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Program vs. OS generally doesn't matter. What matters is whether you're adjusting volume in software or in hardware. Reducing volume in software is basically equivalent to reducing the bit depth. In digital audio, the signal is split up into distinct samples (taken thousands of times per second), and bit depth is the number of bits that are used to describe ...


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The specifications for storing music on CDs is called Red Book. There is an extension for Red Book called CD-Text. It allows for storage of additional information (text as album name, song name, and artist name) on a Red Book compliant audio CD. Some hardware players are able to read CD-Text, however not all discographic labels include that information on ...


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Shouldn't such info already be available on the music CD itself? I think most of us, as consumers, would say yes. And is it there? Almost never in my experience. Certainly the software I have used to rip CDs to MP3s never seems to be able to obtain this information from the CD itself. I have read of a few exceptions (notably Sony since 1997). ...


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Basically, in sound, the closer to the physical source the better, to have a clear signal. Each physical stage will add noise. Earlier, stronger. When a signal is amplified, any noise in the signal will also be amplified. A stronger signal means less noise compared to the signal. Therefore as it gets passed down the chain there will be less noise.


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MP3Gain MP3Gain does not just do peak normalization, as many normalizers do. Instead, it does some statistical analysis to determine how loud the file actually sounds to the human ear. Also, the changes MP3Gain makes are completely lossless. There is no quality lost in the change because the program adjusts the mp3 file directly, without decoding and ...


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This answer is obsolete. myTuneSync has since been declared end-of-life and is no longer available to download from the developer. Please see the other answers in this question for up-to-date answers. myTuneSync will synchronize files, metadata, and playlists between multiple iTunes libraries. It uses the iTunes APIs to update your library so you don't ...


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Here's a 4 channel stereo passive (unpowered) mixer, USD 50 at Amazon: If you can deal with switching between sources, there's a $5 option, 4 input stereo passive selector: There's also the daisy-chain option. Since you'll need a bunch of 3.5mm-3.5mm stereo cables anyway, you could run them from one computer to the other and just plug your ...


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From the VLC Wiki: VLC Global Hotkeys are shortcuts you can use even if VLC does not have the focus. Here is how to configure Global Hotkeys: Tools » Preferences » HotKeys Under the Global column, double-click the value corresponding to the function you want a global key assigned to. Press the key or key combination you want Click ...


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At the site DaveParillo suggested I've found BpmDj project. It has a bpmcount executable that calculates the bpm very nice: it handles mp3 as well as flac: 161.135 Metallica/2008 - Death Magnetic/01-That Was Just Your Life.flac 63.5645 Doom3.mp3 The only thing that's left is to retag the collection. I'll update this answer whenever I succeed. Thanks! :) ...


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You can add extra columns in the 'Details' view in one music folder and then set that as the default for all music folders via the 'Folder Options' dialog ('Organise > Folder and search options > View' and click 'Apply to folders'). Win 7 is clever enough to only apply this view to other music folders.


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Joel try this (from here): Constantly Changing Folder Views A source of frustration for most any Vista user is the ever-changing view type for various folders in Windows Explorer. For example you may set your \Users[username]\Downloads directory to display in Details view, however if you copy a picture, song or video into the directory, the next time you ...


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One of the new music players that shows a lot of promise is Songbird. I think it can do most of your feature requests. Ability to import/export ratings Yes. Songbird's iTunes integration is top notch. Automatically picks up new files/folders added to library Yes. Although right now it can only monitor one folder at a time. Has an active ...


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I use iTunes on Mac OS X because I like the integration with everything else, it's default, and I don't have any third-party hardware I need to use with it.


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I just discovered the Equalizer APO project. It takes a fair amount of work to set up, but it's infinitely more customizable than Breakaway (and it's free). http://sourceforge.net/projects/equalizerapo/ As detailed in the docs, you can generate filters using Room EQ Wizard. http://www.hometheatershack.com/roomeq/ Then you can of course tweak and add ...


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... a solution for windows: 1) Browse to the VLC folder, e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC, and create a new folder called visualizations 2) Download the latest preset_samples of ProjectM, e.g. presets-2.0.0-Source.tar.gz and extract all the .milk files to the visualizations folder created above. 3) In VLC open Preferences from the menu, go to the ...


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I suggest using Mp3tag; it has a rich feature set and allows this quite simply. To do this with Mp3tag, simply: Open it. Select all the files you want to rename (Ctrl+D to change to a certain directory). Select them all in the list (Ctrl+A). Go to the Convert menu at the top and select the first option, Tag - Filename. For the format string, use my ...


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Typically, I like to have my software levels and OS levels as loud as possible. Since these sources are generally not amplified, their decibel ceiling should be 0dB; Essentially, they can't clip. I then make sure that this sound goes directly to a single amplified destination, such as digital headphones (via USB), speakers with a volume knob and power ...


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I know an answer has already been accepted but I recently discovered Breakaway Audio Enhancer which is just amazing. Breakaway Audio Enhancer dramatically improves the quality of the listening experience by digitally remastering audio in real-time with the same technology used by the pros in the music and broadcast business. Any media player ...


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Songbird. I especially like the Concerts addon which tells you if any artists in your library are playing gigs where you live.


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Windows Media Player. With Windows 7 and Windows Media Player 12, the media sharing options are remarkable, and it syncs perfectly with my old Sansa m250 MP3 player.


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Update iTunes to 9.0. It let's you sync up to 5 computers in your home.


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Since m3u is basically just a list of files you can use dir command like this: dir /b > songlist.m3u This will make a list of files in a folder. If you also want to add files in all sub folders, add switch /s, however this will add full path in front of files so if the songs are on a portable player you might want to edit out the path to original ...


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If I gather a bunch of songs on a playlist for sides a/b of the tape, how can I ensure that the volume for all songs is the same as it plays on the tape? Turn on the 'Sound Check' feature of iTunes. This will auto-level your music. I was thinking of finding an old compact casette recorder and putting the single line sterio output of my Mac to the ...


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Rather than worry about securing the software in this case, you should focus on the hardware. Remove all the network ports, USB ports, floppy drives, and anything else that can be used to copy files. Physically lock the chassis to prevent anyone from just reaching in and ripping out the hard drive. Chances are, for a karaoke machine, there'd be little ...


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FLAC format is lossless format meaning that regardless of the level of compression used, you will always have the real lossless audio. Higher compression meaning to a some extent the smaller file, but it will need more CPU power to play and compression time will be slower. Basically any lossless audio format (Monkey's Audio, OptimFROG, WavPack, Tom's ...


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I found a way to do this with Virtual Audio Cable and 1 Skype open. Open VAC Control Panel and make 2 lines Open 4 Audio Repeater(MME)s Set the First to Wave In: Line 1 and Wave Out: Speakers or primary output device Set the Second to Wave In: Primary Microphone and Wave Out: Line 1 Set the Third to Wave In: Primary Microhone and Wave Out: Line 2 Set the ...


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I think amarok is on of the best players for linux and my personal favourite. I'm afraid it does not fulfil your requirements very well. Ability to import/export ratings Partly, there are varius scripts to import from iTunes, haven't tried it however. Automatically picks up new files/folders added to library Nope, you'll have to rescan. ...


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The ID3v2 standard tags have a 'Publisher' field. Definitely more appropriate than using the 'Comments' field. I use Mp3tag where you can add the publisher field via 'Tools > Options > Tag Panel'.



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