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Adjustments with audio

Community Beginner ,
Mar 19, 2024 Mar 19, 2024

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Hi there!

 Is there any way to adjust the volume of one speaker's voice to match the other? The issue was that I mistakenly used the same input for two different mics. 

 

Thank you!

 Nicole

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Community Beginner , Mar 20, 2024 Mar 20, 2024

Hi, there are several ways of achieving this.

 

I'm by no means an expert but based on my experience I would try applying Match Loudness initially (Effects -> Match Loudness). Simply drag the 2 files into the Match Loudness window and set the Target Loudness to something like -16 or -18 LUFS. This effect will analyze both files and then increase/decrease perceived loudness so they will sound more or less the same. BTW - backup your original files as this WILL modify the files themselves.

 

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Hi, there are several ways of achieving this.

 

I'm by no means an expert but based on my experience I would try applying Match Loudness initially (Effects -> Match Loudness). Simply drag the 2 files into the Match Loudness window and set the Target Loudness to something like -16 or -18 LUFS. This effect will analyze both files and then increase/decrease perceived loudness so they will sound more or less the same. BTW - backup your original files as this WILL modify the files themselves.

 

The caveat is that this method is a bit rough, and will apply the same adjustment for the whole file, so will work better if the speakers keep a more or less constant speech tone throughout. But depending on your recording it may be good enough.

 

There are other more effective methods that will do this dynamically so results will be much better, but they are also more complicated to setup. If you want to try something more advanced there's a Speech Volume Leveler effect that is pretty straightforward to use. Just add both files to a Multitrack session and setup Speech Volume Leveler with the same parameters on each track. You may need to experiment with the parameters a bit to see what works best for your case, so try starting with the presets (Careful, Soft, Strong, etc) and adjusting accordingly. 

 

A slightly more advanced method that will give you even more flexibility is using the Dynamics effect, as it allows further fine tuning of Compressor/Expander effects. But I would try the simpler methods first.

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