If you do recording long enough, you’ll eventually be asked to record some sort of spoken word.

Maybe your great uncle Joe-Bob wants to narrate his life’s story for posterity, or perhaps you’re asked to record the sermons at your church. Or maybe you’re simply running live sound for some sort of speech.

It can be tricky.

Especially when you’re trying to make the voice nice and loud, easily heard, and at a consistent, steady volume.

Lots of speakers are very dynamic, meaning they have moments where they whisper and others where they yell.

It can be a nightmare to try to reign them in.

You COULD try to “ride the fader” the entire time, but that’s not very effective and isn’t realistic.

So? You reach for compression.

The problem with compression, especially when you’re dealing with a very dynamic source, is that it becomes easy to over-compress, to over-compensate.

And on a source like a vocal, over-compression is VERY obvious, and doesn’t sound that good.

I’ve found that using a very high ratio, combined with a high threshold and a lot of make-up gain, seems to be the perfect combination for taking care of that pesky dynamic speaker.

The quiet parts come through nice and clear.

The loud parts get squashed into submission.

And nothing sounds too over-compressed.

Of course, you’ve got to set it up right.

And that’s what I show you how to do in one of the new bonus videos inside of Understanding Compression.

‘Tis a lot of fun. Get started here: