Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with voiceover tracks, part of Building a Commercial Soundtrack in Audition.
Now that we have our video and voice over tracks imported into our multitrack session. It's time to start improving and optimizing the sound. In this movie, we'll work on cleaning up and enhancing the sound of the voice over track. So right now, we're in Adobe Auditions multitrack editor. We can easily open a file in the Waveform Editor for very detailed audio editing. Before doing anything like this, I always like to right click on a clip and Convert to Unique Copy. This way I'm not altering the original and I can go back to it if needed. As you can see, Convert to Unique Copy simply appended a _1 to the end of the file name.
Now, we can double click on this clip to open it in the Waveform Editor. This is the Waveform Editor. Audition has an awesome visual layout in the Waveform Editor, where you can see conventional audio amplitude based waveforms as we're seeing on the top. Plus, frequency view as we see on the bottom. And you can move these panels up and down to look at one or other in the larger view. Well concentrate more on the amplitude view for now. Now when we listen to this audio, we hear breathes and other undesirable lips smack in between the words. You'll hear what I mean when we take a listen.
>> You work hard and play harder. Water can't give you back what you lose. H plus Sport has what you need. Natural electrolytes from plants not chemicals. H Plus Sport isn't made in a lab. Too much sugar >> So as you heard, in between the phrases, there's some breaths and other lip smacks. You can actually even see them. And if we zoom in using the plus key on the numeric keypad. You can really see, like right here, we see there's some audio material there. You can see in the Waveform view and in the frequency view down here.
So what we're going to actually want to do, is just go through this VO track, and just like I did, select this area in between just very carefully. You can hold Shift to increase your selection. And once we're there, just take this handy pop-up, adjust amplitude, volume knob, and turn it all the way down. So in between, we're just turning down the audio. So I'm going to go through, and every little space that I see in there, I'm going to turn it down. And I'm going to make sure you know, as we're going through this, we want to listen carefully to make sure we're not turning anything off that we don't need to.
It's not totally natural in some kinds of audio work to do this, but for a voice over, you definitely want to get rid of all of the undesirable stuff. And it'll play better once we hear the full add. Especially, because we're going to be compressing it and doing other things that will tend to bring that sound out. So, even at the beginning of the file, we want to pull that out. And just going through. I'm not listening on every edit, but you should definitely listen on every edit just to make sure that you're getting everything, oops I missed a spot there. Going back. And you do want to be as, very zoomed in like I am here.
When you zoom in this far, it kind of renders the frequency view not useful. But that's why we have the ability to look at amplitude and frequency at the same time. So, the frequency is very cool, but not always useful for a really zoomed in view. And here finally, we're at the end. I can just pull this out to the end and pull that down. Great, so now, I'm going to zoom back out, and once we've gotten rid of all that sound in between, we've got a really clean voice over track to work with. What we want to do is hit Save and this saves this file. And the cool thing is now, we just click on the top-left here to the multitrack and it's already updated back in our multitrack session.
Great, so let's take a listen to this. >> You work hard and play harder. Water can't give you back what you lose. H plus Sport has what you need. >> Good, so we've taken care of all those lip smacks there. Now that we've got it all cleaned up. We're going to actually work on enhancing the sound a little bit, through some plug in processing. So here, we have our VO track I had selected. And I'm going to go over where it says video, and I'm going to click over to the effects rack /g. So now, in my Audition you can have clip based effects, or track based effects. I'm going to do this for the whole track, since it's the only thing on this VO track.
And I'm going to click over on the track effects, which is actually currently activated one. And under Presets, there's a whole bunch actually preset styles of processing that come with Adobe Audition. These are just starting places, but some of them are really cool. So, I'm going to actually look at using one called Radio Announcer Voice, which is going to give us that big bold radio announcer voice. So if I click on that. You can see it actually loaded up three slots with different processing plugins. We have the multi-band compressor, which is actually going to do dynamics processing.
It's going to take the louder sounds and make them a little bit quieter, take the quiet sounds a little bit louder and give us an even read. And it's already pre-loaded with a preset. We're going to have a parametric equalizer, which is just doing what the audio frequency. So it's actually pumping up the low-end, the bass and the high-end a little bit as a nice equalizer curve to give us that really big sound of a radio or voice over announcer. And then finally, we have a hard limiter, which is basically going to make it so that it's as loud as it can be without clipping or overloading.
So those are already in there and they're part of our preset. But again, these are just starting places. You can go in here and tweak these further to your own liking. But let's just check out how this sounds. I'm going to hit the Home button to take the cursor to the beginning. And as I play, I can turn on and off the effects rack, and we can hear with and without. So, I'm going to go ahead and play it and turn that on and off, so we can hear the results of. A, our editing, which took out all the lip smacks and breaths. And then B all of our processing that we've done. Here we go. >> You work hard and play harder. Water can't give you back what you lose. H Plus Sport has what you need.
Natural electrolytes from plants, not chemicals. H Plus Sport isn't made in a lab. >> So as I was turning that on and off, you could hear how much the sort of enhanced (INAUDIBLE) give it that big VO quality that we want for our advertisement. Great, so now we've done the work on the voice over track and it's sounding great. In the movies to come, we're going to get to work on the other elements. We're going to bring in the music and pump up the sound effects for this commercial.
- Setting up your Audition template
- Importing audio elements
- Working with voice-over, music, and sound effects
- Mixing with automation
- Mastering for final output