Hi folks - and Happy New Year!
I have been lurking around this fantastic site for a little while, but finally decided to ask a question.
I am gaining some freelance experience in the world of sound recording/dialogue editing, etc and have been working on some v/o's for a friend's web-based documentary.
My procedure has been this: in PT8 the mono files are first edited to fix mistakes, mispronunciations (where possible), sort timing and generally smooth out the talent's performance. Then I have been going into the volume track and adjusting the peak syllables/words to reduce the dynamic range somewhat. This part is pretty time-consuming, but it seems necessary to me. Using just the compressor would sound too heavy-handed and bring up the noise floor too much.
I can't remember the exact order just now, but my plug-ins are the 7-band eq, compressor, expander (as gate) and trim, with the Master meter to keep the peaks to around -8db.
Am I going about this in the most practical and efficient way, or are there some obvious improvements I can make?
Many thanks for any help!