|Written by veryatlantic‚ĄĘ|
How To: Download MP3Gain - and Why.
The purpose of MP3Gain is to equalize the volume of separately compiled MP3 tracks. ¬†We've all had it happen that you burn or copy your favorite tunes, only to discover that each one plays at a different volume. ¬†This problem is solved by MP3Gain, but keep in mind there are other factors which can influence perceived volume. ¬†Read to end of this article for a technical explanation.
MP3Gain is a method to even out differences in recorded levels, not playback levels. ¬†MP3 Gain is freeware, do not pay for a copy. ¬†I trust download.cnet.com, although I do not care for their cluttered screens and their tolerance of fake-ware (similarly named apps displayed beside the read thing).
STEP A: DOWNLOAD A FREE COPY OF MP3 GAIN
1. Go to download.cnet.com and perform a search for the latest copy of MP3Gain. ¬†Be sure you are getting the correct file and click on download.
2. When a modular window pops up offering you the ¬†Run Save Cancel Help menu.¬† NEVER click on RUN. ¬†It is unwise to the extreme to ever run a program on-line unless you have no other choice.
3. Click on Save, and save the file to a location you can find it again, usually that special folder you created for all downloads.
4. Navigate to your download folder and ensure that MP3 Gain is present.
STEP B: ¬†See my article "How To: Install MP3Gain - and why".
STEP C: ¬†See my article "How To: Use MP3 gain - and why".
OPTIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
MP3 files are approximately 1/7th the size of corresponding CD Audio files. ¬†This means you can fit hundreds of them on a CD. ¬†The quality is excellent, as the MP3 technology emulates the human ear - it can only hear the loudest sound at any given moment. ¬†That is correct, MP3 is simply a sampling of the loudest sound ¬†44,200 times per second. ¬†It is doubtful anyone could percieve any difference in quality, although some continue to make this claim. ¬†MP3, originally called MPEG 3 layer audio, was developed as a method to send music over telephone lines. ¬†The telephone music failed the test, but the MP3 files are a boon to all music lovers.
Note for file-sharing users: downloaded MP3 music can have a wild variation in recording volumes. ¬†MP3Gain can only compensate for a range of volumes and does not work perfectly in every case. ¬†However, MP3Gain is an excellent application and is useful for "normalizing" the volume of most MP3 music. ¬†If you require more modifications, consider another free program called Audacity from Soundforge.
Yes, this used to be part of one big article, but I'm learning. . . .
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Disclaimer: veryatlantic‚ĄĘ is a non-technical source for advice and entertainment and is not responsible for any damages under any theory. All posts sacrifice technical accuracy for user-friendliness. If unsure, get help. Please feedback errors for correction.