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How to Fix Sound that Can Make or Break Your Videos

How to Fix Sound that Can Make or Break Your Videos

Sound can literally make or break your videos and if you are new on Youtube, it can be quite challenging. We all get carried away by creating those cinematic videos. Everything looks perfect. And colors and lights and all that and we forget often about the sound. but there are things I do to get it from sounding like this to sounding like that. From microphones to choosing where to film.

To positioning the microphones, to editing in the post. In this article, I am gonna share everything I know at this point. There are many things that can influence the way you are going to sound.

Sometimes I am very specific and very picky when it comes to my sound and very frustrated at times as well because I think I know the way my voice should be heard. Now, let's name all the variables. Different microphones. Room with an echo like this one. Room with carpet, closet, filming outdoors, filming in the wind, editing in the post. Let's go through them all.



Microphones

Let's see all the microphones that I use. Rode video mic GO. That one I use when I am filming on the go vlogging. When I am filming outdoors, I just add a deadcat. I know, it can't be the more morbid name. For filming in the studio when I am sitting down, I use the Comica CVM-VM20 shotgun microphone. I like to use this one because it can reduce some of the noise like the fan noise in the light, air conditioning, and other elements which can interfere with your sound.

Another microphone that I always have is the Comica Boom X-D lavalier microphone. I like to use this one. When I have it on me, I can move away 40 to 50 meters from the camera pretty far and I can still be heard. Sure there are a lot more expensive microphones, more high-end microphones on the market which you can get but I optioned for more budget-friendly microphones.



Microphone position

Choosing the right microphone is one thing and another thing is where you actually going to position it. When you are vlogging, no brainer there. test the sound yourself, if you recording yourself on a camera with no external microphone. And with the Rode video mic microphone just sitting on top of your camera. The next setup would be when you are sitting down in a studio talking to your audience.

Your sound from your mouth is actually going upwards so you want to get your microphone as close to you as possible. Somewhere on the top so it's staying out of the frame. The sound will be much better if you are gonna bring the microphone as close to your mouth as possible.

To make the setup happen I am just using a microphone stand which was quite cheap. I purchased it on Amazon and also an extension cable so I can connect the microphone onto the camera.

And then there is the lavalier microphone. I used to stay away from this one but then I used it in a few of the videos and I am starting to really like it. Normally, you would just attach it to the t-shirt and obviously have the wire under but you can still see it a bit. But there is a way to actually hide it. you can it right below your t-shirt.

Taped it to your skin with tape in the deepest area of your chest. Now, if you are a male, you would put it a little bit lower because that's where the deepest area on your chest is. 


Choosing where to record


  • Your sound will also depend on the environment. Basically, on the room, you are choosing to film in. Now, let's start with the outdoors. As I said before when I am filming outdoors, I am just using ''Rode Microphone Deadcat'' with the furry thing there. When it is nice, there is no wind whatsoever, I can film wherever I want to.

  • If it gets windy and I have no choice, I can't hide somewhere between the trees or behind the buildings, then what I found that works for me is if I am letting the wind directly blow into my face so the wind goes to the back of the camera, to the back fo the microphone.

  • The wind kind of goes around and I am not getting as many windy sounds. If I am filming and the wind comes from the side or even from the front of the microphone, that's where I get the worst windy sounds. what also helps if you switch to a lavalier microphone.

  • Basically, when you have this little microphone under your t-shirt, the t-shirt will protect it from the wind, or if you gonna put it in the jacket when it's cold, then the jacket will protect it as well.

  • If you are filming indoors, if I am filming in my office, then the sound is pretty good. Even though, there is no carpet. The room is full of furniture. I've seen some product videos which are actually mixed with stop motion, slow motion, and speed ramping and that's something I actually like personally.

  • I simply like to match the rhythm of the music. When I film upstairs with one of the rooms with carpet, then the sound is even better.

  • I cut the bag in half, turned it the other way, and use it as a background. I just placed it on the table. The medal is hanging down as close to the bottom part as possible because I see the reflection.

  • And when I record voice-overs I always record them in the walking closet full of clothes because this is where the sound is the best. You will hear everything. This is a sound recorded in a closet not treated in a post. Strictly just from the microphone and camera.

  • You will get a sample sound when you are recording yourself in a closet. This is where you want to do your voice overs and this is where most of my voiceovers are happening. The worst sound I get is when I am recording here in this studio because it is one large area that is completely empty, there is no carpet, there is nothing on the walls, there is nothing on the ceiling.

  • I could attach sound blankets and I could attach sound panels to the ceiling but this is not really supposed to be a studio, I am hoping to eventually have a studio, not sure if it's gonna happen in near future. I might try to get permission to actually attach something for now at least to the ceiling.

  • So to solve that what I am doing right now and it's not costing me anything,  absolutely zero, it's only costing me few minutes of preparation before and few minutes of cleaning up after. I simply add cushions and hand blankets on those doors. But the echo is not the only problem I have to deal with.

  • When the other members of the family are in the house, then simply walking or even running or turning on the sofa or reaching something or even going to a toilet and flushing the toilet, then I am done.

  • When I am recording I even turn off the heating and the air conditioning because the furnace is right there and when it turns on the sound is very loud. So what I highly suggest if you have an extra room somewhere upstairs to set up your recording studio there because you won't have to deal with all these things I have to deal with.


Adobe premiere pro sound editing

I want to give a shout-out to Keith. I believe he is a sound engineer. He is someone who came across my past videos, commented on one of my videos. Obviously, it was about sound issues I have and we connected. But here is very busy he just has a new newborn baby and I really don't want to take him away from his family time so I didn't follow further, but he send me the list of questions and my head was like spinning around.

One thing which really stood out in the email was. They say that 80% of the good sound comes from posts. So let's go to Adobe Premiere Pro and let me show you what I am doing to change my sound to do it a little bit better. None of this I am saying in this video is coming from Keith. Like I said we didn't connect.

This is strictly what I am doing but some of the things might be helpful to some of you. When you open Adobe Premiere Pro, you can use the Essential sound panel where you can control everything. I used to use it but now I do it quite differently.



Remove echo

What I do is go to effects and select DeReverb. In the effects, I click on edit and the little window shows up right on the screen. You can leave it in default or you can choose heavy DeReverb reduction preset or light DeReverb reduction. I can adjust the reduction by moving left and right. You want to get rid off the echo a little bit more but you don't want to overdo it. 



Dynamics processing

Let's go to effect and select dynamics processing. Leave it at the default. The line will let you change many things. I like to create keywords on -80, -60, and -20. Drag -80 down until it's all the way at the bottom. That will help remove any unwanted noize in the background. You can make it more or less by moving it left and right. Left will keep more Noize and right will remove the noize. -60 and -20 I will push a tiny bit up to give it a little bit more depth in a sound. You don't want to go too much there but it will make the voice not so flat, it will create depth.


Multiband compressor

The next control I use is the multiband compressor and I select broadcast. This preset will make you sound much louder so go down in the Output Gain to make sure you are not in reds. To add a little bit deeper voice, more base, then increase the orange panel a bit up which controls the deeper voice. My voice for males is already quite deep so I don't need to that much.

Every voice is different so you need to play with it depending on how you sound. You could also bring a tiny bit of the green section. And that is all I really do for now. Small changes but they help. Well, if you found this article helpful in any way, give it a share. And if you feel like leaving some comment or comment please do so as well.

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