Cool Tool: Levelator
I love this little app! It has [almost] all the ingredients everyone likes: [They need to add chocolate.]
- It's free!
- It runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux.
- It's among the simplest applications on earth to use.
- It works.
Here is a screen shot of the application window:
Ah, but what does it do, you ask? Simple. Take your WAV or AIFF file and drop it onto the window. It thinks for a while, and poof! Out pops the same file, in the same location as the original, with .output.aiff or .output.wav appended to the name.
The new file has been leveled. No more extreme louds and extreme softs. The volume remains rather constant throughout. So if one child in a podcast speaks too loudly while another speaks too softly, the new file has them both speaking at the same level. And if your overall audio needs a nice boost, it gets it.
If you make podcasts or have your students making them, you know the issue I'm talking about. Add the Levelator to your workflow. It's a quick, easy step that will make a giant improvement in your audio podcasts!
From their website:
So what is The Levelator®? It's software that runs on Windows, OS X (universal binary), or Linux (Ubuntu) that adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for example. It's not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three. It's much more than those tools, and it's much simpler to use. The UI is dirt-simple: Drag-and-drop any WAV or AIFF file onto The Leveler's application window, and a few moments later you'll find a new version which just sounds better.
Have you ever recorded an interview in which you and your guest ended up at different volumes? How about a panel discussion where some people were close to microphones and others were not? These are the problems the post-production engineers of Team ITC here at The Conversations Network solve every day, and it used to take them hours of painstaking work with expensive and complex tools like SoundTrack Pro, Audacity, Sound Forge or Audition to solve them. Now it takes mere seconds. Seriously. The Levelator® is unlike any other audio tool you've ever seen, heard or used. It's magic. And it's free.