How to Use CrumplePop’s Levelmatic™ with Adobe Premiere
Author: Cliff Dahlberg
Are your audio levels all over the place? If you’re creating podcasts that feature multiple interviews and audio files, getting the levels mixed properly can be challenging. Mixing this the old way using keyframes is going to take you more time than the actual interview did — and sending your audio off to a professional is expensive. Instead, you can mix podcasts or video interviews yourself using Crumplepop’s Levelmatic™.
Levelmatic™ is a plugin that you can drop on your audio files to mix each separate track, ensuring that your listener can hear the softest parts and that the hot spots don’t get clipped in the process – which is what can happen if you were just to raise or lower the volume on the whole track. If you have someone who speaks softly and then gets loud, or someone who starts speaking confidently but ends up trailing off to almost a whisper, Levelmatic™ can smooth out your audio so that the loudest and the softest parts are the same output volume.
Here’s how you use it:
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If you’re using Adobe Premiere, just go to your effects tab and search Crumplepop. There you’ll see Levelmatic™. Drag Levelmatic™ onto the audio clip on your project timeline.
Then go over to the effects controls and scroll down to find Levelmatic™. Next, open Levelmatic by pressing on the box on the right.
The Levelmatic™ plugin has a large dial in the middle, an on/off switch in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, and a volume control on the left. Just turn on Levelmatic™ and then set your output volume.
Next, crank up your strength dial to one-hundred percent. Now Levelmatic™ will go through and adjust your entire audio track to make sure that the volume is all at the level you set in your output.
This is useful for a single audio track, but let’s say you’ve just recorded a podcast with several people and you’re using your phone. To mix all these tracks manually would take hours and Levelmatic can’t help you with how the tracks are laid out now.
But here’s a little bit of magic for you. If you’re using Adobe Premiere, all you need to do is select all the audio clips at once and right-click so you see a menu drop down. Then click on the option, “Nest”. From here, you’ll name your new clip – our team suggests using “nested…” and then whatever you want to call the clips, just to help you remember.
Now you have a brand new, single audio track. Now you can take Levelmatic™ and drag and drop it onto your compound clip, which will impact all of those audio tracks that were nested in it.