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Adobe Premiere for Recording and Editing Voice Overs

By Joe Davis. Published Apr 25, 2023. Last Updated: May 23, 2023.
Filed Under: Home Voice Over Studio

Adobe Premiere Pro is a powerful video editing software that can also be used for recording and editing voice overs. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of using Adobe Premiere to create professional-quality voice overs for your projects.

Setting Up Your Project

Start by launching Adobe Premiere Pro and creating a new project. When the New Project dialog box appears, choose a location to save your project, give it a name, and click 'OK.' Once your project is open, go to 'File' > 'New' > 'Sequence' to create a new sequence. In the 'Sequence Presets' tab, choose the appropriate preset for your project, such as 'DV - 24p' for a standard-definition video or 'HDV 1080p24' for a high-definition video.

Setting Up Audio Tracks

Now that your project is set up, it's time to create audio tracks for your voice over. Go to the 'Audio Tracks' panel and click the 'Add Tracks' button. In the 'Add Audio Tracks' dialog box, choose the number of audio tracks you want to add (usually one or two for a voice over), and click 'OK.'

Setting Up Your Microphone

Before you start recording, ensure your microphone is properly connected to your computer and set as the default recording device. Go to 'Edit' > 'Preferences' > 'Audio Hardware' to check your audio input settings. In the 'Default Input' dropdown menu, choose your microphone, and click 'OK.'

Recording Your Voice Over

To start recording your voice over, go to the 'Audio Track Mixer' panel, and click the 'R' (Record) button on the audio track you want to record to. This will arm the track for recording. Next, click the record button in the 'Program Monitor' panel or press 'Shift+Space' on your keyboard to begin recording. When you're finished, press the spacebar or click the stop button in the 'Program Monitor' panel to stop recording.

Editing Your Voice Over

Now that you've recorded your voice over, it's time to edit it. Use the 'Selection Tool' (shortcut key 'V') to select your recorded audio in the timeline. You can trim the start and end points of your audio clip by dragging the edges, or you can use the 'Razor Tool' (shortcut key 'C') to make precise cuts.

To adjust the volume of your voice over, go to the 'Effects Controls' panel, and find the 'Volume' effect under the 'Audio Effects' category. You can adjust the volume by dragging the 'Level' slider left or right.

Adding Effects and Enhancements

Adobe Premiere Pro offers a wide range of audio effects that can help enhance the quality of your voice over. To add an effect, go to the 'Effects' panel, and browse through the 'Audio Effects' category. When you find an effect you want to use, drag it onto your audio clip in the timeline.

Some common effects for voice overs include:

  • Dynamics: Use this effect to compress, limit, or expand the dynamic range of your voice over.
  • Equalization: Use this effect to adjust the frequency balance of your voice over.
  • Noise Reduction: Use this effect to reduce background noise and improve the clarity of your voice over.

Exporting Your Voice Over

Once you're satisfied with your voice over, it's time to export it. Go to 'File' > 'Export' > 'Media' to open the 'Export Settings' dialog box. In the 'Format' dropdown menu, choose 'WAV' or 'MP3' as your output format. Set the 'Sample Rate' to 44100 Hz, and the 'Bit Depth' to 16-bit for a high-quality audio file. You can also adjust the 'Channels' setting to 'Mono' if you recorded a single-channel voice over, or 'Stereo' if you recorded a multi-channel voice over.

In the 'Output Name' field, click on the blue text to choose a location and name for your exported audio file. Once you've set all the export settings, click the 'Export' button to begin the export process. Adobe Premiere Pro will render your voice over and save it as a standalone audio file that you can use in other projects or share with your clients.

Tips for Recording and Editing Voice Overs in Adobe Premiere Pro

Here are some additional tips to help you create professional-sounding voice overs using Adobe Premiere Pro:

  • Use a high-quality microphone and audio interface for better sound quality.
  • Record in a quiet, acoustically treated space to minimize background noise and room reflections.
  • Use a pop filter to reduce plosive sounds caused by fast-moving air hitting the microphone.
  • Position the microphone at a 45-degree angle and about 6-12 inches away from your mouth to capture a natural-sounding voice with minimal mouth noises.
  • Speak clearly and at a consistent volume level to ensure a balanced recording.
  • Perform multiple takes and choose the best one for your final voice over.
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to speed up your editing workflow (e.g., 'V' for the 'Selection Tool', 'C' for the 'Razor Tool', and 'Shift+Space' to start/stop recording).

Adobe Premiere Pro is a versatile tool that can be used not only for video editing but also for recording and editing voice overs. By following this tutorial and using the tips provided, you'll be well on your way to creating professional-sounding voice overs for your projects. With practice and dedication, you can master the art of voice acting and make a name for yourself in the voice over industry.


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