iTunes 4 - Sound Check - Clipping

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by tcmcam, Apr 30, 2003.

  1. tcmcam macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2002
    I've been playing with the Sound Check feature in iTunes4. Overall, it does "adjust volume" to be similar, but with a horrible side effect. Any song that was very quiet, it will boost the volume a great deal. This often causes the song to "clip" at the high-end (suddenly the iTunes Limiter kicks in and a cymbal crash gets "muffled").

    Is there any way to configure the maximum or "target" volume for all sound check files? If I could set a lower target volume, then perhaps things wouldn't get boosted so much and there would be less clipping.

  2. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    You can set the individual gain on tracks I think, or did I just dream that? The sound check feature causes more trouble than its worth, forget it.

    If you want all you music at the same overall level you'll need to import each tune into an audio editor, limit the peaks with a limiter (doh) and then normalise the track to it's maximum amplitude.

    Probably not worth the hassle, it's what volume controls were invented for...:D

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