If you aren't "Levelating" your spoken recordings, odds are they don't sound as good as they could.
The Levelator is a free, downloadable program for Mac & PC that enhances spoken-word audio. I'm not an engineer, so I can't tell you exactly all the things that it does, but its basic function is to make the levels of a recording even, so that everything is at an appropriate, equal volume.
I tend to put a lot of range into my auditions. I especially like to play with a character's intensity — sometimes getting louder, sometimes almost whispering. So long as I set the recording levels so the loud stuff won't overmodulate, I can feel free to go as soft as I want, and The Levelator will bring those parts up to an even keel with the rest.
When you submit an audition, the last thing you want is for your listener to 1. strain to understand you because the recording level is too low, or 2. suddenly get blasted by a loud part, which causes them to reach for the volume control — or worse, click to the next audition. (I want my auditions to blow people away, but not like that.)
The Levelator doesn't average the volume level; if the entire recording is too quiet, it brings everything up to where it needs to be.
I use The Levelator for all of my spoken recordings, including commercials and VO demos I produce. No spoken audio leaves my hands now without having been "Levelated."
Try The Levelator and see what you think. It's a no-brainer program with just one function; you drag your file onto it, then wait for it to process.
Click here to download The Levelator for Mac & PC
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