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Replay Gain: Album Gain vs. Track Gain
pbelkner
post Nov 25 2012, 17:08
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Given a Replay Gain tagged file, at playback time there's usually the choice between applying the album gain or the track gain. Both have their pros and cons but in general neither strategy seems to be perfect.

If we consider album gain as the "natural strategy" because it preserves the loudness difference between an album's individual tracks we may consider track gain as some kind of "deviation" from the "natural strategy" aiming to correct some flaws of the "natural strategy".

Viewed this way the question rises why there shouldn't be a measure allowing us to control the "deviation" in a smooth way from 0% (album gain) to 100% (track gain)? The latest version with the FFSoX Player plugin for WA implements the idea:


What do you think about it? Do you find it useful?


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greynol
post Nov 25 2012, 17:45
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I think it's a good idea, thought I think there are too many choices. 25%, 50% and 75% should be adequate, 20% steps will definitely be adequate.


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post Nov 25 2012, 17:50
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QUOTE (greynol @ Nov 25 2012, 17:45) *
I think it's a good idea, thought I think there are too many choices. 25%, 50% and 75% should be adequate, 20% steps will definitely be adequate.

I think a more appropriate GUI control would have been a slider. Having a drop down box was the easiest way to have an implementation without modifying the existing GUI (the drop down box was already there).
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post Nov 25 2012, 17:56
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QUOTE (pbelkner @ Nov 25 2012, 08:50) *
I think a more appropriate GUI control would have been a slider. Having a drop down box was the easiest way to have an implementation without modifying the existing GUI (the drop down box was already there).

I would still limit the number of steps on the slider. I don't believe such resolution is useful, let alone warranted. If people are going to use the function in a conversion process a non-detented slider can be problematic. They may adjust the slider between conversions and not remember where they had it previously set.

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