Want to make a nice consistent level in your podcast production? Here are the simple steps if your software supports RMS and Peak leveling. These steps come from a ot of experience and guidance over the years from my friends Victor Cajiao and Paul Figgiani.
1. Record as clean audio as you can (minimal noise).
2. Do any noise reduction. This is so you do the least reduction BEFORE you start raising levels.
3. RMS level the track to something around -17.5dB. I actually use -13.1 for Cyberspeak because their mic levels match up the best here.
4. When done editing your show, mix down then Peak level to -1.0dB
That should do it. Now if you don’t have RMS leveling ability you can always use the free Levelator. Just remember. Do your noise reduction if any BEFORE you adjust levels. This increases the chance you pull the noise so far down it doesn’t also get amplified.