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Windows 7: Sound level equalization on recordings

21 Nov 2010   #21
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

I use mediamonkey, and I would say make a separate folder of all the mp3's you want to use in the car, add that folder to the Mediamonkey library, and normalize just that folder....thereby leaving your originals untouched. That way, it doesn't matter that the leveling is permanent....your originals will still be safe!

I did basically the same thing with my old MP3 player that I used at work, plugged into a stereo.....made copies that were normalized just for that, then I deleted them from my hard driveafter loading them on the player.


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23 Nov 2010   #22
trahcwolf

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I am testing mediamonkey, but see no option for normalizing
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23 Nov 2010   #23
trahcwolf

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Figured out normalizing is "Leveling Volume"
I just found out that some of my recordings are in m4a format
Will they be converted to mp3 when burned to the dvd ?
(I am burning as data to fit more on the disc)
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23 Nov 2010   #24
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trahcwolf View Post
Figured out normalizing is "Leveling Volume"
I just found out that some of my recordings are in m4a format
Will they be converted to mp3 when burned to the dvd ?
(I am burning as data to fit more on the disc)
Have you checked to make sure the car will play a data disc?
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23 Nov 2010   #25
trahcwolf

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Yup, it's a 2008 Dodge grand caravan, and it plays almost anything I throw at it
Has a jukebox function where I've stored tunes before, but the levels are such that I have to babysit the volume knob

Until MediaMonkey
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23 Nov 2010   #26
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Let us know how they turn out!

Ap
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23 Nov 2010   #27
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

The m4a songs will not automatically be converted to mp3 when you burn, either. So if you did burn them, I'd guess the car wouldn't play them. Converting them to mp3 will result in a quality loss, too....but maybe in a car that quality loss might not be noticeable. If you chose to try that, then I would say again to preserve the originals, because the conversions won't sound as good.....just delete the conversions after you burn the disc.
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23 Nov 2010   #28
trahcwolf

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Ok.
Just selected options before burning, auto converted all to mp3
Worked excellent
I reviewed the original directory and the "Ready to burn" directory, and definitely could see a difference in the quality of what mediamonkey did...

Listened to the first few seconds of each song, and found what you said is true
There is (at least to my ears) a noticeable difference in quality
Still, much better than before.

Only problem I notice so far is that the songs were not burned to the dvd in the order in which I had hoped.
Once they were all selected, I clicked and dragged a few into different positions than they were on the hard drive.
Once burned, they still played in the order in which they were on the hard drive.
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23 Nov 2010   #29
trahcwolf

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I need to clarify

Ripped cd's to directory A
Copied directory A to directory B
Used mediamonkey to level volume of songs in B

They were in order A to Z
Before burning I rearranged them out of alphabetical order
When burned to dvd, they were alphabetical
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23 Nov 2010   #30
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trahcwolf View Post
I need to clarify

Ripped cd's to directory A
Copied directory A to directory B
Used mediamonkey to level volume of songs in B

They were in order A to Z
Before burning I rearranged them out of alphabetical order
When burned to dvd, they were alphabetical
I think the only way to get around that would have been to use Mp3tag - the universal Tag Editor (ID3v2, MP4, OGG, FLAC, ...) to load that folder of songs, and use it to number the list of tracks in the order you wanted....and only then burn the disc. My suggestion is just listen to the disc in shuffle mode, to bypass the alphabetical order.
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