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Normalizing When Normalizing Won’t Work

Hey, there!

Sometimes, when normalizing your audition audio, it doesn’t normalize all that much, if at all.

You’ve seen it – the waveform just barely grows, if at all.

How come?

Here’s the usual reason why: we begin our auditions with a slate, filled with enthusiasm, friendliness, and, unfortunately for the normalization process, loudness.

If you slate like I do, you go with “Hi! This is [name] as [role].”, you take a beat, and then the audition performance ensues.

(You can’t help but be excited. You’re a professional VO talent, and you’re auditioning for paid work!)

Then, looking at the waveform, that “Hi!” often ends up being the loudest moment in the whole piece of audio. There may be almost no room to raise the volume with the normalization process, because the “Hi!” is already almost full volume.

So – how do you fix that?

Remember that you only normalize what you select. So, only select the audition part of your audio, leaving out the slate.

Then normalize.

Then, and this is important, extend the selection to the left to include the slate, then Export Selection As… as usual. You don’t want to export your work without the slate.

Be sure to listen to the results, and adjust to taste.

And here’s a link to how to use Audacity to normalize, including audio samples: https://www.vo2gogo.com/normalization/

Hope this helps.

David

9 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    David

    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    David,
    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!
    Shirley

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

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