[realmusicians] Re: Questions.

  • From: Gudrun Brunot <gbrunot@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: realmusicians@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 22:25:02 -0700

Sandy, I use SoundForge for that sort of thing.  What I do is this:

Try to find a loud spot in a specific track that you know.

Check your meters with shift f11 and f12. If they are not clipping, showing less than -0.1, you're okay. If they show way below, and the track you're examining seems lower than other tracks, boost the volume. You know how much you can afford to do so without clipping, since you've checked your loudest spot.

Do the same with other tracks you have questions about.

I don't know of any surefire automatic way of doing this. I use a lot of recorded music for my radio shows, and it comes from all kinds of sources--old, scratchy vinyls, old hissy tapes, brand-new, spankingly digital CD's, you name it. If you've got a soft nocturne, you could be tempted to boost the level up, but be careful until you've checked the loudest spot in the recording. I don't know if there is a trick for finding the loudest spot. I basically scroll through until I find a passionate section and check my decibels.

Maybe someone else has a more scientific approach.

Best of luck,

At 06:19 PM 10/14/2009, you wrote:
My husband is wanting to modify the volume in some classical music he will be downloading to his MP3 player. He wants to get it at a more even level, so the loud parts won't blast him out of bed, and the soft parts disappear altogether. I suggested he use Sound Forge 8. We have the disks, and we can install that easily enough on his computer. Is Sound Forge the proper tool, and what tools within Sound Forge itself would he need to use to accomplish his purposes. I have used it very little, so I can't help him much. I went to the Team Talk server to see if anyone was there. There is not a sign of life.

                Sandy Licht
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