Volume Leveling allows Tracks to be played back in MediaMonkey at a consistent volume level, so that you don't have to manually adjust the volume to compensate for some Tracks being recorded at higher/lower volumes than others. Leveling playback volume is generally accomplished by either:
- Leveling the playback volume of a file as it plays in MediaMonkey based on a (Replay Gain) volume leveling coefficient that has been previously calculated. Note that distinct coefficients are used for per Track, and Per Album, so that Playback can be set to occur at a steady volume per Track, or per Album (to preserve the intended volume fluctuations between tracks on an album).
- Leveling the track volume of the source file so that it plays back at level volume on any player. This permanently modifies the file and can be accomplished losslessly (for MP3 files only) or lossily (for all files).
For more information on these approaches, see: Basic Concepts: Volume Leveling
Leveling Playback Volume
- Select all of your Tracks and click Tools > Analyze Volume. This will take some time as each Track will be individually analyzed and (per Track and per Album) volume adjustment coefficients will be calculated for each Track/Album (displayed as a deviation from the 'Target volume for playback'). Note that per Album coefficients are only calculated when all tracks on an album are selected to be analyzed. You can change the default settings via Tools > Options > Player > Volume Leveling.
Note: If you have MediaMonkey Gold, the settings panel allows you to automate volume analysis so that it occurs in the background.
- From the Play menu, click Level Volume . This will cause the Player to adjust the volume level using the 'per Track' / 'per Album' coefficient depending on configuration (for 'per Album' leveling, Track leveling coefficients are used if Album coefficients are absent). Note that Volume leveling is only supported for the MediaMonkey player--it is not supported in Winamp.
Leveling Track Volume
To losslessly level the volume of MP3 Tracks already in the library:
- Configure the 'Target volume level for leveling' to the desired volume via Tools > Options > Player > Volume Leveling.
- Select all of the Tracks you wish to level and click Tools > Level Track Volume. This will take some time as each Track will be individually analyzed, and the volume will then be adjusted so that the Track(s) can play back levelled on any player.
To level the volume of Tracks when Burning a CD, Ripping a CD, or converting between audio formats (note that this is a lossy operation--the newly created files will not be exact replicas):
- Configure the 'Target volume level for ripping CDs' and 'Target volume level for leveling' to the desired volume via Tools > Options > Player > Volume Leveling.
- Enable the 'Level volume' checkbox on the respective dialogs.
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