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Old 03-08-2019, 07:39 PM
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Volume issues with digital music

Ok, first things first.
Let's assume that I am a technological f*ckwit and even after 10 years of trying to link things to BBS threads, it's all very hit and miss!

So, can anyone explain in plain English why the playback volume on digital music varies so much? Decorating this afternoon has been interrupted by continuously reaching for the remote control to either turn the volume up or down. Why do some songs playback so quietly whilst others try their best to lead to a domestic starting with her shouting 'turn the f*cking music down'!
Is there any way to equalise the playback levels so all songs are at the same volume? Or does this require an afternoon in a set up akin to Abbey Road?
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Old 07-08-2019, 01:23 PM
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Ok, first things first.
Let's assume that I am a technological f*ckwit and even after 10 years of trying to link things to BBS threads, it's all very hit and miss!

So, can anyone explain in plain English why the playback volume on digital music varies so much? Decorating this afternoon has been interrupted by continuously reaching for the remote control to either turn the volume up or down. Why do some songs playback so quietly whilst others try their best to lead to a domestic starting with her shouting 'turn the f*cking music down'!
Is there any way to equalise the playback levels so all songs are at the same volume? Or does this require an afternoon in a set up akin to Abbey Road?
Not sure what platform you are playing back on but look for a player that has 'Normalisation' or AGC (automatic gain control'). Some players like Neutron (that I use) can search through the stored tracks and level them all up for playback. I have to admit to not actually having using this feature yet so I cant say how well it works?

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Old 07-08-2019, 03:32 PM
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This happened to me yesterday with an Iggy playlist on Apple Music. Couple of tracks from the Berlin albums to start with, then in game Search and Destroy at twice the volume. The missus complained.
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This happened to me yesterday with an Iggy playlist on Apple Music. Couple of tracks from the Berlin albums to start with, then in game Search and Destroy at twice the volume. The missus complained.
was it the iggy mix or bowie?
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This isn’t really to do with digital music per day just a production trend to make records at a higher decibel level.

A mastering technique call peak limiting to remove dynamic range was introduced by quite a few of the bigger record labels as they thought that louder sells more. This started in the 90’s and is a digital techniques. So more likely to see on newer music or remasters of old music.

So if older music had been converted to digital the person mastering the digital version has the option of changing the dynamic range or pushing the volume.
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