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I'm a former Toast 5 user who has just installed Toast 10 because Toast 5 would no longer work on Mac Snow Leopard. However, I immediately saw that version 10's volume meter is smaller and harder to see than in version 5. Toast 5's volume meter was not only a little bigger, but also had level gradations, making it easier than 10 to make sure the track volumes were equal before burning an audio disc.

 

Is there any way to increase the size of the volume meter in Toast 10?

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I hadn't even noticed them. What I suggest is using the Normalize feature (in the Disc menu) in Toast which corrects for differences in volume levels between tracks from different sources. The following is from the Help for the application Jam from which Toast inherited this feature:

 

"To avoid distortion because of high gain levels in a track (or tracks), it is sometimes necessary to set the hottest (loudest) part of a track to a particular decibel (dB) value. This process is called normalizing. You can normalize tracks individually or as a group.

It is a good idea to normalize tracks based on how they were originally recorded. Tracks originally mastered together on the same CD should have similar recording parameters, and can be normalized together.

For example, if you were to add three different tracks from three different CDs to your track list, you should normalize each track by itself because the recording levels on those CDs will have been different. If, however, you have imported three tracks from the same CD, you could normalize those together because they were probably mastered using the same parameters."

 

If you are trying too boost the signal of tracks that are too low you'll need to use the Gain sliders. If you need a more precise VU meter consider opening the track in CD Spin Doctor.

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Does Toast 10 allow you to adjust the gain of each individual CD track, as Toast 9 (and Jam - R.I.P.) does? In the video teaser on the website, you see "Length," "Fades" and "Effects" columns in the audio CD window; in Toast 9 there was a "Gains" column after "Length."

The Gains control is present in Toast 10. Maybe the advanced audio features weren't selected in Toast preferences for the version shown in the video.

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I'm a former Toast 5 user who has just installed Toast 10 because Toast 5 would no longer work on Mac Snow Leopard. However, I immediately saw that version 10's volume meter is smaller and harder to see than in version 5. Toast 5's volume meter was not only a little bigger, but also had level gradations, making it easier than 10 to make sure the track volumes were equal before burning an audio disc.

 

Is there any way to increase the size of the volume meter in Toast 10?

 

 

How do you make track volumes equal??

 

I hadn't even noticed them. What I suggest is using the Normalize feature (in the Disc menu) in Toast which corrects for differences in volume levels between tracks from different sources. The following is from the Help for the application Jam from which Toast inherited this feature:

 

"To avoid distortion because of high gain levels in a track (or tracks), it is sometimes necessary to set the hottest (loudest) part of a track to a particular decibel (dB) value. This process is called normalizing. You can normalize tracks individually or as a group.

It is a good idea to normalize tracks based on how they were originally recorded. Tracks originally mastered together on the same CD should have similar recording parameters, and can be normalized together.

For example, if you were to add three different tracks from three different CDs to your track list, you should normalize each track by itself because the recording levels on those CDs will have been different. If, however, you have imported three tracks from the same CD, you could normalize those together because they were probably mastered using the same parameters."

 

If you are trying too boost the signal of tracks that are too low you'll need to use the Gain sliders. If you need a more precise VU meter consider opening the track in CD Spin Doctor.

 

 

 

what are gain sliders?

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How do you make track volumes equal??

 

what are gain sliders?

In Toast preferences there is a check box to "Show advanced audio mastering settings." Check this box and you'll see Gains as one of the headings in the Audio window. Click on an audio track under the gains heading and you'll see two sliders for left and right channel adjustment. If your goal is to boost or reduce the overall track volume then you might instead do this by selecting the track and choosing Normalize Track from the Disc menu.

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In Toast preferences there is a check box to "Show advanced audio mastering settings." Check this box and you'll see Gains as one of the headings in the Audio window. Click on an audio track under the gains heading and you'll see two sliders for left and right channel adjustment. If your goal is to boost or reduce the overall track volume then you might instead do this by selecting the track and choosing Normalize Track from the Disc menu.

 

 

 

 

Tlhanks

 

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