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Does having the Sound Check box in the playback section of your iTunes preferences selected when ripping CDs affect their sound/bits later if you play them back with Sound Check unchecked?

 

In other words, I know that, for serious listening, you should uncheck Sound Check. However, since my set up is in the kitchen/family room a lot of my listening is casual (i.e. background music during dinner or playing games). For this reason, I often use Sound Check so as to avoid the large fluctuations that inevitably occur when shuffling among different sources. I'm just hoping I can have my proverbial audiophile cake and eat it too.

 

Does this make sense?

 

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Bill

 

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I find that even with Soundcheck I get large variations in playback volume. I am wondering if I should re-scan all the tracks on my iTunes database? If so, is there a best way or is there some software out there that does a better job? I am on Mac 10.4 and 10.5

 

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Ian

 

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as i wonder if there is really any such software that actually works consistently...

 

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If you're interested in keeping your music at a constant volume level (and who wouldn't be, given that not all listening is serious listening), you should definitely look into iVolume. As I wrote in my post, iTunes Helper Apps:

 

iVolume ($30)

I know that for the best possible reproduction, you should turn off Sound Check in your preferences, but for 'background' listening iVolume improves the built-in 'Sound Check' function of iTunes to have your songs actually play at the same volume level. It's made it so I can listen to music at work without my coworkers screaming, "Stop turning your music up!" every third or fourth song.

http://www.mani.de/ivolume/index.html

 

While you're at it, you should definitely check out the other apps (especially the applescripts at dougscripts.com) I recommend in that post.

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/node/633

 

HTH,

 

Bill

 

 

 

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