Have you ever wondered if it was possible to get the exact same audio levels in all your YouTube videos? I mean it’s kind of annoying when you are watching somebody’s videos and then you have to keep turning down and turning up the volume buttons because the audio levels are all over the place. Well, today I’m going to show you exactly how you can do that to all the audio for your YouTube videos and get consistent audio volumes, it’s called loudness normalization and you don’t even have to have any audio processing experience, you don’t have to be a sound engineer or anything, you could just use this free website that is called Auphonic.
Basically, what you do with auphonic is you upload your unprocessed audio and they basically process it and then you can just download it for free or you can just upload your entire YouTube video and then they are just going to give you another video that you can just download and upload straight to YouTube that the audio has already been loudness normalized.
For all intents and purposes this software is actually free to use, you get two hours of audio processing every month which should be more than enough for somebody who uploads maybe say three videos a week to YouTube, yeah but if you want more time, like if you want nine hours audio processing, maybe you are a daily vlogger or you vlog twice a day or something you could just easily upgrade your account to get another nine extra hours for nine euros or eleven dollars.
There is also the option of downloading desktop software that you can actually just process all your stuff offline it’s called like a batch processor or something. This is a pretty expensive option, I think this should be saved for people who actually batch process podcasts like audio engineers and stuff who just want to use the software for that purpose. So as a YouTuber you don’t necessarily need this so I’ll stick to the 10 dollar option.
Okay, so basically after you have exported your audio in 16-bit PCM, that’s WAV… you basically just have to upload it to the auphonic website, do some metadata stuff and you are pretty much good to go. At this point, you know you are just going to change the name of the export document, going to choose the format in which you want the audio to be exported for you, it could be mp3, it could be WAV, I always recommend WAV because it’s like it has not been compressed.
Now, this is the really important part, the European standard for podcast and like for radio and stuff is -16LUFS so you probably want to stick to that like yeah that’s the standard, that’s what I use, it works for me and you also want to avoid things like noise reduction, you want to make sure that the audio that you are processing is already at great quality from the beginning, you get me, so you are not going to mess with the quality of the audio that is coming out and coming out at the end.
So after you’ve entered all your details and you’ve changed the file parameters and stuff you just have to process the audio at this point and once the audio is done you are going to get an email telling you when the processing thing is done because sometimes there is a lot of people online using the software and you know it’s going to take a little time but usually I notice this doesn’t take more than a few minutes for me, a few minutes at most if I have terrible internet connection it might take 10 maybe 8 minutes at most and yeah, once it’s done you can listen to it online you can already hear the difference in the quality and you can just download it and once you are done downloading just pull that audio down and you know, replace the audio that was in your video before or that was timed with your video before and boom you are good to go.
I should however point out though that this tutorial is only particularly useful for people who use things like sony vegas or final cut pro and stuff, if you use adobe premiere this is not going to be too useful for you because adobe premiere already actually has loudness normalization option in the audio exporting section of the software , I don’t even know if that make sense, yeah you are not going to need this tutorial if you use adobe premiere but if you want to use it you can still use it, there is no rule saying you can’t use auphonic, remember you get 2 hours for free and after that you have to pay 10 dollars for I mean 11 dollars actually for 9 hours and yeah it’s a great software.
This is not a sponsored video this is just me trying to help people get consistent audio volume in their YouTube videos because I noticed a lot of people actually overlook this part or this aspect of the video.
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