When recording audio from people, their voices come in at a variety of frequencies. Some are soft spoken, some like to use their outdoor voice and some speak loud/soft on different phrases. Having to manage the level of spoken talent can be time consuming and with project deadlines becoming shorter and shorter, it helps to have a tool that can alleviate the hassle of level talent voices. That’s where ERA Voice Leveler comes in.
Created by the talented folks at Accusonus, Voice Leveler is an audio plugin created to even out the volume differences in your voice recordings instantly. Many times when we are out recording audio with our talent we can overlook things like movement from the speaker, positioning of the microphone or heavy editing in post. With Voice Leveler, you can gain control over your recordings and put more effort into the creative side of your work. This plugin is available for Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and more.
Voice Leveler is a single knob tool that looks at the audio level problems in your recordings and fixes them in real time. Using the single knob function , you can control how much processing the plugin does. There are also other options available such as Mode, Emphasis and Breath Control.
Mode allows you change between the Normal mode which is the default or you can change it to Tight which results in a more focused radio sound. Choosing between these two settings allows your dialogue tracks to stand out from the background music or sound effects. I can see this being useful for editors who do podcasts, video ads and many other projects.
Emphasis detects problems with the tonal balance of your voice recordings. It’s for situations such as your speaker not facing the microphone properly or placement of the microphone changing between recordings. With this feature turned on, Emphasis will add a small amount of processing to ensure a consistent sound across the board. Breath Control detects the breaths in a recording and lowers their levels so it isn’t clashing with the final sound.
Below I have two audio recordings. One without VoiceLeveler and one without.
As you can hear from the Voice Leveler recording, the sound is more consistent and even across the board versus the raw sound I got from my recording. Overall, I believe Voice Leveler is a handy tool for editors who want to finesse and level their dialogue audio quickly and spend more time on the creative side of things.