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Hey guys so i do some commentary audio stuff and right now im using Audacity for audio recording and editing. I apply normalization, noise removal, and compression, and ive tried adding some equalization but im not really sure about what i should be using. Any reccomendations on eq settings for good smooth commentary audio? My mic is a blue snowflake.
 
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There is a guide here that will give you some basics and information about why to add EQ.
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There is a guide here that will give you some basics and information about why to add EQ.

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Every mic and voice is diffrent so a guide like that might not always work. Just listen to the vocals and try to find what shouldnt be there or what it lacks. Try to remeber the tone of what you think should or shouldnt be there and find it by boosting a few dbs and sweeping to where it gets worse or better, after youve found it set the right q and gain. You boost first because your ears are more sensitive to boost than cut. It won't be perfect the first time, it takes some practise.
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Every mic and voice is diffrent so a guide like that might not always work. Just listen to the vocals and try to find what shouldnt be there or what it lacks. Try to remeber the tone of what you think should or shouldnt be there and find it by boosting a few dbs and sweeping to where it gets worse or better, after youve found it set the right q and gain. You boost first because your ears are more sensitive to boost than cut. It won't be perfect the first time, it takes some practise.

alrite. can you explain sweeping? IS that just cutting compared to boosting? And Also what is the best way to add smoothness and presence to voice with eq? I've added some bass boost so i sound a little bit more commentary-y, but id like to make the audio sound prominent and not just the same as the gameplay audio kinda. I feel like this, if you're thinking of like layers in photoshop of something it sounds like other commentators there audio, though it is not that much louder than the game audio, it is more prominent and almost like that audio is more powerful than the game. Through normalization i sound a little bit better, but occasionally my voice gets over run by other audio even though it's louder than the other audio.
 
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alrite. can you explain sweeping? IS that just cutting compared to boosting? And Also what is the best way to add smoothness and presence to voice with eq? I've added some bass boost so i sound a little bit more commentary-y, but id like to make the audio sound prominent and not just the same as the gameplay audio kinda. I feel like this, if you're thinking of like layers in photoshop of something it sounds like other commentators there audio, though it is not that much louder than the game audio, it is more prominent and almost like that audio is more powerful than the game. Through normalization i sound a little bit better, but occasionally my voice gets over run by other audio even though it's louder than the other audio.
Sweepng is just taking a band of your equalizer and going trough the frequency spectrum. Like I said, try to imagine the sound you think is missing, then boost a few dbs and sweep until you get more of the sound you had in mind, after that you can fine tune it. Repeat this for every part of the vocal. Voice is often pretty dynamic, that means some parts might be louder than others, compession might help to keep the vocals leveled and ontop of the game audio.
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