It Sounds Sweeter with Two

Ever recorded a podcast or lecture with two or more speakers?
How ’bout the sound?
Everyone spoke at the same level, right?
Really? No quiet talkers and they all talked in to the mic.
I wish.

Afterwards, have you tried even out all those levels?
It’s a pain.

Want some help?

The fine people at The Conversations Network, a listener-supported non-profit podcast network, have a wonderfully FREE tool called Levelator that might just help. It’s specifically optimized for speech and works to correct uneven volume levels. Just drag & drop a WAV or AIFF file (sorry, no MP3 or AAC) into it’s window and it does the rest.

I just tried it with a test file and it really works. Listen here:


30 second sound bite before using Levelator


30 second sound bite after using Levelator
Notice how you can clearly hear Dee’s correction about basements. Good stuff.

Give it try.
It’s free and available for Mac, Windows, and Linux (Ubuntu).

To find out more about The Conversations Network and to download Levelator, just go to http://www.conversationsnetwork.org/

About Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for OIT. Since 1996, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through managing the SMU STAR Program and now as part of OIT's Customer Service Team. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family.  
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