FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is Audio Audit?
Audio Audit is an online tool for finding potential problems in audio files. It scans an MP3 file and produces a report. This helps you to improve your audio quality and present a better experience to your listeners. You can think of it as automated quality assurance (QA) for your production pipeline.
Who are the intended users?
Audio Audit is designed to be used by self-produced podcasters, audio engineers and producers. We focus specifically on the needs of podcasters but it can be useful in other sectors as well such as audiobooks, music and video.
Are there any prerequisites?
You do not need any special equipment to use Audio Audit. Most laptops, tablets and phones will work as long as they have a recent web browser. You’ll either need an MP3 file to upload or an existing published podcast feed which you can paste the URL of or search for.
When should Audio Audit be run?
If you have a podcast episode or similar that you’ve already published then it can be insightful to upload that first to see how it scores. This will help you make adaptations to your workflow before your next episode. Going forward you’ll probably want to test audio files just before you publish them to your podcast feed.
If you enable auto-checking for your podcast we will regularly check your feed for new episodes and send you the report by email.
Does Audio Audit make changes to my MP3 files?
No it does not. The results it produces are suggestions – it is up to you to review and decide whether to act on them. If we were to edit your audio files, the quality would be degraded (due to decompressing/re-compressing and bit depth quantization). It’s better if you can control everything in your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).
How do I get started?
You can get started very quickly by signing up on the registration page. You will then be automatically enrolled in the free usage tier. From your dashboard you can upload audio files or search for your podcast name to begin analysis.
Can I collaborate with my team?
Yes. Start by creating an organisation and then invite members by email from within the settings area. Collaboration is a feature only available for organisations subscribing to a paid plan and the maximum number of allowed varies. Get in touch if you have an unusual organisation and we’ll try to be accommodating.
How much does it cost?
There is a free usage tier with a quota that renews each month. If you wish to use Audio Audit for more than the free quota allows then you can subscribe to one of the monthly plans detailed on our pricing page. You can purchase, manage and switch your subscription from the account screen once you are logged in.
What checks get run as part of the audit?
Our Podcast Articles section lists the current checks and goes into more detail.
Can I request a new check or feature?
Yes, absolutely, we’d love to hear it. The best way to get in contact right now is via the pink chat button in the bottom-right corner.
Whilst you’re here…
Audio Audit is an automatic benchmarking and proofing tool which checks the quality of your podcast MP3 files, giving you peace of mind before you publish.
It checks things like loudness, silences, restarted sentences, encoding, swearing and metadata.Learn more ⇢
Creating an account only takes a couple of minutes. You’ll soon be able to start uploading your own audio files and improving your shows.