Review: MAutoVolume by Melda Productions

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Look at that thing fight against the tremolo. Wait, let me make it as tall as the screen, I want to see that fight as close up as possible! Crank the sensitivity up to 100% and completely suck the life out of that tremolo altogether!

Now that’s impressive.

Voice Acting

A funny thing happened to me on a Facebook page. A voice actor, one to does audio books, was asking how to even out his voice to meet certain peak and RMS standards. I’m like, “Dude, you need to use MAutoVolume!” Other people were recommending he use compressor/expanders. Our friend chose to listen to other people instead of me. The ignorant nerve of some people.

Let’s do voice acting! I made a little recording to show how MAutoVolume can even out speech. The following clip has me count to five, with ONE – two – THREE – four – FIVE alternating mic distance. First you hear the original, second you hear MAutoVolume do it’s thing. I did have to kill the gate because my quiet voice acting was a little too quiet to gate out mic noise and get the full effect.

First dry, second with MAutoVolume, using the same source clip:

So what do you think, can I put that voice actor dude out of business? Would serve him right. Always listen to Audio Plugin Guy reviewers!

OK, so MAutoVolume can flatten things out, even too much if you push it. I did the above at 100%, to completely level things out. You can put the percent less to keep variation and still reasonably and musically level things.

One more. Instead of 100%, let’s put it at 60% and change the character of a short simple drum clip. First unprocessed, then with MAutoVolume — using the exact same clip each time.

First we have nice tight drums, nothing terribly exciting. Second we have something a little more rocking’ and a bit pumpy. You should hear it at 100%. So extreme. Seriously, get it and try it yourself. I like this effect better than compression.

MAutoVolume is a big deal. As the manual states, you can just put it on a track with its default settings and that track will be nicely evened out without your having to do anything. I put it as the last plug on every track on a project I was mixing and it made the whole thing subtly but noticeably better because everything set better.

Not your mother’s compressor

Here’s the basics of what you get: Input and output gain. Sensitivity for how much or how little change you want to make. A gate called “Noise Floor”. Yeah, it has a built in gate so it doesn’t up the background noise and gives you lovely control of how much of the signal is affected. The default settings on all these things really make you good to go. Does your mother’s compressor/expander have a gate? I didn’t think so.

But wait, there’s more!

There’s a sidechain feature where you can have one sound always ride above another. Think of a vocal that is always a specific amount above the rest of the music no matter how that music ebbs and swells. It can also write volume automation for those of you who like to tweak (you shouldn’t need this). And the screen is resizable although the controls stay the same size – the graph can get a lot taller and that can make a big difference.

There’s more, but these are by far the most important bits. As always you should watch Melda’s 10-minute video on their product page. I’m calling the manual optional reading unless you really want to dig into a few finer points.

 

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