laugh Now I’m very confused. I was told initially that Amplify wouldn’t help in accomplishing what I wanted to do-that I needed to use the dynamic range compression feature. Now you’re saying that between using ReplayGain and Amplify, what I’m wanting to accomplish will work.
As to which version of ReplayGain I’m using, I’m unsure.
Here’s what I want to do-I’m making a compilation of all the albums by KISS. Every album up through Crazy Nights (1987) was remastered. Hot in the Shade, released in 1989 was not. When listening to my KISS compilation on shuffle, it is quite noticeable that Hot in the Shade was not remastered as the sound goes WAY down. Since it doesn’t appear as though this album will be remastered and released anytime soon, the next best thing I can think of doing is getting it so that the sound level of those tracks are of the same approximate loudness of the rest of the remastered catalogue.
According to the ReplayGain analysis I did on the non-remastered and remastered versions of Crazy Nights, these are the values I got:
Crazy, Crazy Nights -5.3 -8.5
I’ll Fight Hell to Hold You -5.7 -8.3
Bang Bang You -4.5 -7.4
No No No -6.2 -9.2
Hell of High Water -4.3 -7.4
My Way -4.3 -7.3
When Your Walls Come Down -5.1 -8.1
Reason to Live -4.3 -7.4
Good Girl Gone Bad -3.9 -6.9
Turn on the Night -5.2 -8.2
Thief in the Night -5.9 -9.0
As you can see, the approximate difference in the db level is about 3. These are the db values I got for the Hot in the Shade tracks when I analyzed the tracks using ReplayGain:
Rise to It -4.4
King of Hearts -5.7
The Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away -5.3
You Love Me To Hate You -5.5
Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell -4.5
Little Caesar -3.6
Hide Your Heart -5.3
Prisoner of Love -4.5
Read My Body -5.3
Love’s a Slap in the Face -4.8
Silver Spoon -4.6
Cadillac Dreams -3.5
To test the Dynamic Range Compressor, I used it as suggested on the first six tracks of the nonremastered Crazy Nights album. On Crazy, Crazy Nights, I set the Threshold on 3 and got a result of -8.5 or -8.4. To get an -8.3 on I’ll Fight Hell to Hold You, I had to drop the Threshold to 2. I failed to write down the result for Bang Bang You. On No No No, I dropped the Threshold all the way down to 1 and could get the db only up to -7.8, far away from the -9.2db value ReplayGain calculated for the remastered version of the track. On Hell or High Water, I once again set the Threshold down to 1 and only got the db level up to -6.7, whereas the db level of the remastered version of this track according to ReplayGain analysis was -7.4. On the last track I tested, My Way, I once again set the Threshold as far to the right as I could and came out with a db level of only -5.8 as opposed to the -7.3 db level on the remastered version of the track as calculated by ReplayGain.
All I’m really wanting to do here is make the tracks from Hot in the Shade sound as loud as the tracks on the rest of the KISS albums. And I’d like to do it in the simplest way possible. If I can accomplish this either way-using Dynamic Range Compression or ReplayGain/Amplify, that’s fine with me. It would seem ReplayGain/Amplify might not be the way to go as that would require importing all of the songs to get the sound level between them all equal. That’s a LOT of songs. Seems like using the DRC would be easier but so far, I haven’t been able to get the values on some of the songs to the level they need to be and I don’t know what other adjustments apart from the Threshold I can make to effectuate the result I want. So there ya have it.:
P.S. Please no judging of my love for KISS. Yes, I know they suck. I love them anyway.