Thought it would be interesting to collect the top recommended Pro Tools plug-ins used by voiceover home studio users. My list would include: BNR, Normalize, and EQ 3. When you are putting your money where your mouth is, what plug-ins add real value? Share and enjoy! Al

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Comment by Howard Ellison on August 25, 2012 at 9:59am

Old thread, but it was hot around the time I resolved NOT to send out raw unless I know for sure the client engages a proper engineer, and I have stuck by that since.   There's nothing worse than hearing your carefully crafted words drowned by music, or indeed knowing customers will struggle to hear in a car.  I still opt for a sweet and unobtrusive analogue compression, around 3 to 1, then the simple MDA de-esser plug in, and finish with a tiny touch of Apple's AU limiter - enough to catch a spike only every few seconds, but permitting overall level to normalise up a few dB.  Result does not sound like a deejay:  it's up to the client to crank it if they want that.

Comment by Kimberly Geter on April 27, 2010 at 5:09pm
I'm sending them raw. I have Pro Tools 7.3 LE. I've considered taking a course in Pro Tools software in the ATL. However, I'm going to all of the free seminars right now. Money's tight in this economy.
Comment by Marian Massaro on January 14, 2010 at 12:34pm
Hi Alton! I agree with Deb and some others.. I basically send my clients raw files... Once in a while, I'll normalize if I feel it needs it, but nothing other than that. They seem to prefer me to leave it raw, if they're doing the production. Marian
Comment by Alton (Al) Hoover on January 14, 2010 at 11:37am
From Anne Earley:

Great topic, Al! As a newbie, I've just dipped my toes into the ocean of PT plug-ins. I use Normalize regularly, sometimes De-Esser, and I'm just getting started with EQ 3, which I find a tad overwhelming in choice of filters. But I'd never heard of BNR, so thanks for that tip! I see I can even rent the plug-in from Digidesign to give it a test drive. I like that a lot! Anne
Comment by Alton (Al) Hoover on January 14, 2010 at 11:35am
From Jonathan Lipow:

I record pretty raw using pro tools LE version 8.03 on snow leopard. I do like to use the BF 76 mono compressor. I make a small adjustment on the output from 18 to 15. It adds a touch of warmth to the read, but does it very subtly. I also Normalize my tracks, a suggestion by my booth director to help insure consistent output levels without coloring the sound in anyway. If a client wants it raw, though, I send it with no plugins whatsoever.
Comment by Alton (Al) Hoover on January 14, 2010 at 11:34am
From Mark Comstock:

I keep it pretty simple. I try to send a clean and transparent recording. What the client chooses to do with it is up to them.
For an audition, I will normalize if the levels need adjustment, but otherwise I leave the plug-ins to the Engineers.

Comment by Alton (Al) Hoover on January 14, 2010 at 11:32am
From Debbie Munro:

Great idea Al.

I use NOTHING....all my sound is sent out 100% clean with no effects. Unless client requests. I have a great clean sound so I'm blessed. in fact I know most clients would prefer you didn't (unless of course they don't have production ability) so I stay clear of production. Besides, then i would charge them more for production.

When I do need production however, I leave it up to my tech gurus who make me sound magical.

I would actually love to take an advanced course in pro tools actually....but I just have my hands full as it is....

Great topic....can't wait to hear all the results. Thanks for including me
Comment by Alton (Al) Hoover on January 14, 2010 at 11:30am
From Eric Pollins:

Hi Al, thanks.

I don't use Normalize now nearly as much as I used to, in fact it's very rare. I find that if I have my levels dialed in correctly on the front end it's much a cleaner sound than using the plug-in. However, for really tight tweaks to a commercial script that's running "almost" but not quite perfectly to time, I find Time Shift invaluable. With shifts of up to between 5% and 8% there are no discernible artifacts in my recordings, though once it gets up to 10% or more I find it's pretty useless. Likewise, Pitch Shift is awesome for making small tweaks to character voices that help to enhance their differentiation form my normal voice, but as with Time Shift, only within relatively small tolerances - 1 to 2 semitones at the most. They're good tweaks, but certainly no substitute good front-end performance and mic technique.

Comment by Alton (Al) Hoover on January 14, 2010 at 11:28am
VU Pro Tools Plug-ins Users: For everyone's benefit, I'm going to cross-post the responses that have been posted directly to my "VU Comments Wall" so these are all in one place with proper contributor attribution of course. Thanks, Al
Comment by Ben LuMaye on January 14, 2010 at 12:28am
the Focusrite Platinum Voicebox is a killer low budget preamp/processor!!

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