Perfect tutorial, every second is designed with a teaching purpose, every action teaches, no wasted dialogue or activity
Very helpful tutorial! You made it simple, concise, and most importantly, you helped me improve my audio! Well done!
Excellent Tutorial, really really helpful! Also thanks for the plugins tips: Izotope and Sidekick. I only use these now. Saved me so much time as I shoot a lot of interviews….
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Loading Plugins / Audio Units
The Plugins I use for processing Dialogue and Music are specific for this purpose. They allow additional adjustments for the audio beyond simple plugins.
This is the first plugin I use. A Multiband Compressor works with 4 frequency bands / sections and only works on the specific frequency selected without effecting the others. This plugin gives clean and punchy audio
This is the second plugin I use in the chain. A Parametric Equaliser is so good for sculpting the exact sound you need by adjusting the 5 centre frequency bands, the High / Low shelf on either sides of those centre bands, and the High Pass / Low Pass filters on the ends of the EQ.
This is the third plugin I use in the chain. The RX6 Voice De-noise plugin is the best noise reduction plugin I have ever used. It’s so clever how it figures out noise on a variety of material.
I used a Zoom H4n to record the audio in the video below. To read about how to Connect a Zoom H4n to a Mixer click here OR click on the image below
Cutting a Music file
After I’ve worked on the dialogue section, I start preparing the Music by cutting, looping and processing it.
I don’t use many plugins apart from a Parametric Equaliser (to cut clashing frequencies with the dialogue audio I’m working with) and a Side Chain / Ducking plugin as I did earlier.
Parametric Equaliser (for clashing frequencies)
This is the only processing plugin I use on the Music audio. I don’t really change the frequencies of the audio as it’s already been mixed by a sound engineer and usually sounds good.
When 2 or more audio files use the same frequency range at the same time, the mix will usually tend to sound ‘muddy’ and unclear. This usually happens with bass playing on top of kick drums but can even happen with files that aren’t bass heavy. So the reason to open up the Equalisers on all audio files playing at the same time is to see and lower certain frequencies
SideKick Extended 6 (Side chaining / Ducking)
This is the last plugin I use on the Music and Dialogue channels.
It doesn’t process audio but more lowers the level of any audio using the levels from another audio. For example, lowering the Music levels when important dialogue is playing. This is known as Side chaining or Ducking (audio ducks to make room for another audio).
This plugin makes it so easy instead of manually adding volume keyframes all through the audio which is so frustrating!