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Don't Give Up on Sound Check
Authored by: gidds on Jan 07, '10 04:08:08PM

While Sound Check does have some wins (it's built-in, fast, and standard), it has disadvantages too.

For one, it adjusts each track in isolation. I have many albums with continuous music, and I was fed up hearing the volume jump drastically when a loud track ended and a quiet one started. Whereas you can tell iVolume to calculate the level over a whole album and apply the same adjustment to each track in it.

And for another, Sound Check isn't very good at judging how loud a track actually sounds. (A surprisingly difficult task.) So it can still leave unexpected changes in volume between tracks. ReplayGain (as used in iVolume etc.) takes a lot longer to calculate, but does a much better job of approximating human hearing.

iVolume is a pain in some ways (takes forever to start up if you have a lot of music, has its own GUI which doesn't match up with iTunes, and keeps its own database of all your music with details on the adjustments it's made), but I find it just about worth the hassle. I can't compare it with any of the other tools, though.

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Andy/



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