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Windows 7: Utility to level sound output Win 7

24 May 2010   #1
kbrady

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Utility to level sound output Win 7

Has anyone run across a utility which will automatically adjust the gain on the Windows 7 audio output. The mixing functions built into Windows are not intended to be sophisticated and most users are just used to manually turning up or down the system volume when they switch among applications. A utility to standardize the output gain of course it's not complicated say in the desktop audio editing world.

Just curious?

Kevin


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24 May 2010   #2
Aphelion

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady View Post
Has anyone run across a utility which will automatically adjust the gain on the Windows 7 audio output. The mixing functions built into Windows are not intended to be sophisticated and most users are just used to manually turning up or down the system volume when they switch among applications. A utility to standardize the output gain of course it's not complicated say in the desktop audio editing world.

Just curious?

Kevin

Depending on your built-in audio system, Win-7 employs a "Loudness Equalization" audio enhancement.

Right Click MS speaker icon in task bar, select playback devices, select your default playback device (speakers) then click on the properties button, look under the "enhancements" tab. You may have to scroll down.

Ap
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22 Dec 2010   #3
psybertron

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I have been ripping CD's simply using Windows Media Player under Windows 7, as I have done successfully for many years on earlier versions, and I get lousy sound on playback. It sounds like it has automatically been "normalising" or levelling the sound during the record / rip, but the result is muted mid and high range during heavy bass sections, and screeching high / vocal levels during gaps in the bass line ... it's totally destroyed the dynamic range of the music.

Is it possible to get some control of the sound levelling during the rip in Windows 7 (or must I install some other ripping utility) ?
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23 Dec 2010   #4
Aphelion

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by psybertron View Post
I have been ripping CD's simply using Windows Media Player under Windows 7, as I have done successfully for many years on earlier versions, and I get lousy sound on playback. It sounds like it has automatically been "normalising" or levelling the sound during the record / rip, but the result is muted mid and high range during heavy bass sections, and screeching high / vocal levels during gaps in the bass line ... it's totally destroyed the dynamic range of the music.

Is it possible to get some control of the sound levelling during the rip in Windows 7 (or must I install some other ripping utility) ?
Why do you think it is on the recording rather than the Playback system?

Win 7's Media Player has several effects, which may or may not be enabled, that could be part of the problem.

Opne Media Player and switch to "Now Playing" mode. Right click in the WMP window and select Enhancements... make sure all of them are off.

Also look in my previous post and see if you have any of Win7's "System Audio Enhancements" enabled.

Ap
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23 Dec 2010   #5
psybertron

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aphelion View Post

Why do you think it is on the recording rather than the Playback system?

Ap
Because during the play / rip process, the particular combination of CD Player, Laptop and Speaker System plays very loud and is overdriven and distorted on the input side (ie at whatever volume setting on the speaker system). But when I listen to the ripped track, the levels are much lower overall (but with loss of dynamic range)

I am experimenting with the settings, including trying a different CD / Laptop combination ...

But as I say, the sound I get is clearly some attempt at automatic levelling just a very poor attempt.
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