Voice Over Optimization Recipe for Youtube Slide Shows

If you are producing Youtube videos based on slide shows with your voice over going through the slides, this voice over optimization recipe is for you.

You may have a good microphone or you may have not, but the recipe I am going to share with you can improve the quality of your sound and give it a recording studio feel.

I started to optimize my audio for recordings that I received from a freelancer on UpWork. The sound quality was acceptable, but with background noises and a different ambiance for each of the recordings. It was also very flat and ordinary.

I then looked for a solution to make the recordings sound better and did some testing myself. I am using a Free software called “Audacity” to optimize my voice over recordings.

Voice Over Optimization with Audacity

Download it here, it’s free!

I am not going to show you how to use Audacity in details, but show you the different filters to use within the software.

Voice Over Optimization with Audacity

The first thing you have to do is import your sound.

All sound filters are located under the “Effect” menu.

Very important! Use the filters in the order I give them to you.

Voice Over Optimization Recipe

1. Noise Reduction

Follow the instruction on the window.

This is how you select a portion of the background noise.

I usually leave the default values Audacity is showing.

You can Preview or click OK to apply the effect.

2. Normalise

>> db limit -8.0

3. Amplify

>> 6 db

4. Echo (Optional)

>> 0.05 and 0.05

Set the value very low as indicated so the echo is minimal.

5. Reverb

>> Room size %: 40. See the other values in the screen shot below.

If you wish, you can modify a bit the values I am suggesting and see what works best for you.

I am not a sound engineer, but I have found these settings to work great for me.

Taking these 5 easy steps with Audacity will make your voice over sound more professional on your slide shows for Youtube.

Try it today!

I hope this is helpful and I invite you to post your comments below.


Michel Gerard

Michel Gerard

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