The Levelator and MacOS: A Relationship Healed

Hey, there!

A while back, I let you know that if you use a Macintosh, and if you happen to upgrade to El Capitan, High Sierra, Mojave or above from Yosemite or below, The Levelator will simply stop working.

I have an update: the original programmer of The Levelator heard your cries…and fixed things.

Bruce Sharpe, the original developer of The Levelator, has created a version, 2.1.2, to address the installation issues in El Capitan.

You can get the newly updated version at (as always, I keep that link safe and up to date.)

(The changes made in El Capitan and above from what was in Yosemite and below are major. And don’t worry, Windows users, this isn’t for you.)

Backstory: One of the pieces of software we love is called The Levelator. This is the software that was originally created to level out the volumes of both sides of a recorded podcast conversation, but happens to perfectly produce files that ACX wants for audiobooks.

The Levelator is over a decade old, and development stopped on it in 2007. And for a few months, Mac users who updated their OS to El Capitan had issues with The Levelator working properly.

No more. As noted, Bruce has made it compatible with El Capitan.

Thank you, Bruce!

Again, if you have El Capitan, you can get the newly updated version at

Hope this helps.


12 Responses to The Levelator and MacOS: A Relationship Healed

  1. Chet Hanson December 1, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    Thank you for the timely update, however the update 2.1.2 is not listed on the Levelator website you gave us.

    Thank you for looking out for us.

    • David H. Lawrence XVII December 1, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

      It’s there, but it may be hard to find. Half way down the page, under the OS X sub heading, there’s a line that reads:

      “• Download The Levelator® for OS X (version 2.1.2)”

  2. Lawrence Wallison December 1, 2015 at 5:44 pm #


    David, thanks so much for staying on top of this one.

  3. Brad December 2, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    Thanks, David! That’s great news. I’ve been holding off on updating to El Capitan, largely for this reason!

  4. Marlon Braccia December 2, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    Great timing. Thanks, David. It’s downloaded and installed. I’ll be trying it out on some auditions for ACX today. Cheers!

  5. Marlon Braccia September 12, 2018 at 7:43 am #

    Downloaded! thanks.

  6. Paula Leinweber September 12, 2018 at 9:25 am #

    Thanks David. Question for you… My Macbook is using Sierra OS and I haven’t had a problem with the old Levelator so far. Would it still be wise for me to update the Levelator? Should I update the OS to High Sierra? (As you can tell, I am not very tech savvy.)

  7. Tim Dixon September 12, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    Thanks, David. Any way we can show Bruce Sharpe our appreciation? Donations page, perhaps?

  8. George Huang September 12, 2018 at 9:42 pm #

    Thanks, David! Though I’ve found alternatives for the Mac, I’ve missed Levelator!

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