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Windows 7: automatic volume variations

03 Mar 2010   #1
Drud

Windows 7
 
 
automatic volume variations

edit: problem fixed thanks!
Like Radio stations, my computer will automatically adjust the volume of any sound(namely music) so that it's not particularily high or low.

Many people would enjoy something like this, but for me it's incredibly annoying. The music I listen to sometimes has extreme ups and downs, lots of variation in volume, which I like. It's all melded into a singular, bland volume level with whatever's doing this. Whatever's automatically adjusting the sound volume on my computer needs to die!

I could not find anything under the settings for my "Realtek High definition Audio" driver related to this.
There are a couple other "High definition Audio Controllers" in System Devices that I don't think have any relation.
My computer is HP, could it be some program that HP installed along with a bunch of other crap?
I can't think of anything else!
I search and I search but I can't find what's causing my sound volume to automatically change.

Can anyone help?


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03 Mar 2010   #2
TRK212

Windows 7 64-Bit Premium
 
 
Amazingness . . .

I would probably like to think it would be the quality of the music??? Any one else wanna correct??
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03 Mar 2010   #3
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Drud View Post
Like Radio stations, my computer will automatically adjust the volume of any sound(namely music) so that it's not particularily high or low.

Many people would enjoy something like this, but for me it's incredibly annoying. The music I listen to sometimes has extreme ups and downs, lots of variation in volume, which I like. It's all melded into a singular, bland volume level with whatever's doing this. Whatever's automatically adjusting the sound volume on my computer needs to die!

re: Extreme ups & downs... Oh, you mean the lost art of "Dynamics"

Right click on the MS speaker icon in the task bar, select "Playback Devices".

Select the device with the green check mark, probably "speakers".

Select "Properties" at the bottom right, select the Enhancements tab. Scroll down the list of enhancements... to "Loudness Equalization" uncheck it.

Also, if you back up to the Playback Devices.. there's a tab named Communucations. Set it to "Do Nothing".

Ap
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04 Mar 2010   #4
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

This is something in Windows Media Player that I'm trying to figure out. I only just started noticing this the other day actually. Loudness Equalization is unchecked and the problem is still occurring.

I have a feeling it's with that Dolby Digital nonsense that you can't seem to turn off anywhere.


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04 Mar 2010   #5
patemos

Windows 7
 
 

Hello.

I understand your problems. Not HP here, though, so the problem must be somewhere else.
See my thread, although remains unanswered, just to compare how much our problems are similar.
Low volume/sound limiter (realtek)

I too cannot pass a certain level of volume and drawing the knobs up will just get me a terrible clipping: the high volume is frozen, the low volume is increased. Leading to the "constant" volume and messing up badly with music.

I more recently dual booted on XP out of trial, and the sound was perfect. It sure has to do with Windows 7.
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04 Mar 2010   #6
patemos

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post
This is something in Windows Media Player that I'm trying to figure out. I only just started noticing this the other day actually. Loudness Equalization is unchecked and the problem is still occurring.

I have a feeling it's with that Dolby Digital nonsense that you can't seem to turn off anywhere.
Good finding!
I've searched hell for everything volume related and this one is new or me.

I'm experiencing issues on my whole system, so it may be that this Dolby thing is bossing the volume control somewhere other than inside Media Player only.
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04 Mar 2010   #7
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

It's more than likely a driver issue though. I've got a delta 44 and studio monitors and I can blast the hell out of my ears if I want to

Nice and clear at any reasonable volume level in the mixer.

There may still be some things about new multi mixer system in Windows 7 that some manufacturers have not completely grasped or something...

[Edit]my comment was about the low volume issue, not the unstoppable dynamic range issue, though if there I haven;t noticed it yet on my HTPC. I probably will NOW thoug hthanks! [/edit]
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04 Mar 2010   #8
Drud

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you, Aphelion. That solved my problem in under a minute!

Simply in the speaker properties... doh!

I guess I figured that I've had these speakers for several years, on three computers, so it the problem must be in something else.

Problem solved completely, thank you everyone!
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