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Thread: Getting higher volume levels when applying RG

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    Getting higher volume levels when applying RG

    Hi

    I used the Batch Converter to generate a copy of my library which is higher compressed and and also applied Replay Gain (Album) to be used in my car.
    The tracks now sound equally loud. However, the absolute level seems to be much lower and switching back and forth between DAB radio and the music library is a huge difference now.
    The MP3s now seem to have too much headroom and are too low in absolute level. The MP3s even do not sound as good as before because the audio system somehow limits/compresses the audio due to the higher volume setting needed.

    Is there another recommended way of doing this?
    Thanks
    McL

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    Re: Getting higher volume levels when applying RG

    When you add ReplayGain tags with the ReplayGain DSP, under advance settings you can change the LUFS value from the default of "-18" to something smaller (say, -12). This will reduce the volume less than -18. Play around with this value until you get volume adjustment that you like. Note that in almost all cases ReplayGain REDUCES volume because most modern CDs are mastered to be quite loud.

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    Re: Getting higher volume levels when applying RG

    Thanks.
    I read some more about it in various threads.
    As far as I understood: As long as I do not disable clip-prevention I should be good with lower LUFS values down to a point where the clip-prevention kicks in on some albums ending up in actually not really getting equally loud results due to missing headroom to cover for all the various recordings.

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    Re: Getting higher volume levels when applying RG

    Quote Originally Posted by McLion View Post
    Thanks.
    I read some more about it in various threads.
    As far as I understood: As long as I do not disable clip-prevention I should be good with lower LUFS values down to a point where the clip-prevention kicks in on some albums ending up in actually not really getting equally loud results due to missing headroom to cover for all the various recordings.
    I agree

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    Re: Getting higher volume levels when applying RG

    For my further understanding:
    I now recalculated my library with LUFS -12.
    A sample from an old album with lower level (The Wall) now shows like:
    RG_album_gain: +6.81
    RG_album_peak: 1.039862
    RG_track_gain: -1.08
    RG_track_peak: 1.009668
    Do I get that right that this track now actually will clip if I apply album gain for a copy to use in my car?
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    Re: Getting higher volume levels when applying RG

    not sure. I've never paid that much attention to this, I don't disable clip prevention and all my players can use replaygain tags.

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    Re: Getting higher volume levels when applying RG

    I'll try and post back my findings.
    None of my current players (home, car) does use RG.
    Anyhow, thanks for the help

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