You Ask, I Answer: Best Audio Leveling Solution for Podcasting?

Mitch asks, “With the return of the Levelator, what’s the best audio leveling solution for podcasting?”

For those unfamiliar, the Levelator is a piece of software that promises one-click cleanup of audio to ready it for podcasting. Other solutions, such as Auphonic, do similar tasks – but the Levelator is free. And for those who have it, tools like Adobe Audition can bring extra polish but are decidedly not one-click. Let’s see how each tool sounds. Which wins the battle? Find out!

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In today’s episode, Mitch asks, with the return of the Levelator.

What is the best audio leveling solution for podcasting? Well, for those who are unfamiliar, but Levelator is a piece of software that promises sort of one click cleanup of audio to Reddit for podcasting.

There are other solutions.

Levelator stopped working for a while because of various operating system updates and the fact that the software vendor basically has moved on to other things.

But there are still folks who are committed to maintaining it, and they do.

And so, other tools like Auphonic, for example, do similar tasks, but the Levelator is free.

And obviously, for those who own it tools, like Adobe Audition can bring a lot of extra Polish but not really the one click solution.

So what we wanted to look at today is how do these things sound.

So let’s go ahead and flip things over here.

And we’re going to put these audio tracks in.

So let’s start with this first.

Here.

Let’s go ahead and play this.

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.

So that was this microphone is the first on the V moda boom headset is the second one, the apple AirPods Pro is the third one and then just the onboard laptop sound I wanted to do that because I wanted to have it for different types of audio sources to see how each one sounds.

Now with the tool I’m using for video Camtasia it does have a built in leveler.

So let’s look at that one first.

You can see there’s already a bit of a difference the these the spectrogram here is a little more dense, a little more colorful.

Let’s go ahead and listen to this.

This is Camtasia quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dogs, The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.

Okay, so that was Camtasia good, right? Not great yet, but okay, not too bad.

Let’s now listen to Auphonic which is one of the more popular tools out there.

Hang on for a second here.

There we go.

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.

You can see in the spectrogram that the the colors there are brighter and more intense.

If I click back to the original you can see there’s definitely a big difference right? It’s a much bigger difference than you see with Camtasia Auphonic brings a lot more vocal ohms and it’s at the right volume level.

For podcasts which is a target loudness of minus 16 Fs, which you can see down here in the corner.

Now let’s go ahead and look at the Levelator.

And here we go.

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs, The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs, The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs, they’re quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs.

Again, very similar sound to Auphonic.

Right? It’s there is a, a qualitative difference between this one here you can see there’s less of the purple fringing here in Auphonic.

There’s a bit more of that, in in with Levelator pulled together.

So the Auphonic seems to have a little bit better noise reduction.

But when you look at the the sort of the colorful sections here, there the Levelator is seems to be doing a better job of enriching some of the tones now Should you use? Well, if you can run the Levelator on your machine, if you have a Mac, and you’ve gotten it out of the App Store, and I believe it’s still available for Windows, and you’ve got a single audio file that you’re trying to, to work with, it’s kind of hard to argue with this.

And it’s free.

It’s not as good at things like the the noise reduction, as Auphonic.

But it also is free, right? And it’s still better than say Camtasia is built in level which is not great.

Or and it’s all of it is better than what you get when you just have the raw audio file by itself.

So, conclusions if you are if you’ve already bought Auphonic keep using it, right? Why wouldn’t you keep using the thing that you paid for? If you had have not bought it? Look at the Levelator it again, it’s free and it does a really good job.

The other levels and tools that are available, like if you wanted to do something in audition, you could there’s certainly ways to do all that what these tools do as as set of new tricks if you want a very distinctive sound, but honestly, for a lot of people, that’s a heck of a lot of work and adds a lot of production time.

Whereas dragging and dropping a file onto another app, really definitely is the way to go.

So, in conclusion, should you use one of these tools or others? It depends on what you’ve got and what you’ve already bought.

I would say that in terms of what they output Auphonic the Levelator put out very close quality, and their quality is both better than not doing it at all.

So pick whichever one works for you, and and do that.

So a good question, Mitch.

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