iPod and volume

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Hugh, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. Hugh macrumors 6502a

    Hugh

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    Is there a way to get all the music on the iPod to play at the same volume? It seems that stuff I rip to have different volumes, iTunes adjust for it. Making it sound the same. Any way for the iPod. It's really annoying when playing the iPod.

    Is there a device I can buy that hooks up to the iPod to play the music the same?

    Thanks

    Hugh
     
  2. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    There's the same sound check option that can be found in iTunes. Dig a little in your iPod's preferences.
     
  3. Hugh thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Hugh

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    I have sound check on. That doesn't make any difference, besides I was told the sound check on the iPod was for something else.

    Hugh
     
  4. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    There is an option in iTunes to adjust the volume on any given set of tracks. It will carry over to the iPod when you sync it.

    EDIT: I just checked it's under "Get Info" under the options tab.
     
  5. sbking macrumors member

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  6. Hugh thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Hugh

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    Is this a program? I don't follow you there. :/

    Hugh
     
  7. DLH macrumors member

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    Sound Check does this.

    You need it turned on in the iTunes options. iTunes will then analyze the songs and set a tag on each file with a volume adjustment.

    You also need to turn the option on in your iPod preferences. This tells the iPod to actually adjust the song's volume according to the tag in each file.

    If you do not turn both on, Sound Check will do nothing.
     
  8. Quasiperfectto macrumors member

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    Having the same problem with uneven volume

    There is a Volume Adjustment option on iTunes, but how can I know what exact percentage to adjust it to to even out all the songs at the same level?
    I heard the Sound Check option in the iPod compromises sound quality.
     
  9. sbking macrumors member

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    "MP3Gain analyzes and adjusts mp3 files so that they have the same volume.

    MP3Gain does not just do peak normalization, as many normalizers do. Instead, it does some statistical analysis to determine how loud the file actually sounds to the human ear.
    Also, the changes MP3Gain makes are completely lossless. There is no quality lost in the change because the program adjusts the mp3 file directly, without decoding and re-encoding."

    http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/download.php

    However, if you also want to change the volume for AAC (m4a) files, you need to download AACGain as well (instructions are on that page).

    Oh, and dont use iTunes sound check. IIRC (not entirely sure), it changes your files so you actually lose some quality or something. And it doesnt even work well. Atleast it can be undone.
     
  10. DLH macrumors member

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    Do either of you have some recent links on Sound Check affecting sound quality?

    I find it highly unlikely that it does this. All it is doing is checking for the peak volume in a song and then setting a volume adjustment tag on the file (+/- XX). This is completely separate from the volume slider you can adjust in a files info. Both, however, only tell iTunes/iPod what level to play the song at. Neither one should affect sound quality. Neither one changes the actual audio information in the files.

    I do agree MP3gain/ACCgain does a better job of adjusting the perceived song volume. Personally, I use iVolume. It uses ReplayGain to determine the adjustment and then modifies the same field that iTunes' SoundCheck uses. It also allows you to adjust on a per album basis rather than just a per track basis.
     
  11. brendanrtw macrumors newbie

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    Is there a mac version of mp3gain ... I really miss it from windows since I switched.
     
  12. richkent72 macrumors regular

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    I can highly recommend iVolume (http://www.mani.de/ivolume/). Available for Macs or Windows. It works using sound check on the iPod and iTunes but works much better than sound check on its own (which just seams to make everything quieter). Everything from outrageously loud Iggy Pop to quiet classical pieces are all at the same levels.
     

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