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Subject:   Recommended Levels for PodCasts
Date:   2006-01-10 08:48:15
From:   jherr2002
Response to: Recommended Levels for PodCasts

It is a bit soft. I think that is the style of the particular engineer that we were using on this interview project. Do you think it's too soft?
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  • Recommended Levels for PodCasts
    2006-01-10 10:56:53  pzakian [View]

    If the levels are too low, they are not much too low since I did not have to change my speaker volume to listen to it (based on listening right before that to some commercial jazz CDs and other CNN type news audio). What's interesting is that the levels of the CDs are much higher, but maybe because the energy is spread out over a large bandwidth, it sounds softer. I think your engineer probably really knows what he or she is doing. This seems to indicate that we just have to pick a level (-6 to -12 dB maybe) and compare it to commercial material to determine if it is appropriate. Any additional thoughts would be appreciated.
    • Jack Herrington photo Recommended Levels for PodCasts
      2006-01-10 10:59:10  Jack Herrington | O'Reilly Author [View]

      His primary job is NPR, so I think he follows that style in interviews. And that style is definitely toned down in comparison to commercial radio which is heavily compressed.