There are a lot of different factors you need to keep track of when you’re producing a podcast: keeping audio levels in check, making sure you’ve correctly integrated different tools and software, not to mention the actual content creation and quality part. While we at Spreaker are proud of our apps’ usability and ease, we get that sometimes some extra assistance could be of use when you’re still getting a feel for things.
So today we kick off our new “How-To” blog series to help you better understand how to use Spreaker’s platform. Post by post, we’ll focus on each of the apps and features that Spreaker offers to the community, breaking down the steps through handy visuals.
So let’s dive in with our first edition, focusing on one of Spreaker Studio for Desktop’s newest features: auto-ducking.
Two months ago we launched a new auto-ducking feature on Spreaker Studio for Desktop, designed so that the volume of any track you’re playing will automatically lower as soon as you start speaking into the microphone.
When enabling auto-ducking, you can set how high the volume of both tracks should be, for how long, as well as the pause duration. You can also choose whether it should apply automatically to playlists, specific decks, or sound effects.
You can be really specific about when you want auto-ducking to kick in. You can have it so that when the volume of a specific audio source, like your microphone, hits a certain volume, the volume of the Playlist or Track decks automatically lower.
For example, you can set it so that when your Built-in Microphone volume goes over -20 db for at least 50 ms (milliseconds), the Playlist will lower automatically to -22dB. As long as you don’t take any long pauses while you speak into the microphone (for example, no longer than 500 ms), the Playlist volume will remain at that lowered volume.
And if you didn’t notice, on the bottom-left there’s a useful hint: by right-clicking on the sliders you can reset everything back to its original settings.
Of course, it works the same way on our mobile apps (Android and iOS on iPad). Just tap on the “duck” image at the bottom of the screen and manage the settings the same way you would on the desktop version. To reset everything back to the original settings, just double-tap.
Now you can record your track like a PRO!
To get the bigger picture of how auto-ducking actually functions, listen to the Spreaker Live Show Ep. 51 starting at minute 28:40 to 30:23, in which host Rob Greenlee along with Alex Exum well explains how it all works. And if you want to know more about how to use Spreaker Studio for Desktop, just listen to the entire episode!
“I love it, especially for intros, because a lot of the times when you’re trying to speak into a microphone and you’re playing the music and you’re going down with the fader, you it screw it up. Sometimes I’ll just jam it down too fast, so with the auto-ducking it’ll just come in always at an appropriate level. You can adjust it as well in the features, in the settings… and it’s great! I really like it! When I saw that feature I thought it was really kind of big deal if you’re a one man band like myself.” – Alex Exum
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