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bit of both to be honest – RIAA is an eq curve that was used for old fashioned records – these could not have too much bass, because the stylus could jump out of the groove, and the ‘wiggles’ in the plastic would leak into the next groove, giving a pre-echo. So they invented a curve that reduced the bass on record and put it back on replay – so plugging into the phono input on an amp with say a microphone produced a very bassy result. With your voice you need to retain the clarity, but smooth the roughness away. So you need to spend time finding the frequencies in your voice that you can lower in level, leaving the ones that give the clarity. You probably need to look at 450Hz to around 5KHz – and spend some time listening and tweaking. Don’t forget this is how microphones work too – some emphasising certain frequencies in preference to others – so your voice and mic X might just fight, while mic Y doesn’t. EQ does this to a degree, but is a treatment not a solution. However – you need to get your ears trained so you can listen to your voice and somebody else’s and work out for yourself the differences. If you can’t hear it, then you have a problem very difficult to solve. Ear training – NOT random effects. Small tweaks, not huge slap on bass producers.
Your voice has little at the bottom end, so increasing the bottom end might help – but the RIAA curve is a bit extreme.