I do a community radio broadcast. I end up with the audio levels of music all over the place.
I found the YouTube clip on using this programme for compression - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjEuO3AV_F0
I said to my station manager this seemed to solve all my problems. He responded sinking this idea - see below. Is there a way that I can easily get the volume levels of my music, audio clips consistent within the parameters that the station manager has set out below?
PS - you have the gift of great, easily understood, communication.
" Compression and Expansion should only be used on your vocal presentations and never the music you play .
Recording with good levels and good microphone techniques is paramount.
Bear in mind that the station also compresses and expands audio to eliminate transmitter over modulation.
It is therefore important to be careful with the level of compression that is used.
These YouTube videos are generally aimed at the Podcast and Internet radio providers where the material is not compressed by the medium.
At Cairns FM89.1 we use a peak modulation level of -3dBFS.
By viewing the mix down of the prepared program you should be able to see a minimum transition in levels between audio segments.
As I said before make sure you “Watch your recording levels” and “work your microphone” to keep your levels as constant as possible.
Working the microphone compensates for the lowering of your voice level as you run out of breath which you will notice as you tail off a sentence.
The version of Audition used in the station is Adobe Audition CS3. Due to the cost per licence we are not able to change to the latest version.
Stuffing around with the Compression and Expansion of audio changes the sound of your voice, my suggestion keep it natural breath properly and speak in shortish sentences."