First time, long time. I am working on a big project that includes submissions from various companies with pre-produced videos. Some of the audio is fine, while some of it is just too loud or too soft.
What are the best ways to equalize all of the audio to hit relatively the same peaks and valleys? I don't want some of the videos to be noticeably louder than others.
If needed, I can use Adobe Audacity but am far from a pro at it.
1. Select the voice clips you want to have set to the the same level. Tag them as Dialog in the Essential Sound panel.
2. Turn on Loudness>Auto-match. This will scan through each file and adjust it to a LUFS level of -23dB. Each clip will be adjusted by a different amount, but the total perceived volume between all the clips should be the roughly the same.
3. "get my voice volume anywhere close to 0dB or even 3dB" What needs to happen next is to add an equal amount of make up gain to raise all the clips by the same amount. So, with all the clips still selected, turn up the "Clip Volume>Level..." section of the Essential Sound panel. Play the audio and watch the meter. Adjust the Level slider until you reach the desired output.