Getting a voice to sound good to balance against music for example, can be a bit of a challenge. Yes there are built-in tools with FCPX, but they can require constant tweaking. Accusonus has just added a $59 one knob controlled voice leveller to the their range of audio plugins.

Having a good sounding voice on a video these days is essential in getting it heard, especially when people are viewing on mobile phones or super-flat TVs with super-flat tiny speakers!

There are built-in tools to help voice clarity and punch in Final Cut Pro X (Voice-Over Enhancement being one) but these require quite a bit of tweaking to get everything sounding correct. The auto level smoothing in the Inspector also minces voices giving sub-standard results.

So when we saw that audio plugin company Accusonus added ERA Voice Leveller to their range of plugins, we were of course interested. 

The tool is priced at $59, but also features in both the ERA Bundle Standard and the ERA Bundle Pro. These are on special offer at the moment at $119 and $349 respectively.

So why use this over any other built-in plugin or third party effect? Accusonus explains-

Because it’s not only ridiculously easy to use but also incredibly effective. We’ve condensed the complexity of the underlying algorithmic structures into a single knob! It also features a “Tight” mode that provides a more focused “radio” sound that stands out from background music (e.g. audio and video ads, podcasts, vlogs, etc).

The unique “Emphasis” mode automatically detects problems in tonal balance of voice recordings (for example when a speaker is not directly facing the microphone or has moved significantly from the mic between takes/scenes) and applies subtle processing to correct them and ensure consistent tone and intelligibility.

You can use the Voice Leveler to fix vocal and dialogue volume problems resulting from:

  • Speaker movements that result in unintentional mic distance changes
  • Single-microphone recordings of two or more speakers (e.g. interviews, lectures, etc)
  • Sudden gain changes due to audio/video edits and re-arrangements in post production
  • Time-varying voice-over or vocal performances

Well, interesting stuff, especially the one knob control GUI. We will be interested to see how it compares to other audio plugins on the market. 

Just having a quick look at the website flags up the (half price at the moment) standard bundle as value for money seeing as other vendors sell similar plugins for $99 each.