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The EASIEST way to BALANCE your audio

The EASIEST way to BALANCE your audio

There's some different ways to balance audio, but what's really the easiest way to do it? Listen in to find out


There's some different ways to balance audio, but what's really the best way? Eric talks about a really cool and easy way to balance your audio out.

The Levelator


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Transcript

Eric Beels 0:01
Are your audio levels all over the place? This simple software will fix that right up for you. You're listening to Practical Podcast Tips. My name is Eric Beels. And today I'm going to cover tip number 13. The easiest way to balance your audio, I've found one of the coolest software's for balancing your audio. And it is stupidly easy to use, I'm shocked that the software is not more popular. Most people I talked to have never heard of it. So I wanted to make an episode talking about this software. But before I get into what it is, I want to kind of talk about some of the typical ways that people will balance audio bouncing on it can be quite a challenge. Sometimes you're either manually keyframing throughout your project, if you don't know what key framing is, then you're not doing it. And you probably don't want to it's very tedious, or you're trying to figure out how to use your compressor to try to even things out. But if you don't know what you're doing with that, that can really ruin your audio make it sound pretty flat and bad. A lot of you maybe you just live with it, you just live with your unbalanced audio and just move on and try to do better next time. One thing too though, I'm sorry to say Unfortunately, though, Windows users, this is a Mac only application, I haven't been able to find a Windows version for this application. Unfortunately, I think there might have used to been one this this application is actually been around for quite a long time. It's not actually not a new application. I remember using this back and way back in 2010, actually, or even 2009, I think so the software that I found is called level later. And that's like level and ater spelt le v e l a, t o r, this software is so cool. And I honestly can't believe I really just can't believe that it exists. And so few people know about it. This should be in every single podcasters toolkit. If you have a Mac and you don't have this installed, you need to go into the link on this episode in the show notes. Go to the link and download it right now. It's so awesome for several reasons. So the first thing is that it's drag and drop, there's no settings, it's super easy to use, which could be dangerous, right? If you don't have have control over it, which there's literally no settings, it's literally a window, you drag your audio file onto it, and then it balances out, it spits a file out for you that's a lot more balanced. This is actually really useful if you have a baked in version of two speakers talking. So let's say you're interviewing somebody, and that other person is speaking into the same microphone. So you shared like a microphone, this will actually help you balance out those two, because maybe somebody is talking a little bit closer to the microphone. And it works. Wonders.

Eric Beels 2:58
What's interesting about this this software, I remember using this way back in 2000. Let's see, I was doing a lot of editing a lot of church sermons for my old church back in like 2007, I think I was 17 or 18. And I was getting frustrated because I was having to balance audio out. And so I just looked something up and I found level eight or way back way back then I think then they had it for Windows and Mac. And I remember using it and I was like this saved me so much time I remember I would spend hours kind of trying to balance out audio back then. And this basically does all of it in a couple of seconds. So this will quite literally save you hours of time if you're spending a lot of time balancing audio. And one of the best things is this offers 100% Free and that's the biggest shock to me as well is that it's completely free. There's paid software's that honestly don't do nearly as good of a job. Like for example, I actually have isotope, which is a really expensive audio processing software, we have isotope RX nine is the softer isotope is the company and RX nine is incredible. There's the things that you can do that the way that you can repair audio on it is fantastic and they have something called Levolor in there so there's level later and then there's for this software and then there's leveler, which is inside RX nine, I've been able to get level or to be pretty much on par with level later but not without some finessing. I remember out of the box level or was not as good as level later and level eight is completely free level or you got to spend like 800 bucks or so to have that system. Now I didn't get our x nine for that one piece in particular and I've been able to make it work. It has other tools that are incredible RX nine is is fantastic but for balancing your audio and just getting it even so you're not startling your listeners level later is So, so cool. You might have heard of like compressors and limiters and normalizes and things like that. Basically what level later is is it's like a combination of all three of those things. And I don't know specifically on how utilizes all of those, but all I know is that it works really, really well. I've always had fantastic results out of it. And because it's free, there's really no reason to not have it on your computer. So if you want a super easy way to balance out your audio for free, and no hassle or anything, and you have a Mac download level later, link is in the description. I'll see you in the next episode. Hey, thanks for listening. If you liked this episode, feel free to leave us a review. I'd love to hear how it helped. Also, if you know somebody else that could benefit from it. Go ahead and share it with them. Thanks again and see you in the next episode.

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