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Levelator

5
Average: 5 (2 votes)

Company Information

The Conversations Network
The Conversations Network 113 Terrace Avenue Kentfield, CA 94904 US
+1 415.453.1400

Cost

Free!

The Details

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.

User Reviews

A fantastic no brainer app that just makes your audio better

5

This has been a great application for our podcasts. First thing I do after taking our recorded sermons off the drive is to run it through the levelator. There is no settings, no understanding of audio needed. Just drag the audio file on the window and let go. Wait a few minutes for it to complete and your done. It will create another file that has been improved.

This video helps explain how it works.

I haven't needed to use

I haven't needed to use Levelator in a while, but I can say that it is awesome. Like any other audio tool, it should be used with discretion and you should critically listen to the results. It does work as advertised!

Shrop

Mark Shropshire "shrop"
Geeks & God Forums Moderator
http://geeksandgod.com/users/shrop

Levelator is great!

5

Before I got my Mac and heard a podcaster talk about Levelator we would spend almost an hour cleaning up Pastor's sermons using Audacity. He is a very dynamic speaker and has a lot of quiet and loud bits so with Audacity we had to kill a peak, amplify, wash, rinse, repeat. We could have done a bit more with some of the tools but they were awkward and I had non-tech people helping me with the CDs.

Once I found the Levelator everything was much better. Just feed it the file and let it chew on it awhile. After a couple of minutes we had a clean sound file that didn't clip or drop out. It was at a consistent volume level and we only had to cut the beginning and ending "non-message" parts and we were done.

It is much more than just a volume leveler - the technology behind it uses many techniques to make the file sound ready-to-burn. It is the single best tool I have in my arsenal for CD production.

The ONLY downside I can see in it is that it only accepts WAV or AIFF files. We typically record in MP3 to save space and since it is voice the quality is not an issue. This means we have to save as WAV, levelate it and then convert to MP3 for long term storage. Just a minor annoyance. We use NCH Swift to do the conversion.

Available on Mac / Win / some flavors of Linux - like their site says "You'll believe in magic."

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