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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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skamp
post Nov 25 2012, 17:28
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That's a solution to a problem that I don't know exists. Album gain = preserve the integrity of an album; makes sense when listening to albums. Track gain: make everything sound as loud; makes sense when shuffling (or picking single tracks from various albums). What other playback modes are there that would benefit from your solution?

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post Nov 25 2012, 17:38
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QUOTE (skamp @ Nov 25 2012, 17:28) *
That's a solution to a problem that I don't know exists.

That may be true for you, but for sure not for me.

QUOTE (skamp @ Nov 25 2012, 17:28) *
Album gain = preserve the integrity of an album; makes sense when listening to albums.

Agreed. That's why I call it the "natural strategy".

QUOTE (skamp @ Nov 25 2012, 17:28) *
Track gain: make everything sound as loud; makes sense when shuffling (or picking single tracks from various albums).

Not agreed. The goal is not to have everything as loud as possible but to have everything appearing as equal loud, and that's the crux.

QUOTE (skamp @ Nov 25 2012, 17:28) *
What other playback modes are there that would benefit from your solution?

I had the idea last week and implemented it immediately. Having listened for some days to a shuffle with strategy "50%", I have the impression that it improves dramatically the strategy "track" == "100%".
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