8/2/10
2:28 pm

Forum Question: iTunes and Sound Output Levels

In recent months I have been finishing ripping my CD collection into iTunes so that I can: (1) play music while working on my iMac, and (2) sync to my iPhone and Shuffle MP3 player.

Naturally my music collection spreads out over many decades and as such there are plenty of CDs where the output sound volume is slightly to significantly lower than that of more modern recordings.

I know that there is an option to level-out the sound output, but I haven’t found it particularly good, but that only works here on the iMac and it isn’t a global solution, if you will. However, more recently I have noticed there is a volume adjustment slider in the importing options and have thought it might be just the trick.

A few questions though:
1) Can I use the slider to make adjustments after having ripped the CD or must it be used during the ripping process?

2) If I can use it to upwardly adjust the sound output of older CDs, is there any built-in options (or third party) that will help me better identify those CDs with lower volume output and help me attenuate them to better match more recent recordings?

Thanks for any and all help!

— forkboy1965

Comments: One Response to “iTunes and Sound Output Levels”

    8/2/10 @ 2:30 pm

    1) Try it. This is easy enough to test out. Do a sample song and see what you get. Report back so we know the answer.
    2) I doubt it. I’ve never heard of such a thing.

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