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Windows 7: How can I control volume by decibels bandwidth

27 Nov 2010   #1
Ravanx

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
How can I control volume by decibels bandwidth

How can I control volume by db level?

It's especially annoying to have to keep adjusting the volume level to suit the various different sound levels that different websites use.

Is there a way to adjust and set a bandwidth for the volume, according to the projected decibels levels, so that sounds below the bandwidth will be made louder while sounds above the bandwidth will be made softer?


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28 Nov 2010   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

You would have to have a compressor/limiter to do what you want. I don't know of anything that would work in conjuction with the PC sound card to do that.
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28 Nov 2010   #3
Ravanx

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
You would have to have a compressor/limiter to do what you want. I don't know of anything that would work in conjuction with the PC sound card to do that.
Actually I was asking whether there is a program that does that. Not a physical piece of hardware. I seriously doubt any hardware or any complicated software is needed to achieve this.

Afterall, Windows 7's Volume Mixer Control is already able to detect the db levels.

All that is needed is a program that adjusts the volume level based on that information.
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28 Nov 2010   #4
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

I was referring to a software package to do that, not an external device. I have those in my Sonar recording studio program but they are "VST" applications, not standalone.

If you can find a standalone software application you can do what you want. Otherwise you can do what everyone else does, change the volume level on their speakers or on the PC or put up with the different volume levels.
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28 Nov 2010   #5
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Depending on yuour onboard sound, you may have something available.

It's called Loudness Equalization. (basically a compressor/limiter)
Unfortunately, there are no adjustments for it, just a default setting.

How can I control volume by decibels bandwidth-speakersprop.jpg

Speakers/Properties/Enhancements... scroll down to Loudness Equalization

It's software, not hardware. From poking around in the registry it's looks like this is built into Win7's audio subsystem and has hooks made available to developers, your soundcared drivers may or may not have incorporated this.

Ap


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29 Nov 2010   #6
Ravanx

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aphelion View Post
Depending on yuour onboard sound, you may have something available.

It's called Loudness Equalization. (basically a compressor/limiter)
Unfortunately, there are no adjustments for it, just a default setting.

Attachment 118621

Speakers/Properties/Enhancements... scroll down to Loudness Equalization

It's software, not hardware. From poking around in the registry it's looks like this is built into Win7's audio subsystem and has hooks made available to developers, your soundcared drivers may or may not have incorporated this.

Ap
Ah I found it. But how does it work? If I minimised the volume for system sounds, woould the equalizing bring it back up?
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29 Nov 2010   #7
Trucidation

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aphelion View Post
Depending on yuour onboard sound, you may have something available.

It's called Loudness Equalization. (basically a compressor/limiter)
Unfortunately, there are no adjustments for it, just a default setting.
Most machines have onboard RealTeks I think. At first it seemed they don't have this feature, but I found it after a little poking around elsewhere. At the Start menu:
-> type speaker (but don't press enter)
-> select Manage audio devices (for me it was the 5th result which appeared after typing "speaker"
-> select the Playback tab (should be the default one already open)
-> click to select the specific speaker hardware you want -> then click Properties.

At the new popup select the Enhancements tab, then in the middle section below you should see the Loudness Equalization option among the others.

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29 Nov 2010   #8
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ravanx View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aphelion View Post
Depending on yuour onboard sound, you may have something available.

It's called Loudness Equalization. (basically a compressor/limiter)
Unfortunately, there are no adjustments for it, just a default setting.

Attachment 118621

Speakers/Properties/Enhancements... scroll down to Loudness Equalization

It's software, not hardware. From poking around in the registry it's looks like this is built into Win7's audio subsystem and has hooks made available to developers, your soundcared drivers may or may not have incorporated this.

Ap
Ah I found it. But how does it work? If I minimised the volume for system sounds, woould the equalizing bring it back up?
I would think so but I never use system sounds so not sure about that. The Windows mixer will have a separate volume control for system sounds. Select the MS speaker icon in the task bar, then select mixer.

Most running applications that have audio, including Windows system sounds will have a volume slider, you should be able to balance sounds using the mixer. Perhaps you don't even need loudness equalization.

Ap
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29 Nov 2010   #9
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

I doubt that the "loudness" option will do enough to equalize the volume levels between sites or games that you want. On old stereo systems that had a loudness control it did very little in controlling actual sound level between various devices in the system.
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29 Nov 2010   #10
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
I doubt that the "loudness" option will do enough to equalize the volume levels between sites or games that you want. On old stereo systems that had a loudness control it did very little in controlling actual sound level between various devices in the system.

The Loudness Equalization that Microsoft added (based on Waves MaxxAudio) is actually a working compressor/limiter. It squashes high output and amplifies low input.

It senses input level and acts according to preset parameters. The downside being... at this point it's not user configurable.

How can I control volume by decibels bandwidth-audio.jpg

I should add, it's up to the audio driver programmers whether or not this option is added to the available enhancements. Of the enhancement tab selections, most are from Realtek however, Headphone Virtualization and Loudness Equalization are by MS.

Ap


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