Author Topic: Evening out the volume of spoken word  (Read 704 times)

Jerrysnb

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Evening out the volume of spoken word
« on: November 13, 2018, 02:44:18 am »
I'm copying some spoken word tapes. The problem I've run into is that the lead-in music and the introduction are significantly louder than the actual narration. In fact, I had to allow a ton of clipping in order to hear the narration.

I had thought that normalization was what I wanted, but I don't think I understand what it does. It certainly didn't do what I expected, which was to adjust the gain up and down so that the quiet parts and the loud parts came out sounding more or less the same.

I'm thinking that I have to manually create a filter to boost the quiet part of each track.

Am I missing something?

Paul Sanders (AlpineSoft)

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Re: Evening out the volume of spoken word
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2018, 02:17:03 pm »
Hi,

No you're not.  Normalisation won't change the relative volumes of two different sections of audio.  Adding a filter to boost the quiet part (or quieten the loud part) is the way to go.

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Re: Evening out the volume of spoken word
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2018, 11:54:26 pm »
I think what I'm looking for is a compression filter. I'm not sure how generally useful that would be.

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Re: Evening out the volume of spoken word
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2018, 02:27:28 pm »
We did think about it, but it's an anathama for most vinyl buffs.

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Re: Evening out the volume of spoken word
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2018, 12:12:01 am »
It's certainly not something I would want to use on music. I have no idea how often people handle spoken word stuff. This is a first, but possibly not the last, for me.

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Re: Evening out the volume of spoken word
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2018, 04:38:22 pm »
OK, noted, thank you.