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iPod not normalizing volume(?)

Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
edited January 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
So, I put some new mp3s on my ipod today, and for some reason I can't figure out about half of them seem to play at much higher volume than they should be. They sound fine in itunes and winamp, but on the ipod they're very loud and a little bit distorted.

I tried deleting and re-transferring them to the ipod, and also tried a fresh rip, but neither corrected the problem. What gives? Could my ipod have a bad sector or something?

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  • ronzoronzo Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    do you have sound check on on your computer, but not your ipod?

  • Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I don't know! How would I find out and/or put it on my ipod?

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  • ChanusChanus Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Settings > Music for the iPod.

    It has to be turned on both in iTunes and on the iPod to work... and it's crap... but it kinda works.

  • ChanusChanus Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    To be more precise, Apple's NR algorithm is pretty horridly created. It basically makes everything quieter... it's not really "normalization", it's more just a lowering of the volume.

    You also need to run Sound Check when you add new things to iTunes or it wont work for them.

  • EggyToastEggyToast Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I found that SoundCheck generally does *too much*. It makes loud songs very quiet and quiet songs too loud, and it uses a very basic algorithm for making the adjustments.

    What I've done is, as I'm listening to music, if a song is particularly quiet or loud, I add it to an "On the Go" playlist. Then, when I'm at home, I open up the whole album for that song (since usually volume issues are for an entire album) and do a Get Info on all the songs, and then adjust the Volume slider in that window. Typically you just need to move it a little bit. The effect is more pronounced on your iPod than it is in iTunes, so don't use iTunes as a gauge for how loud or quiet you've made the song.

    It may sound like a lot of work but MOST songs are pretty good, and the way I mention above is very gradual, as you can do it as you listen to songs rather than trying to figure them out all at once.

    (I also use the above method for trimming songs that have extra crap or blank space at the end)

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