When attempting to get a song which was playing noticeably quieter in Winamp (5.666) than the ones preceding it as well as the ones following, I thought I’d try the Amplify… effect:
This looked hopeful until I listened to the now seemingly amplified song - there was no audible difference whatever. What did I do wrong/how does one go about raising the perceived loudness/volume of a track?
No, as I said in the OP: This looked hopeful until I listened to the now seemingly amplified song - there was no audible difference whatever.
Sure I listened to it; I was anxious to see if had finally found the solution to what has been a problem for the looongest time - moste titles are tolerably equal in terms of loudness(?) volume(?) but once in a while one will be so loud as to have the neighbours pounding the walls while another (like Dylan’s ‘I threw it all away’ in the example) can barely be heard.
I had used several third-party programs portending to normalize volume across all my music tracks, but they hadn’t worked, and so I had more or less given up on it.
In that case it would appear to be a problem with your playback system. From looking at the pictures that you posted, the amplified waveform should be noticeably louder.
Check your sound card settings to see if it has any effects enabled that could be automatically “levelling” the playback.
Also. ensue that you don’t have Skype or other voip programs running in the background (they can mess with recording and playback levels).
You could force the effect to reveal itself. Put a song on the timeline, select the whole thing by clicking just above MUTE. Effect > Fade Out. Play it. The song starts out normal volume and fades to dead silence. Somewhere in the song, the system will have to make a decision to “give up.” It will be interesting to hear what it does at that point (attach).
Yes, shots in the dark because what you are reporting does not make sense. If the waveform is made significantly bigger vertically, then it is louder. So what’s happening on your system to defeat basic physics?
Well If you don’t know then I sure don’t. I asked a straightforward question and I would never have asked if I had any idea why the Amplify effect does not, in my case, amplify.
That is - to look at the before-and-after screenshots I posted in the OP, all looks hunky-dory. But the thus amplified track does not sound any different than the original.
I am as baffled as anybody else. And I did take the precaution of deleting the original un-amplified file before trying the amplified one to avoid a snafu. I have done this before, have used Audacity almost from the get-go, and never had a problem that could not be straightened out in this forum.
'Tell you what steve and koz - let’s call it a day for now and I’ll continue fiddling with this tomorrow on my own and if I find the explanation - there has to be one barring magic and I don’t believe in magic - then I’ll come back and let you know how it went.
How’s that? Thank you both for hanging in there with me so far.
Koz, you ask: Did it stay one volume all the way down or did it slowly fade?
it slowly faded from full volume until there was just vinyl rumble.
You also say: Well, there is one other possibility. People have posted with fake, impossible
or contradictory questions just to see what we would do.
I would never do that. I’ve had some 35 posts over about 5 years before this one, and if I were some
kind of troll or evildoer, it would have been obvious long ago.
So never fear, I’m on the up-and-up with a genuine liking for Audacity and a genuine desire to have it
behave as intended or else straighten things out in this excellent forum.
I most likely made some kind of mistake today as this has worked for me before, but give me until
tomorrow and I’ll experiment some more. Meanwhile I fished the original, weak-sounding file out of
Recycle Bin so I’ll leave it for now, sleep on the matter (it’s 8 pm here now) and get a fresh start tomorrow.
I were some kind of troll or evildoer, it would have been obvious long ago.
Not if you were really good at it. I think it was Poirot who said, “If I committed a crime, mon ami, you would be unaware a crime had been committed.”
You have extraordinarily unlikely conditions.
Sound and the blue waves are not welded to each other. They’re separate processes. I guess it’s remotely possible you have damaged tools. Re-install Audacity and when it asks you if you want to also reset settings and preferences, say yes.
As far as I know, DFX applies its effects to all sound devices. I am not quite sure whether the DFX Speakers virtual device is merely an “enabler” device or what its exact purpose is, but I suggest you simply take DFX out of the equation by turning off its green Power button http://www.fxsound.com/support/dfx/manual/current/parts/index.php.
I’m fascinated by not knowing what the goal is. If it is a service or tool trying to independently set volumes, what’s its goal? It’s not blindly trying to keep the overall volume constant. That would have destroyed the ramp test.
I guess we don’t know what happens if Amplify is applied so as to reduce the volume. Also, if you increased the volume of a test performance and exported it, does it import to a fresh Audacity at the new or old level?
Correct me, but this is a one-off problem. Never before heard.
My opinion is a broken Audacity. Reinstall and reset Preferences. Even if that fails, it’s one thing marked from the list.