5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 4, 2012 12:12 PM by Edgar
cutout Level 1 (0 points)

I want to grab 2-3 tracks at a time and raise the volume(s) simultaneously. Is this possible?


(The reason for this is auto-normalization is making my track quieter not louder. So I've turned off the preference, but now I need to boost all tracks to get them at maximum non-clipping volume before export. Since I've already mixed them, I need to be able to boost them all at one time, in conjunction.)

MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • léonie Level 10 (91,124 points)

    Then use the Master Track automation curves:

    • From the main menu bar: Track > Show Master Track ⌘B
    • In the track head of the Master Track switch the pop up menu to "Master Volume" and adjust locally the volume, if necessary. This will apply to all tracks in parallel.

    To increase the volume of the whole arrangement by the same amount, use the Masetr Volume Slider in the lower right of the main window:




  • cutout Level 1 (0 points)

    The master volume is all the way up. But the final track is still not loud enough. That's why I'm trying to raise all the individual tracks, but there are many of them. I didn't want to raise them one at a time and then re-mix the whole thing.

  • isteveus Level 5 (4,310 points)

    Sound like you really need to remix. But you could just add  gain in the the master track effects. And a AU gain if you have one or just a eq. With eq keep it flat and crank up the overall gain.


    Personally I like some dynamics.

  • cutout Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, I will try that (add gain/overdrive to master track) when I get home.


    If for some reason it's still not loud enough, is there another non-garageband app out there that's good especially at normalizing?

  • Edgar Level 4 (2,785 points)

    You have to be clear on what you to to achieve.



    is the procedure to have your audio file reach 0dB or the maximum digital level (all 1s) at its highest peak level (remember, we are talking digital audio here). If an audio file is normalized, says nothing about how loud it is! It is a technical term that guarantees that there is no "headroom" in your audio file. You don't need any additional app for that, GarageBand can do that automatically (set in the Preferences).



    on the other hand, is the perception of how loud a track "sounds" regardless of its actual level. Everybody audio file is limited by the same 0dB of maximum digital audio level when you compare two audio files (sixteen digits set to 1 is the maximum level in a 16bit system). However how to achieve the maximum loudness is a skill that turned into a horrible horse race which pretty much ***** the life out of the recorded music. If you want to get your mix louder, then you have to learn how to use (and hopefully not mis-use) the skill of mixing with all the available tools (compressor, limiter, frequency spectrum, etc). There is plenty of material out there (Websites, YouTube) to start with. Ultimately it is a lifelong practice and experience.



    Hope that helps



    Edgar Rothermich



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