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    MP3 Volume Normalization

    OK, I just tried this one out, but I'm am totally impressed so far.

    MP3Gain

    I believe that if you disable clipping, it will give you completely lossless volume normalization. Of course by disabling clipping, you are limiting it's ability to make two different songs sound like the same volume. But I'd rather not lose any quality.

    I tried it on some music that was ripped from 5 different CDs. The ripping settings were identical, but volume levels were all over the place. Each CD had even volume in itself. But if you turned on the shuffle, you could really tell the volume level difference between one CD and another. MP3Gain did an awesome job, even with clipping disabled.

    Anyone else using MP3Gain?

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    I have always used MP3Gain. The best there is, and IT'S FREE.

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    yep, same here... in fact i have to use it again to normalize my newer mp3s...
    I'll also check to see if i have clipping enabled or disabled (dont want to loose any quality)
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    I've been using Octimax for a while, which not only normalizes but performs some manner of preternatural goodness on whatever Winamp is playing. Seriously, I think this little plugin is vastly superior to a lot of expensive processing hardware I've heard.

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    OctiMax is a signal processor that works with Winamp. MP3Gain normalizes the actual mp3 file, which will then work with any mp3 player.

    The best signal processor I've found, for Winamp, is Izotope Ozone. I'll try OctiMax to see how it sounds.

    Ozone and OctiMax cost money, MP3Gain is FREE.

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    Thanks ElPiloto!! You're da man! I've been looking for something that does this for a while. Most normalize the max volume, but not the whole song. Sweet!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElPiloto
    OctiMax is a signal processor that works with Winamp. MP3Gain normalizes the actual mp3 file, which will then work with any mp3 player.
    So one has the end result of normalizing the audio you hear, and the other... has the end result of normalizing the audio you hear?

    And there's another mp3 player besides Winamp? hah. Good one. You almost had me going there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilsociologist
    So one has the end result of normalizing the audio you hear, and the other... has the end result of normalizing the audio you hear?

    And there's another mp3 player besides Winamp? hah. Good one. You almost had me going there.
    Is Optimax lossless?

    I don't need any of the fancy sound enhancements.

    MP3Gain is FREE.

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    I think it actually does increase the volume if necessary, but understand that this isn't something written by a college student in his spare time; I credit this plugin with making my stereo & HTPC worth having. You should at least play around with the demo version.

    Also: Cancer is free too.

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    In my car I use a player called RandomMP3. It plays all the files on a drive or in a folder in true random order. So winamp plugins are worthless to me. And MP3Gain normalizes all of those files first.

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