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Old 06-16-2010, 10:14 AM
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I know I have seen the threads before, but what is everyone's professional opinion on Replaygain? Is there true benefits in using it or is it more of a personal preference?
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:05 PM
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Its pretty nice to have.
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:51 PM
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I agree, i like it a lot and wouldn't go back to no replay gain. Leveling off your library, then turning up the preamp makes using cans that are harder to power a hell of a lot better on the go. That is only the main reason i like it though there are plenty of others.
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:54 PM
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Prevents clipping right?

I should use replaygain.
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I love it.....if you like to shuffle your tunes, it is awesome. That way if your player goes from an older recording, right into something from today's loudness war recordings, you won't get blasted out at the transition.
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Old 06-16-2010, 01:23 PM
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What is a suggested preamp?

I am using Nuforce NE-6's w/Clip+. On occasion, I use Super Fi 5 pro's
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:14 PM
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I use MP3Gain, the variant that reversibly encodes the gain change into the music files so that no special technology is needed on whatever player you are using. Very nice to have.
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What is a suggested preamp?

I am using Nuforce NE-6's w/Clip+. On occasion, I use Super Fi 5 pro's
The default works well unless you think its too loud or too quiet.
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So by looking at Mp3Gain, I guessing that that program does not work with FLAC?
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So by looking at Mp3Gain, I guessing that that program does not work with FLAC?
I'm pretty sure that you are correct.

But that raised the Q in my mind, does ReplayGain on a Fuze or Clip+ work with FLAC? [It also raises the Q...since I don't use FLAC, why am I doing this? No real answer to this one.]

Here's the relevant Fuze page from Sandisk (didn't see one for Clip+).
http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/de...in/r_id/101834

Which raises the Q...does FLAC support "track metadata"? I don't know.

Sandisk claims to follow the standard from replaygain.org (http://www.replaygain.org/ ) which prominently mentions mp3 on it's home page but not FLAC. However, the site does not appear to have been updated since 2001.

Which brings me back to me second Q...since I don't use FLAC, why am I doing this?

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Old 06-16-2010, 03:18 PM
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I know ReplayGain works with LAME mp3 and also with WMA files, both CBR and VBR....but I don't put any FLAC or Vorbis on my players, so I don't know if they will work or not.
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So by looking at Mp3Gain, I guessing that that program does not work with FLAC?
The flac encoder supports replaygain natively, just encode with the --replay-gain option.

To add replaygain to existing flacs, go to each album's directory and run;

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metaflac --add-replay-gain *.flac
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Is MediaMonkey one of those obnoxious programs that grabs all your file associations without asking?
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I can specify file associations within Media Monkey. I think you can specify it in the installer already.
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I know I have seen the threads before, but what is everyone's professional opinion on Replaygain? Is there true benefits in using it or is it more of a personal preference?
I couldn't listen to any player without Replaygain anymore, that's how spoiled I am. Not having to touch my volume control when not necessary is quite the luxury. Replaygain is the best thing since sliced bread (and gapless playback).

BTW; Replaygain in the stock Sansa firmware is broken, at least for Vorbis files. It seems it doesn't read negative values, and amplifies some files more than necessary. Rockbox Replaygain of course works just fine.
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