Ok… I’m giving away one of my secrets.
There I said it. Levelator is one of the secrets to making my podcasts have the great technical qualities I like. Levelator acts as a software compressor, normalizer and limiter. Although I’m careful and use a hardware compressor and limiter on my recordings, I still run my raw recordings through the Levelator before I do anything else to it. It is a great tool to have in your podcasting toolbox.
Why do I mention this now? The Conversations Network, the organization that created and hosts the free software is evolving. As the podcast universe has grown, the share and influence of the Conversations Network has shrunk. There are new leaders in the podcasting arena and CN is migrating some of their content to other sites.
The Levelator tool may be available for a long time, or it may disappear from the web. I just want to make sure you can download it and have it before it is gone. I think it is that important.
I want to specifically thank Doug Kaye for his vision and leadership in building the Conversations Network and the Levelator that supported it. Under Doug’s leadership, the amazing Paul Figgiani of the Conversations Network created the free software very early in the podcasting revolution to help podcasters improve the quality of their recordings. Their software was widely used by most of the pioneers of podcasting. I still use it today. I can not thank the Conversations Network crew enough for this wonderful tool.
If you podcast or plan to podcast, download Levelator. You’ll be glad you did.