Singing music drowns out persons voice

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brian, May 16, 2010.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    I have music playing thru most of my movie but near the end of the
    movie a person talks about a few things. Due to the high pitched
    singing in the music it tends to make the speaker more difficult to
    hear what he is saying. I tried to silence the music when the speaker
    starts talking but it does not feel right.
    Could someone suggest a possible way to have the singing music while
    the speaker is talking. I've tried to reduce the volume and this would
    have worked if it were not for the singing of children that have high
    pitched voices. I'm thinking of trying a high or low pass filter to
    muffle the singing (make it sound like it's coming from the next
    I welcome any suggestions thanks

    Regards Brian
    Brian, May 16, 2010
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  2. You either need to change the frequency bands occupied by the music and
    the speaker so they don't overlap, or, if you can guarantee stereo
    playback, pan them to different positions in the soundstage. For
    children singing, try to use a deep male voice, and vice versa. If you
    can retain the sound, but lose the intelligibility on the singing, that
    might help.

    Good luck, it's always hard to use a voice-over above singing, as the
    listener's brain will automatically lock onto the more rhythmic sound,
    ignoring the speech.
    John Williamson, May 16, 2010
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  3. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Some good suggestions thanks John. I like your idea of panning the two
    sounds so they are in seperate locations but this would fail if the
    sound source is not stereo when the video is not played back such as
    playing back on YouTube. In the end I applied the low freq filter to
    block freqencies that were too high, this made the sound heard like it
    was coming from another room and made the speaker easier to listen to.
    Regards Brian
    Brian, May 18, 2010
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