Your audio journey – Part 28 – Speech Volume Leveller

This time we look at something I’ve had a few questions about and that’s the speech volume leveller. It’s essentially a compressor that levels speech up to a target level.

There’s three basic controls to set, target level, levelling amount and target dynamic range and these three settings affect the end result.

This is a very powerful tool and mis-used can produce poor sounding audio. It has to be set differently depending on what you’re producing. If producing radio imaging it can be set much more aggressively but if producing a podcast then a much more gentle setting is required.

We’ll look at the settings and the results as the extreme ends of the scale.

There’s a place for the speech volume leveller in both imaging and podcasting but take the time to set it up properly.