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soundcheck good or bad ? - how to improve volume levels

3135 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 20, 2009 2:49 AM by Chenks RSS
Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
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Feb 19, 2009 12:52 PM
my music library is around 5700 tracks sourced from various places - some itunes purchases, some self-ripped, some from other *ahem* sources. so i have various different bitrates, varying volume levels etc.

to try and rectify this i enabled soundcheck and had itunes try and level the volumes. i enabled soundcheck on all my other devices (appletv, iphone, ipod etc).

i'm not too sure if it has done a good job or not, and i'm sure that some tracks still sound louder than others. i've also read some bad reviews on the soundcheck feature.

does soundcheck do a good job, and if so and i using it correctly ?
if it doesn't so a good job, are there suggestions for improving my library ?
 MBP C2D 2.4GHz  Mac Mini G4  AppleTV  iPhone 3G 16GB  iPod Classic 80GB, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    I never found Soundcheck to do a very good job. Have a look at iVolume. It's a commercial product so you have to buy a license to get full use from it but trial mode will give you a chance to listen to what it can do: iVolume
    G5 PowerMac 1.8 DP, Black MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5), 30GB iPod 5G, 80 GB iPod Classic, 2nd Generation iPod shuffle
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    I don't believe it's possible to undo the soundcheck setting once it's been applied. Switching it off again will just mean that it won't be applied to anything new that you add to iTunes but anything that it changed remains changed as far as I know.
    G5 PowerMac 1.8 DP, Black MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5), 30GB iPod 5G, 80 GB iPod Classic, 2nd Generation iPod shuffle
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    As far as I know. You can do a quick check of the forum on on-line to confirm that but as far as I am aware unchecking the option doesn't return the settings to what they were. You can try it and see if you like.
    G5 PowerMac 1.8 DP, Black MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5), 30GB iPod 5G, 80 GB iPod Classic, 2nd Generation iPod shuffle
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    There is if it does a better job but it's up to you. iVolume also has a couple of options to "Forget Analysing Results" and "Remove iVolume Comments". However in that case the songs will probably be reversed back to the current setting that was applied by soundcheck which will have been the base that iVolume would be working to. iVolume also requires you to have soundcheck enabled and from that base it provides finer controls. So the fact that you have/had soundcheck on means that you are at no disadvantage trying it but as I said, it's up to you.
    G5 PowerMac 1.8 DP, Black MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5), 30GB iPod 5G, 80 GB iPod Classic, 2nd Generation iPod shuffle
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
    how do you undo anything that soundcheck has done?
    i see that it has set volume levels to all the files.

    Soundcheck does not adjust the volume level you see when you get info on a song.
    When it first analyzes a song, it stores info in one of the ID3 tags (which you cannot see).
    If Soundcheck is turned on, it will use that info.
    If Soundcheck is turned off, the ID3 tag is ignored and it will play at the same level as you RIP'd the song with.
    iMac G5 (Rev B) ALS - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.11), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle

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