how to level tracks volume?

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The Quiet Minded
Member Since: Jan 01, 2003

I have all the tracks ready to burn into cd but their volumes are unequal, how do I level them?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jul 19, 2004 08:51 pm

That's what mastering is for, you have to even them out either with your ear or with something like the match loudness feature of an app like Har-Bal

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Jul 19, 2004 09:10 pm

If you use a prog like Ozone you can watch the amount of compression in the maximizer. You can get pretty close by watching for max compression and matching that across tracks.

Since: Jan 12, 2004

Jul 20, 2004 06:29 am

I use Sound Forge for this job. It has some very good presets (Master for CD) being the main one! Does the job perfectly (using a built in Compressor/Maximiser).

The above apps will also do the job...

It all depends how much cash you have to spend/what level of results you need.

DB swears by Hal-Bal and I am thinking aboot giving this a try...


Since: Jul 14, 2002

Jul 20, 2004 11:40 pm

yeah...thats cool...I use soundforge too sometimes to you L2 first then master for 16 bit or master for 16 then L2 ????

Since: Jan 12, 2004

Jul 21, 2004 06:32 am

I always master for 16 bit seems to take whatever you have to the limit, without clipping best this way. If you do anything after you've mastered it - you run more risk of clipping methinks...

Still, top app it is!


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