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    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2011
    My wife and I manage the music for a dance studio and the year end review is coming up. One task we have yet to manage is how to regulate the volume of the numerous tracks into one continuous level. I've always kept notes and adjusted for each of the tracks. Is there a program that I can use to accomplish this? I'd like, this year, to only have to manage pressing play, pause and next track.

    Thanks in advance.
  1.  (9920.2)
    What format do you play them in?

    If MP3 try some of these: MP3 Gain (download it from here, MP3 Doctor, or Replay gain in Foobar2000 (Apparently MP3 Gain is the easiest to use)
    I think this one will do MP3, wav, and flac.
    Windows Media Player will do it when you're burning a c.d. (instructions)
    • CommentAuthorZJVavrek
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2011
    My standard audio player on my home computer is foobar2000. Among its many features is the one you're looking for: Replay Gain. I can set it to scan a file or collection of files, and it will add a metadata tag to the file, saying "drop this down 6.56dB" or "boost this 3.29dB", so that each song is played at the same median volume.

    I use it in album mode, balancing albums against each other so that the relative volume on an album is unchanged, but the individual song function sounds like exactly what you're looking for. The hydrogenaudio link I gave also lists some supported players which use this. If you need to use the specific program that's already loaded up at the studio, there's a feature of foobar2000 which may be what you need. When converting an audio file (as from .flac to .mp3, or higher bitrate to lower), you have the option to apply the Replay Gain data directly, modifying the signal of the audio file. There's a little warning, since fb2k is a tool for-audiophiles, by-audiophiles, and doing that will permanently alter the sound of the music, but it may be just what you need.

    Hope that helps.
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2011
    Thanks, I'll try MP3Gain late today.
  2.  (9920.5)
    The suggestions above should have you covered as far as prepared material, though a set of adjusted songs can still have surprises on the bass end. If all songs made use of big sounds on the low-register, then volume-evening would be enough. Press play, set the output volume, sit back.

    But when you cast a broad net, depending on genre and era most or many songs don't really do anything with bass, so the ones that do will introduce a different kind of loudness that isn't evened-out, and shock listeners or make your speakers sound like they are suddenly trying to give birth to an aluminum elephant. Just something to keep an ear out for. I don know of any programs that can reduce just bass? and if you try to comp the song down it hurts the mid and treble, song sounds quiet on speakers that dont repro bass. (Though really, the best sound system for versatility is one that actually doesn't try to repro low-end sounds, and just pushes on the mid. Like how mid-high end car speakers can have problems at medium volume while truly economy car speakers can play at full and rock out. Or the range dials on your output levels might be able to keep bass down safe.)

    And as far as unprepped content, like if you need to make a mix in two minutes and if the level drops on "Gigantic" a bomb will blow up the bus and you know the level always drops on 'Gigantic', the simplest thing is to just cut out everything before 1996. Things released or remastered after 96 are where the main big jump in loudness is. Things before 96 are what kill most mixes that aren't volume-corrected.
      CommentAuthorPeter Kelly
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2011 edited
    I'm a video editor, not a sound guy, so take this for what it is worth.
    When I need audio levels evened out in a rush, I use levelator

    Where you simply drop the audio file into the window and it spits out a "levelated" version.

    Depending on how particular you are, it may be the simplest way to get what you want.
    That said I tend to use it on dialogue more then anything and if I was the audio engineer of one of the songs you run through it would probably upset me, but to the average person, they're not going to notice anything different about the song.

    Edited - slightly so I don't sound retarded.
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2011
    +1 on F2K it might be confusing the first few times you use it, but it can do anything you want to throw at it. Read through the forum for a quick start.
  3.  (9920.8)
    If you happen to be using iTunes, there is a setting under playback preferences called "sound check" that does this automatically.