I just recently got into video editing and am having a lot of trouble with the audio side of things. I'm recording me and a couple friends playing games so there are usually three audio tracks; mine, my friend's, and the game's audio. With the game audio there's no problem I adjust the volume to wherever I want it. Mostly the same with mine too. But my friends have an awful habit of talking like church mice and then screaming. I've adjusted the microphone to record at a low level so that even when they scream there isn't any clipping but I can't figure out how to properly adjust the audio so that I can hear him talk normally and not have the scream blow my speakers. Right now he's talking at around -30dB and his yells reach up to -2dB on average.
I've read about normalization and tried it six different ways but normalizing all peaks doesn't seam to bring up the low audio and everything else is already loud enough that nothing really happens. I've tried normalizing it downwards but then everything goes down. I also read up on dynamic range compression and was trying that but the best I've managed there is getting the vocals at -15dB and the shouts at -2dB. It's an improvement but not enough.
I'm sure there's some easy solution I'm missing and if I can find it i can just use it as a preset and hopefully not have to worry too much about it. Either way, I'm using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 for the video editing and I record commentary through Audacity using two AT-2020's running to two separate computers.
Please help. I'm losing my mind. I've been wrestling with this for weeks and now have a backlog of things to do that I can't move forward on.