Some songs, especially at the beginning, are way more quiet than similar songs later in set-list. Maybe they were performed that way I don’t know but it would be nice if I could make them more even.
That’s fairly easy, so let’s start with that one. (They probably were performed that way… There are loud songs and quiet songs, and live music tends to be much more dynamic than studio music.)
You can select an entire song and use the Amplify effect to increase or decrease the volume of the entire song without damaging the dynamics within the song.
But, some quiet-sounding songs may have normalized (maximized) peaks and they can’t be increased without clipping/distorting, so here’s the approach I’d recommend:
Normalize all of the songs independently. (You can use the Normalize effect, or the the Amplify effect will default to whatever change is needed for 0dB “maximized” peaks.)
Listen to all of the tracks and choose the quietest sounding track as your reference.
Adjust down the other tracks (by ear) to match the reference, or for the desired relative loudness.
(I recommend doing this as the last step after any other compression or adjustments.)
Hi. I have a concert recording from old laserdisc and it sounds great but I want to make songs volume more even and keep nice dynamic range it has also.
You do realize that dynamic compression is by definition a reduction in dynamic range, right?
My question is: What are the best compressor settings for my case or should I use some other plugin?
- if I set threshold too high it would compress it too much
- if I set threshold low and increase ratio I get more what I want but changes in volume within song are sometimes apparent in short intervals
Here’s where things get tricky. Pros use a variety of compressors and settings, and of course they have a lot more experience than most of us…
You might try using the [u]Envelope Tool[/u] to “manually” adjust the loud/quiet parts. The trick with the Envelope tool is to always start with no volume-change and fade-up or fade down with no sudden-instant changes.
You can also try the Limiter effect (a kind of fast compression) and/or the Leveler effect (a kind of slow compression or “automatic volume control”).
There is also a popular plug-in called [u]Chris’s Dynamic Compressor[/u].
Those are just things to try… “It’s easier to break things with a hammer than to build things with a hammer”, and that’s true with audio tools too…