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Varying Volume Levels on Playback

by RSigel / March 23, 2008 3:45 AM PDT

Do any of the MP3 players out there have a program that equalizes volume levels from different sources? I'd like to only have to set the volume level once and then have all songs playback at that volume but I currently have a Creative Labs Zen Micro and it appears that there's a wide variance of playback volume depending on the source (i.e. downloads, CD tansfers etc.). I listen while riding my bicycle and have to frequently reach down to adjust volume. Any answers?

(P.S.- I already have a wired remot volume control that I velcro to my waistband but like to not have to mess with this type of setup). I've been told that iPods do this but only for songs obtained from iTunes so if you load songs from other sources then you still have the problem. Help?

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Volume leveling
by x.killeddestiny.x / March 25, 2008 9:18 AM PDT

On your Creative thier should be an option somewhere I think in sound enhancements (I beleive thats where I found it on my old zen xtra) where you can enable equalizer, sound enhancers, ect. including volume leveling. The Zen Micro is a bit old though so if you we're willing to upgrade for this reason thier Creative Zen v's and v pluses do have this feature. The sony psp does, and I think most modern mp3 players that have some decent sound features. At least from Creative and possibly Sony. On the iPod end all iPods have sound check which volume levelizes all songs no matter what the source. I've used this on my iPod and iTunes and I don't purches onlin music. I still go the old school cd route.

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Most dont work too well
by Hello_World / March 26, 2008 3:54 PM PDT

I have faced the same issue with my iPod (nano 3rd Gen) as well as my older shuffle. "Sound check", which Apple claims will make all songs play at the same volume level, does an exceptionally poor job. It was relatively better on the shuffle, but with the nano, it just does not work.
I tried a workaround... "MP3Gain". This is a separate application which scans all your music (MP3) and writes a tag to indicate the gain at which they should be played to level the volume. This also is not foolproof, but works much better than sound check. For AAC files, there is also a modified version called AACGain.

http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/download.php
http://www.rarewares.org/aac-encoders.php

I'm not sure if it works for your Creative players, but it may be worth a try.

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