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Postby frostypop » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:24 pm



i have a zumo 550, i put my music on it to listen to while riding like most of the rest of you. my problem is that one song is louder or lower than the next, so i am constantly changing the volume unless i play the whole album from one artist and then go to the next artist. i think it has to do with my computer in the way it has recorded it to the SD card. if i play the music on my computer it doesn't seem to be that way, unless i just don't notice it. 8-)



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Re: music

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:50 pm

What you're looking for is "normalization." You're right, MP3 files can vary greatly in their perceived loudness. That said, you can get music player apps for your phone that will normalize the playback, to make all the various songs the same apparent volume.

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Re: music

Postby ka4yqi » Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:28 am

Do you rip you own cd or is this music you collected? I use AudioCrusher to rip my cd's to make my mp3's to use on the motorcycle and samurais. It has normalisation in the program. Seems there art to be a program to run the files thru to do this for it before copying.

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Re: music

Postby frostypop » Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:00 pm

yes i rip my own cds into windows media player. i have tried to see if there was an volume leveling built into it but couldnt find it. i guess i just need to get a different program to do that. thanks for the help 8-)

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Re: music

Postby frostypop » Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:03 pm

WingAdmin wrote:What you're looking for is "normalization." You're right, MP3 files can vary greatly in their perceived loudness. That said, you can get music player apps for your phone that will normalize the playback, to make all the various songs the same apparent volume.

well i am behind the times, i dont have a smart phone. but thanks 8-)

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Re: music

Postby redial » Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:33 pm

You dont need a Smart Phone. There is a program called Audials that scans for your songs on all of the known online radio stations (about 5 000). It will then collect them and put them into a folder for you, and then you can either burn a CD or put them into a memory stick, and find someway of playing the memory stick. These plug into a power source, and then you can have an ear piece to listen to the music of your choice. It works surprisingly well. And for a total outlay of about $50, you will be able to select the songs that you like without having to purchase (legal) original music to copy (not so legal). The Audials program claims to be 100% legal.
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Re: music

Postby Sagebrush » Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:17 am

Anyone know of a program that can batch normalize MP3s after they've been ripped? I've got about 8 gigs worth ripped from various sources and downloaded from the interweb. I sure would like to get them somewhat the same in volume.

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Re: music

Postby Mag » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:01 pm

hmmm, I have tons of CDs on my laptop which are at varying volumes, and a good thing about my Samsung Galaxy III phone is during its most recent update, it gained a normalization on the volume....LOVE THIS! All my Doobie Brothers old CDs were really low, now I can hear them again...and, of course, the Lynyrd Skynyrd comes in perfectly ;)

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Re: music

Postby frostypop » Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:21 pm

ka4yqi wrote:Do you rip you own cd or is this music you collected? I use AudioCrusher to rip my cd's to make my mp3's to use on the motorcycle and samurais. It has normalisation in the program. Seems there art to be a program to run the files thru to do this for it before copying.

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i downloaded this Audio Crusher, but it seems its not for windows vista, it just goes up to windows xp... 8-)

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Re: music

Postby bitterclinger00 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:19 am

Try Mp3gain to batch normalize....What I've found out is the program you rip a CD with makes a difference in normalization

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Re: music

Postby Sagebrush » Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:14 am

I found this program last night while searching. I downloaded it and batch normalized a folder containing over 700 mp3 files. They all now have the same volume. Big plus is its Freeware. Click on the following link.

MP3gain

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Re: music

Postby Mag » Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:51 pm

I am trying the MP3GAIN now to see how it works ;) It is going to take a lot to do, but if it works, then sounds good to me.

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Re: music

Postby ka4yqi » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:22 pm

frostypop wrote:
ka4yqi wrote:Do you rip you own cd or is this music you collected? I use AudioCrusher to rip my cd's to make my mp3's to use on the motorcycle and samurais. It has normalisation in the program. Seems there art to be a program to run the files thru to do this for it before copying.

Steve

i downloaded this Audio Crusher, but it seems its not for windows vista, it just goes up to windows xp... 8-)


Sorry, never tried it with anything above XP. Guess I am still behind times.

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Re: music

Postby bitterclinger00 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:20 pm

One good thing about mp3gain is you can undo it and try a different db...just play with one mp3 until you get a setting that pleases you...then batch

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Re: music

Postby frostypop » Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:14 am

Sagebrush wrote:I found this program last night while searching. I downloaded it and batch normalized a folder containing over 700 mp3 files. They all now have the same volume. Big plus is its Freeware. Click on the following link.

MP3gain

well i downloaded this MP3gain even thow it didnt have windows vista listed. but it worked. i did all my mp3's and am trying it out right now on my player and it seems it worked. next redo the music on my garmin and try it. thanks for finding this program. :D 8-)

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Re: music

Postby bluewing2010 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:48 pm

I use MP3Gain all the time and it's brilliant. You can put all your music for the bike into one folder then import that folder into MP3Gain. It will check the volume levels and then set all the tracks to the same level within about .1dB. I set the desired level at 95dB which is usually a bit louder than the original level from a ripped CD, but it means that you don't have to turn the volume up as high on the bike.
And the best part is the price.....

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Re: music

Postby minimac » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:43 am

I found the best thing for the music I like was mounting my old XM radio(Roadie). The antenna is velcroed to the dash at the bottom of the windshield. The radio itself I had originally velcroed to the straps on the left side pocket cover, but now is suction cup mounted to the windshield. The wires and cords are bundled up and tucked into the left pocket and it is plugged into a 12 volt receptacle on that side. When I tire of one style of music, I just change the channel to another. It's well worth the $150/yr(or less) for the additional subscription to listen to what I want to and not endless commercials. When I park, the whole works pops off quickly and is easily stowed in one of the locking compartments.

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Re: music

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:44 pm

minimac wrote:I found the best thing for the music I like was mounting my old XM radio(Roadie). The antenna is velcroed to the dash at the bottom of the windshield. The radio itself I had originally velcroed to the straps on the left side pocket cover, but now is suction cup mounted to the windshield. The wires and cords are bundled up and tucked into the left pocket and it is plugged into a 12 volt receptacle on that side. When I tire of one style of music, I just change the channel to another. It's well worth the $150/yr(or less) for the additional subscription to listen to what I want to and not endless commercials. When I park, the whole works pops off quickly and is easily stowed in one of the locking compartments.


Yep, I've had XM on my bike (and in my cars) now for years, it's fantastic for long rides, instead of listening to radio stations fade in and out.

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Re: music

Postby GRAPEAPE94 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:12 pm

I agree with the XM radio. I have an older Roady mounted on the left handlebar with the antenna on top of the dash. Mine is a 5volt system plugged in on the left side and plays thru the aux on my radio. I am a pre Beatles fan so it stays tuned to the 50's most of the time. I really like the fact that I don't have to search for stations all the time when traveling.

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Re: music

Postby Mag » Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:57 pm

Been running Sirius on my cars for a long time, and as Admin remembers, will be doing this as an install for this year I think. I like the idea that I can move it from car to bike to boombox on the back deck ;)

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Re: music

Postby Huntersbane » Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:34 am

Free Normaliser called MP3Gain (Look for it on Google) You can set all MP3's to a Standard Volume (or Track Gain)

Just set all MP3 music Volume to the Highest Level before copying to CD or Tape

Then adjust your volume to the right level for yourself on the bike cassette or helmet bluetooth. and hey presto.

Level Volume...!!!! :D

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Re: music

Postby MikeB » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:46 pm

Thanks for the Normalizer.


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