I’m building general podcast recording software for users who are generally unfamiliar with audio. What is the best default configuration that I can provide for a dynamics compressor, filters, and/or EQ for users recording podcasts through this software?
You really can't define specific parameters as "default". If you take a look at a compressor you'll notice the poti threshhold. This basically specifies at which point the compressor will actually start working. Now not everyone's voice does output the same dB level. It's close to impossible to find a setting that works for everyone, just to name one of the issues. You might want to approach a more versatile way. E.g. Build a couple of presets. One with a lower threshhold, another one with a higher. The low threshhold having almost a 1:1 ratio and more gain, while the higher threshhold has maybe 1:5 ratio and less gain, but still gains some presence through the compressor. Additionally, keep in mind that some compressors work faster than others. If someone's tickling the threshhold every time he raises his voice and he does that frequently, because he feels the "rush of exitement", then he's gonna start pumping. But I'm drifting off. If you wanna do it: don't try to find the "ultimate" setting. Do presets instead. Super interested to find out what your results are !! :) Lemme know!! Cheers!