I feel like I've read a hundred posts on this topic and 50 help pages, and it's just not clear to me, and I still have questions...
Let's suppose I've been working in the Roxio Sound Editor within Music Lab 10, and I've got my audio in the window, and I've cut it into 3 tracks, and I'm ready to adjust the volume and export the 3 tracks to 3 mp3 files.
Q1. Does Normalize consider the volumes of all 3 tracks, and then adjust each of the 3 tracks individually?
Q2. Does Maximize consider the highest possible non-clipping volume, and then adjust each of the 3 tracks individually?
Q3. My objective is (a) first, to adjust all the tracks to about the same volume, so that if Track 1 is relatively low volume before adjustment, it will be about the same as Track 2 after adjustment, and then ( second, to increase the volumes of all the tracks, so that they all are about the same volume at roughly the maximum volume without clipping. So I perform these steps ("->" means "Choose"):
-> Fading & Volume
-> Export Tracks/Clips
-> Use Tracks (all 3 tracks have a check in the check box)
-> MP3 (good)
-> Save to <foldername>
-> Maximize volume before exporting
My Question: does this accomplish my intention?
Q4. As with Q3, but suppose I choose 10x instead of 8x. Will that make the Maximize step unnecessary? Will it have other effects?
Q5. If I want to Normalize, then must I choose the Normalization settings and then play the 3 tracks before exporting them?
Thank you for guidance.