Re: Compression? Great Answer. How About Normalization???
- you said:
Posted by: "Stephen Nelson"
Sat Dec 27, 2008 8:41 pm (PST)
"It amplifies quiet parts of the audio and reduces loud parts, making
the whole thing more uniform."
You've done a great job of simplifying what Compression is. Can you use
baby talk (but a little more advanced than gaga-googoo) and do the same
thing for Normalization?
and possibly a word or two about if both should be used and in what
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph Puentes"
> You've done a great job of simplifying what Compression is. Can you use
> baby talk (but a little more advanced than gaga-googoo) and do the same
> thing for Normalization?
Normalization will raise the overall level of your recording so that the
maximum peak is at a specific level (often adjustable .. but you never want
it to exceed the maximum level) IF you have some peak (someone hit the mic,
or table or a loud handclap) and the rest of the recording is low ...
normalization will not help much with the low parts .. because the highest
peak is what is the limiting factor in normalization.
If you do not have any exceptional peaks .. but, say, didn't adjust your mic
gain properly (too low) during recording .. normaliztaion will bring up the
voice levels considerably. I've done just that when I stupidly plugged my
mics into my "line-in" instead of "mic-in" jack ;-))
For those recordings with only a few high peaks .. you *can* go into your
editor and reduce only those peaks before you run normalization and it will
give you a much better result.
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