How to Make Professional
Messages on Hold
16 August 2022
The sounds in the 20-80Hz range typically don’t contain any vocals and often contain background and room noise. So it is common to roll off these frequencies completely to create clearer vocals.
Perfecting Messages on Hold? Moving along to 80hz onwards we begin to get the fundamental frequencies of the human voice. Male and Female voices tend to have distinct frequency ranges, adult males tend to have a lower range of 85 to 180 Hz, and adult females from 165 to 255 Hz. So when applying a standard EQ to all voice overs it can affect the vocals of genders differently.
350 Hz to 600 Hz is where you will find the main body of your voice over, and is responsible for the upper harmonics of the voice.
It tends to be tricky to find the sweet spot to EQ, as too much can make it sound boxed in and too little can make it sound ‘hollow’.
Frequencies at the upper-end of human speech can sound like an unwanted breath, hiss or a click, EQ is used to improve clarity and remove those unwanted frequencies.