HOW TO USE SPEACHY

If you find anything missing, lacking or confusing, please let me know on discord or e-mail neverdieaudio@gmail.com.

The plugin layout can be roughly divided into 4 parts. Start by checking your utility controls and after that, proceed to tweak settings in the suggested order.

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UTILITY CONTROLS

BYPASS

The on/off switch triggers a global plugin bypass.

QUALITY SELECTION

Click the display to switch between two global quality settings.

Real-Time is a no latency mode for live streaming.

Best should only be used in post production, provides cleaner results but introduces latency.

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VOICE SAMPLER

Make a short recording of your voice, so you have a consistent sample to tweak your settings with.

Include both quiet and loud speech, sibilance, plosives and listen carefuly for the changes you’re making!

The loop is only temporary and your microphone is muted when playing back.

PRESETS

Click the large button to save or load preset settings.

 

The arrows cycle through presets in alphabetical order. The preset folders according to your operating system are:

WINDOWS - C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\NeverdieAudio\Speachy

MACOS - Users\USERNAME\Documents\NeverdieAudio\Speachy

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A/B COMPARISON

The plugin remembers 2 sets of settings, A and B. The selected setting is highlighted.

Work with two sets of settings to see which one you like better, or hear the difference between processed and raw sound. Copy button moves the settings over to the other and vice versa. When you’re happy with your settings, don’t forget to save your preset properly!

MAIN CONTROLS

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INPUT VOLUME

Adjust the input signal level with the IN knob by dragging up and down.

 

Always try to keep the signal level within the sweet spot, indicated by the two lines next to the volume meter, around -20 dB.

OUTPUT VOLUME

Adjust the level of signal leaving Speachy.

 

You can go as loud as you can, unless you start clipping and get a visible warning.

UTILITY CONTROLS:

BYPASS

The on/off switch triggers a global plugin bypass.

QUALITY SELECTION

Click the display to switch between two global quality settings.

Real-Time is a no latency mode for live streaming.

Best should only be used in post production, provides cleaner results but introduces latency.

utility_bar01.jpg

VOICE SAMPLER

Make a short recording of your voice, so you have a consistent sample to tweak your settings with.

Include both quiet and loud speech, sibilance, plosives and listen carefuly for the changes you’re making!

The loop is only temporary and your microphone is muted when playing back.

PRESETS

Click the large button to save or load preset settings.

 

The arrows cycle through presets in alphabetical order. The preset folders according to your operating system are:

WINDOWS - C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\NeverdieAudio\Speachy

MACOS - Users\USERNAME\Documents\NeverdieAudio\Speachy

utility_bar02.jpg

A/B COMPARISON

The plugin remembers 2 sets of settings, A and B. The selected setting is highlighted.

Work with two sets of settings to see which one you like better, or hear the difference between processed and raw sound. Copy button moves the settings over to the other and vice versa. When you’re happy with your settings, don’t forget to save your preset properly!

MAIN CONTROLS:

COMPRESSOR

Click the display to switch between two compression styles.

 

Use TRANSPARENT style for natural narration and voice overs. Switch to AGGRESSIVE style for a punchy, faster paced speech with a lot of dynamic range - especially good for live use to prevent loud volume spikes.

 

Change the amount of compression by dragging the knob up and down, but as long as you keep the input volume in the sweet spot, the default position is almost ideal.

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If you can see this indication, you need to turn the output volume down. The limiter is working too hard and may cause distortion.

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TONE BOOSTER

Harmonic saturation of typically pleasant vocal frequencies.

Enhance the sound of your voice by dragging the knobs up and down and listen carefully for the difference.

 

Extreme settings might introduce other problems like boomy bass or harsh higher frequencies, which you might need to compensate in other modules.

SOUND CLEAN-UP MODULES:

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The flashing LED indicates the activity.

Green means the signal passes through, red means the gate is closed.

NOISE GATE

Gate cuts out or decreases the volume of the signal that doesn’t pass over certain threshold.

 

Watch the signal meter closely and move the threshold slider left and right to the position, where it cuts out unwanted noises.

 

The “power” knob adjusts how much the volume is reduced when the gate is closed.

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DE-ESSER

De-esser controls the harsh sibilant frequencies of human voice.

 

The knob adjusts the amount of reduction in a set frequency range.

 

The smaller “freq” knob adjusts the frequency.

DE-NOISER

De-noiser filters out the typical background noise like static, hum, buzz and fan noise.

 

The knob adjusts the amount of noise that is being removed.

 

The smaller “style” knob changes the behavior of the filtering. In its default state, its very gentle and non destructive to your voice, but may not be enough to handle loud noise sources. Turning the knob up makes the de-noiser more aggressive, but may start reducing the sound quality.

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DE-PLOSIVE

De-plosive reduces the intensity of accidental blasts of air.

 

Use it in combination with aggressive compression and lo-cut filter for best results.

 

The knob adjusts the sensitivity of the module. Carefully increase while watching the LED activity to find a spot where it catches the plosives, but doesn’t make your voice too thin.

 

But remember, always use a pop filter!

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ADVANCED FEATURES

Click “advanced” below the mesh grill to show or hide more features.

 

These controls can shape and change the character of the sound tremendously, so use with caution!

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EQUALIZER

Additionaly control the tone of your voice with bass, middle and treble knobs.

 

Use a lo-cut filter to control sub bass frequencies.

 

This is a pre-eq, meaning the equalizer is placed before the compression within the signal chain.

UGLY FREQUENCY CONTROL

Reduce and control the typical problematic frequencies of the human voice.

 

Separate sliders have their own preset (a,b,c) or custom frequency range. By dragging the slider up, you exaggerate the problem and when you find it, you can turn it down accordingly.

 

When using the “custom” setting, you can also drag the value on the display above the slider up/down to finely tweak the frequency.

 

This is a post-eq, meaning the equalizer is placed after the compression within the signal chain.

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STEREO SPREAD

Artificially widen the sound by spreading it across the stereo field by dragging your mouse up and down the knob .

 

Only works with a stereo track!

LIMITER

Makes sure your volume never exceeds set value.

YELLOW flashing LED means the limiter is slightly squezing the output signal, which may provide great results.

 

RED flashing LED means the limiter is overloaded and clipping, so distortion might occur. If that happens, OUTPUT volume needs to be decreased.