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Volume Control On Music Disc Creator


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With all versions of Creator I've had a problem getting equal volume on all tracks of a CD. The "normalize" function is barely adequet at best. I am in the Music Disc Creator module and the Project Type is Audio CD.

Question 1) Is the 'normalize' function in this version in the top right "Project Settings" with the checkbox "Maximize volume of each track?" (Tried this - still loud and soft songs.)

Question 2) If I click on Edit Audio, then click on the Enhance tab, I find a Normalize slider. I've moved it to its max and min but don't hear a difference when I play it back (not burned, playback in the module.)

Question 3) I see where to Fade In and Out but I can't find where to lengthen or shorten Gaps.

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Stephen

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Without going to the "Edit" task, there is an option on the main Audio Screen where you can "Maximise" each track. (attached) Have you tried that to see if it will give a balanced effect to each of the tracks as far as volume goes ?? Just a suggestion.

 

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Thanks RedWagon but I tried that and it really didn't work. But I think I solved my own question. If you highlight a song and click on Edit Audio (near the top), then click on the Equalizer icon, on the far right of all the equalizer sliders, the last slider is labeled Master. This slider seems to control the volume output for the entire song. You can make a song significantly louder or softer.

I also found the Gap. If you click the icon in the Transition column, it changes from a "fader" to a "gap".

Thanks for your help!

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Thanks RedWagon but I tried that and it really didn't work. But I think I solved my own question. If you highlight a song and click on Edit Audio (near the top), then click on the Equalizer icon, on the far right of all the equalizer sliders, the last slider is labeled Master. This slider seems to control the volume output for the entire song. You can make a song significantly louder or softer.

I also found the Gap. If you click the icon in the Transition column, it changes from a "fader" to a "gap".

Thanks for your help!

 

Thanks for clarifying that smolins'. There are so many options available in all of the Roxio C2009 program, it's one reason why it's such a great program. Have fun :D

 

Frank...

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Thanks RedWagon but I tried that and it really didn't work. But I think I solved my own question. If you highlight a song and click on Edit Audio (near the top), then click on the Equalizer icon, on the far right of all the equalizer sliders, the last slider is labeled Master. This slider seems to control the volume output for the entire song. You can make a song significantly louder or softer.

I also found the Gap. If you click the icon in the Transition column, it changes from a "fader" to a "gap".

Thanks for your help!

Keep in mind that if the "maximize" option didn't do anything noticable to a track, most likely the song was already nearly as loud as it could be without clipping. When you then crank up the "Master" slider, you're probably causing loud peaks in the song to be clipped, or "chopped off". In the digital world of music, there's a limit to the volume of any particular wave, which is represented by a sequence of numbers. If you tell the program to make it louder, anything above that highest number gets "clipped" and set to that highest number, so it no longer represents the original music at that point, and causes distortion.

 

One reason one song may sound much louder than another, even if both are maximized, is that the louder sounding song has been compressed, so that the average level is much higher, at the expense of reduced dynamic range.

 

The "better" solution would be to reduce the loud songs to the level of the softer track, which won't introduce any clipping. But, since everyone wants to believe that "louder is better", the reason that so much music is being "butchered" (my opinion), then most would rather increase the volume of the softer sounding track.

 

Hope that helps!

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