SOUND Engineer

Voiceover Narration Presence

Documentary Web Short

A Before-After demonstration of compression and EQ techniques to improve the clarity and presence of voiceover narration for a documentary. Tasks include:

  • audio clean-up/editing
  • consistent levels
  • apply EQ and compression

In the original recording, the voiceover narration for this documentary is uneven in volume and includes many clicks and pops. The first step is to clean up the overall audio by removing noises and editing slurred or cutoff words. Next, levels are adjusted with careful attention to the beginning of sentences which tend to be loud and the end of sentences where the voice is quieter.

To improve voice presence and create a smoother voiceover that will blend well with the music, EQ and compression are applied. Finally the narration and music are mixed.