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Gain: analysis+apply OR analysis only?
post Jan 24 2013, 01:58
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I'm using mp3gain / aacgain and I was wondering whether I should apply the gain after analysis or leave the mp3/mp4 ONLY with the analysis TAG, even though the opperation is lowssless.

I wonder that because on flac format, foobar2k will only make analysis, the volume correction is done during the playback according to each files tagged volume analysis. (correct me here if I'm wrong, please)

Now, besides Foobar2k, I also use AIMP3 player, Winamp and iPod to play those mp3/4. Will these players read the gain or just play the plain stream as it is?


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post Jan 24 2013, 06:21
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I'm not sure what to respond to, so I'll just throw everything out there.

the operation of applying gain to audio data (as far as I can tell) is NOT lossless. tagging, however, is lossless.

the mp4 tagging system doesn't allow for ReplayGain or R128 gain, but does apparently allow for SoundCheck. I believe that foobar2000 adds gain tags to mp4 files as APEv2 tags, not the proprietary tags that iPod reads.

I've never used AIMP3, and have not recently used Winamp, but the iPod with Apple firmware will not read APEv2 tags. it might read APEv2 tags from mp3s, though.

"analysis only" means that you're only analyzing the files, not adding tags or changing the audio data. "applying" might mean either adding tags or changing the audio, if I remember correctly.
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