I'm recording audio for a video essay with Audacity and a Blue Yeti microphone. The microphone is held by a stand and it's got a pop filter.

I've watched a few YouTube tutorials like this one on what kinds of post-processing should be done on an audio file to increase its quality. These tutorials usually detail 6 steps:

  1. Reduce the noise profile
  2. Compress the audio track
  3. Boost the Bass
  4. Boost the Treble
  5. Add a Limiter
  6. Normalize

However, when I Compress my audio recording, it makes the audio sound cheaper. While the Playback Level of the untouched recording averages around -12, post-compression it increases past 0. The audio sounds like it's been reduced from a high quality recording from a decent mic, to the default microphone on a laptop, with noticeable amounts of distortion unless it's played on a very low volume.

I'm relatively new to this, but understand that Compression should balance the audio out. Am I doing something wrong when I try to edit the track with Audacity, or is this something more on the physical recording end?

  • this really depends on the settings you're using for steps 2-5.
    – Hobbes
    Sep 26, 2019 at 7:01
  • Suggest you post a before and after audio clip and we may be able to tell you what you are doing wrong.
    – Mark
    Sep 26, 2019 at 8:45


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