[audacity4blind] Amplifying sound on imported tracks to a normal volume

  • From: Sharni-Lee Ward <sharni-lee.ward@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <audacity4blind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:42:23 +0930


I have a number of tracks in my music library that I got through a friend who 
downloaded them off sites that didn't care so much about sound quality. The 
sound on these tracks is fine apart from the fact that they are noticeably 
quieter than they would have been if I got them via a studio album. I've tried 
fixing this since getting Audacity, first by using the Amplify effect (which I 
thought was going to work until I tried it with a certain track that refused to 
get any louder), and then a friend suggested I use the Normalise feature with 
Max Amplitude, and then amplify the track. I thought this was working for a 
while, but then I tried it on a track the other day and didn't get the result I 
wanted. (I've also tried repeating the effect several times over and getting no 
better results.)

Is there a solution to this problem that doesn't involve clipping? I only want 
the sound to be louder so I don't have to turn up my computer's volume to 100% 
just to enjoy a few songs. They need to be at least loud enough so that my 
screen-reader isn't louder than the music. That's how it's supposed to be, when 
the Media Player volume is at full ball.

I'm attaching one of the problem tracks I mentioned above. It should help you 
understand what my problem is.

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