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Old August 17th, 2008, 07:51 PM   #1
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Compressing Audio in Adobe Audition 2.0

I've recorded several voiceover tracks in Adobe Audition. The "talent" (me and my girlfriend!) have very different voice levels so I'd like to compress the tracks to balance out the volume swings in each individual track, and then normalize the entire group to bring the volume to the same overall level.

The problem is, I have no idea how to do this!

Can anyone point me to a good tutorial, or explain it to me in idiot-proof terms?

Thanks.

P.S. Either the forum search isn't working, or no one has used the terms "normalize", "audio compression" or "audition"!
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Old August 17th, 2008, 08:48 PM   #2
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Audio mixing can not be explained in idiot proof terms. Its a craft idiots can't learn.
Have you tried reading the manual?
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Old August 17th, 2008, 08:58 PM   #3
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Well firstly the compressor in Audition is part of the Dynamic Processing effects under Amplitude.

If you need a tutorial on compression listen to Bruce Williams' podcasts episodes 10 and 11
I think you will enjoy his podcasts as he is an audio engineer and the Building the Pod casts are all for Audition.

Here is episode 10. Put compression in the search box to find all the related podcasts.

Audio2U Building the pod - episode 010

There is no one button "idiot-proof" way of using a compressor. I won't believe anyone if they say otherwise. The most important parameters are threshold and ratio followed by attack and release times.

The tutorial will help you with how to use these settings and let you experiment. It's not that hard once you get the hang of it.

Enjoy and use your ears :)
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Old August 17th, 2008, 11:20 PM   #4
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Thanks Ike... downloading it now.
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