dynamic Compressor. The exact settings for your audio will vary, but I’ve found that these settings work quite well on most recordings.
- Compression ratio: 0.8
- Compression hardness: around 0.8
- Floor: -18.0 to -32.0
- Noise gate falloff: 4.0
- Maximum amplitude: 0.99 (default)
Normalization’s most popular use is to increase or decrease your audio so that the loudest point is at a certain level. I recommend -1dB.
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