Effects are not applying on long recordings

I wonder if your separate recorder automatically leveled out your extreme sounds, so the show was one third finished before it ever left the recorder. A presentation like that would sail straight through post production processing.

You might be a client for RMS Normalize. That one ignores peaks in favor of paying attention to loudness. It was designed for the audiobook people.


That will intentionally create peak damage and depends on following it with Limiter to suppress crunchy overload problems.