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.
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, and this is important, extend the selection to the left to include the slate, then Export Selected Audio… 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/
Any normalization tips or tricks you’d like to share? Do so in the comments below, please.
Hope this helps.