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2085 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 25, 2007 9:09 AM by StephenZcat
Currently Being ModeratedSep 17, 2007 3:46 AM (in response to JustAl)There are 3rd party programs that do this more effectively (at least in my opinion).
For Windows there is mp3/aacGain.iMac 20" 2GHz Intel Core Duo; 2GB ram;, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Maxtor 600GB ext hd; iPods 80GB Classic; 4GB nano (product Red); Radio/remote.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 17, 2007 6:25 PM (in response to JustAl)You should try the simplest solution first: turning off Sound Check.
The amount of dynamic compression used by mixing engineers varies dramatically and can serious affect the subjective volume level. Newer digital compressors can apply high levels of fairly clean compression, whereas old, often tube-based, compressors would audibly distort, so mixing engineers were held in check. There were limits in the old days; not now. It's really hard to mix songs in a playlist and get subjectively equivalent sound levels because the dynamic compression applied at the record/mix is so different.
The other problem I've experienced is the difference in volume between ripped songs from CD and purchased songs from iTunes. The iTunes songs generally have a lower volume level, which I think is due to the frivolous lawsuits brought against Apple for ear damage.
That said, I use iVolume on my Mac to set volume levels better than Sound Check. The iVolume app will not, however, automatically correct the iTunes purchases (although there is a work-around). But there is no perfect solution.
Message was edited by: Mark BlockPowerBook Titanium 1GHz / Dual 2.5 G5, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
Currently Being ModeratedSep 24, 2007 8:23 PM (in response to JustAl)I've always had the same problem, and like you was searching for a fix.
I'm now using this program. It does a terrific job.
The beauty of it is you use the program with iTunes sound check.
Apparently, when songs are encoded, volume adjustments or levels are saved in the metadata.
This program will go through all your songs, those not purchased from Apple, analyze them, and give them a number that sound check then uses to adjust the level of the song playing.
This gives me much better results when I use sound check.
The only problem with it, if I could even call it a problem, is it cannot decode the AAC files to analyze them.
This isn't a problem, as you can change the volume level that the songs are adjusted to.
Ever notice how all the AAC files purchased from iTunes sound level?
All you do is adjust the desired perceived loudness in iVolume to sound close to the same loudness as all your AAC files.
Let us know if you end up trying it.
Message was edited by: StephenZcatMac Pro 2 x 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 5gb 667 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM
Currently Being ModeratedSep 25, 2007 2:10 AM (in response to StephenZcat)Ummmm........he uses Windows.
Hence the Windows program I suggested.iMac 20" 2GHz Intel Core Duo; 2GB ram;, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Maxtor 600GB ext hd; iPods 80GB Classic; 4GB nano (product Red); Radio/remote.