5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 27, 2008 8:16 PM by Chris CA
NateCook Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I've read various posts on this. I, like many other, have an eclectic music library from multiple sources, as a result, the volumes of some of these files are low and some are very high, resulting in constantly having to change the volume on my computer or whatever device I'm using.
I currently use iTunes to manage my music for my iPhone and for my AppleTV.
I've read the reports of using "Sound Check" in iTunes to resolve this issue.
My question however is, does this transfer over to my iPhone or AppleTV? In other words, will the volumes of my music be equalized on my iPhone and AppleTV? Also, is there any way to permanently change the files themselves to "equalize" the volumes? I've searched for such a program that would do this and haven't been too successful in finding a decent program.
Thanks

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4), iPhone 2G, AppleTV, TimeCapsule, MobileMe, iPhoto, iWeb, iTunes
  • Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
    Have you looked at BIAS' Peak? Not free but I like it - clear to use for all sound editing.
    Another well regarded program is Felt Tip's Sound Studio - there's a free one
    out there too but can't remember the best one. Tom
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (95,985 points)
    HI Nate,

    "does this transfer over to my iPhone or AppleTV? In other words, will the volumes of my music be equalized on my iPhone and AppleTV?"

    Here are ways to adjust the volume of music and video:

    To change the volume for all songs (like turning the volume knob on a stereo), use the volume slider in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window. The maximum volume is limited by your computer's volume setting. To change the computer's volume, use the Volume menu (it looks like a speaker) in the upper-right corner of your computer screen.

    Some songs or videos in your iTunes library may be louder or quieter than average. To adjust the volume of a particular song or video, select it, choose File > Get Info, click Options, and then drag the volume slider left or right. iTunes will use this setting each time the song or video plays.

    To have all songs and videos always play at the same volume level, choose iTunes > Preferences, click Playback, and then select Sound Check.

    If you’re using remote speakers connected to an AirPort Express, you can use the volume controls on the speakers as well as the iTunes volume controls. To use only the speakers’ controls, choose iTunes > Preferences, click Devices, and then select “Disable iTunes volume control for remote speakers.”

    Saving your equalizer settings
    You can manually adjust the iTunes equalizer and then save your customized equalizer settings to create your own “preset” to use again. For example, you could create presets for different rooms in your house or different genres of music.

    To customize equalizer settings:
    Choose Window > Equalizer to place a checkmark next to it.
    Position the sliders to the desired frequency settings.
    Choose Make Preset from the pop-up menu and then name your preset.
    To rename or delete a preset, chose Edit List from the pop-up menu.

    *<My question however is, does this transfer over to my iPhone or AppleTV? In other words, will the volumes of my music be equalized on my iPhone and AppleTV? >* The answer is YES. If you use iTunes/Preferences/Playback settings, then when you use iPhone or AppleTV, those settings are applicable to those devices. But you can use the iTunes/Preferences to disable Remote Speakers.

    Main Help Page Index

    Choosing which speakers to use
    You can listen to iTunes audio through any of the following:

    Your computer's built-in speakers

    Speakers connected to your computer and a power outlet

    Remote speakers connected to an AirPort Express network

    Here are ways to choose which speakers to use:

    If you connect external speakers, iTunes plays through them and mutes the computer's built-in speakers.

    If you connect speakers to an AirPort Express network, a speakers pop-up menu appears at the bottom of the iTunes window. To listen through your remote speakers, choose them from the pop-up menu.

    To prevent your computer from looking for remote speakers (and displaying the speakers pop-up menu), choose iTunes > Preferences, click Devices, and then deselect “Look for remote speakers connected with AirTunes.”

    "is there any way to permanently change the files themselves to "equalize" the volumes?" Yes, using remote speakers that have the ability to do so.

    Hope this helps... just remember, once you set your iTunes Preferences for volume/equalizer/remote speakers, that's the setting you get in AppleTV or an iPhone. I'm not sure if there's a program to permanently change the files... check www.macworld.com They give great advice on anything Macintosh and have the latest news on Mac technology. Also, check iTunes/Podcasts... in the search field type in: Mac Podcasts... so many good casts there for tips and advice.

    Carolyn

    Message was edited by: Carolyn Samit
  • NateCook Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks you two for the advice.
    It's good to know that iTunes will equalize the volume using Sound Check... never the less, I'm still interested in permanently changing the files themselves to be at equal volumes.

    Tom, you mentioned BIAS Peak and Felt Tip's Sound Studio. From what I looked into, it seems to me that I would have to level each music file individually, one at a time. Is that so, or am I wrong? Also, if anyone knows a good, free, program out there, that I could load all my music into and it would level the volumes of all the song files so that I don't have to do each one individually, that would be great.

    Thanks,
    Nate
  • Windman77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Carolyn,
    Your input is very helpful. My question is this: When I make my own custom equalizer setting in itunes and sync my ipod touch, this new setting is listed as active when I click on my device. It doesn't show up on the ipod in the equalizer list. Is it the default setting for all my songs now, and why doesn't it show up in the list of equalizer settings. I really want to use this one, because I have increased the pre-amp value. Some of my songs were very faint over my car stereo.
    Thanks,
    Don
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,720 points)
    if anyone knows a good, free, program out there, that I could load all my music into and it would level the volumes of all the song files so that I don't have to do each one individually, that would be great.

    See this -> http://homepage.mac.com/beryrinaldo/AudioTron/MacMP3Gain/