Combining voice and music is a very common thing to do when editing video. However, a lot of time, both of these elements can compete for the same sound space. This means they both have frequencies in the same locations. This can cause a strong amount of distortion within the audio around the voice, making it harder to understand. However, with a simple mixing tip, you can actually cut out a space for the voice to sit within the music. Today we go over how to make voice and music sound good in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
How to Make Voice and Music Sound Good in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)
- Import your voice and music into the same sequence. Place them so they both play over one another.
- Use the in (“i” key) and out (“o” key) to set up the working space. This will allow you to loop the audio over and over while you are fine tuning.
- Go to effects->parametric equalizer and drag it on to your music.
- Go to effect controls, find parametric equalizer and click on the edit button.
- You will be shown the parametric equalizer window. This is a readout of all the different frequencies.
- The human voice resides in the 400-1000Hz range for the core, and the 2000-5000Hz for the presence.
- You want to use one of the points to find where the voice is located within these frequences. Start with the core.
- Take the point, set it at 400HZ, and bring it down to about -25db. Now scroll through the Hz up to 1000 and see if you can find a point where the voice stands out.
- This may take a few passes, do this until you find a point that you like.
- Do the same for the 2000-5000Hz, look for a spot where the edges of your voice sound the most prominent.
- Once these points are set, just adjust the gain and width for your voice!
- Bonus Tip: Do the inverse of this to your voice. So bring up your voice in these two areas using the parametric equalizer. This will help give it even more of a pop.
Just like that, you can quickly make your voice pop. It’s something subtle, but it goes a long way in providing clarity for the viewer when trying to understand the voice.
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