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Old 10-29-2011, 10:19 PM
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I've never used the Replay Gain function of my Clip+, mostly because I've been ignorant of what it was. I use Media Monkey as my music manager and it analyzes each track's gain and puts that number in the tag. Media Monkey can sync using that information and I assume creates all the files on my device so I don't have volume fluctuations.

Does that mean I don't need to use Replay Gain (I know this might be something I have to play with)? But if I do, what settings do you experienced users recommend?

If it helps, Media Monkey uses 89db as it's "standard" to measure all tracks I add to the library.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:58 PM
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89db is standard levels, I like to bump mine up a little bit to 91 or 92 because I use a pair of headphones that just sound a little weak to me without it. You have to be careful if you do this, though, because you might get a form of distortion called clipping. Anyway, it's probably not necessary to bump yours as I do. I like to use replay gain to level my files so I don't have to fiddle with the volume ever, but it's pretty personal. It can mess up balances between tracks on an album. For example, if you listen to classical music, one piece could be a fast, up-tempo march (which would be fairly loud) and the next track on an album could be a quiet chorale. If you leveled those two tracks they wouldn't sound as "musical" if you listen to the album all in a row.
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:45 PM
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It's a personal preference so only you can answer that question. I prefer using Replaygain in order to not have some songs too loud and others too soft. My hands are usually busy with something else so I don't want to have to reach for my player to boost or reduce the volume to compensate for the fluctuations.

I've found it more useful for music that hasn't been boosted to the highest level possible as part of the "loudness war" as there is a wider range of volume differences in the unboosted stuff. Even with those items that have been mastered at the higher levels it's useful to me due to differences in the volume differences between albums. There's less variation but there can still be enough to set a volume level that's either too low or high.

What settings to use? The best way to me would be to accept the MM defaults for Album gain. That levels across the entire album and also determines the gains for the individual tracks. Then I use Album gain in the settings. After that I would experiment with the gain settings. If the leveling has left the overall gain too low you can boost it some there. I've found it best not to use that setting as a volume control because it's easy to introduce unwanted distortion with too high a setting.
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:21 PM
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It's a personal preference so only you can answer that question. I prefer using Replaygain in order to not have some songs too loud and others too soft. My hands are usually busy with something else so I don't want to have to reach for my player to boost or reduce the volume to compensate for the fluctuations.

I've found it more useful for music that hasn't been boosted to the highest level possible as part of the "loudness war" as there is a wider range of volume differences in the unboosted stuff. Even with those items that have been mastered at the higher levels it's useful to me due to differences in the volume differences between albums. There's less variation but there can still be enough to set a volume level that's either too low or high.

What settings to use? The best way to me would be to accept the MM defaults for Album gain. That levels across the entire album and also determines the gains for the individual tracks. Then I use Album gain in the settings. After that I would experiment with the gain settings. If the leveling has left the overall gain too low you can boost it some there. I've found it best not to use that setting as a volume control because it's easy to introduce unwanted distortion with too high a setting.
I've been using MM gain for all my syncs. Just wondered if using the gain on the Clip would be an enhancement. Guess I'll just try it and see. Thanks
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:31 PM
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In Rockbox I have it set to "Track gain when shuffling" which means ReplayGain is in album mode by default until I shuffle. I believe in the OF you can only select track mode or album mode....so choose based upon how you listen.
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