Multi-track volume issues due to single track [SOLVED]

Hey everyone,

So I’ve been working on a new song using Audacity 2.1.2, and I’m encountering some volume issues. Particularly, I have a track with a snare drum and each time the snare comes in, the volume on all of my other tracks drops significantly. When I decrease the volume of the snare track, my other tracks sound just fine, but then the snare track is too quiet. Any ideas what is causing this problem? Is it something regarding the snare’s frequency or some sort of destructive interference?

Thanks in advance for any help!

The size of the blue waves doesn’t change when this happens, right, just the sound gets messed up. Look in Windows and make sure it’s not running playback filters or effects to “help you.”

I got stuck with a new Windows machine that wouldn’t pass plain, normal sound tests. Turned out it was running “Cathedral Effects” on my sound in the background.

Another thing that can happen is sound management by Skype or other chat program. Close everything when you’re editing.


Dude, you’re a godsend. Problem solved! It was the Windows loudness equalization. I may have turned it on way back when to help the laptop speakers sound louder for watching videos, but apparently it was completely messing up the volume balance in Audacity.

For anyone encountering this issue in the future:

Right click the sound icon at the bottom right of the taskbar.
Select Sounds.
Select the Playback tab.
Right click your playback device and select Properties.
Select the Enhancements tab.
Uncheck loudness equalization, and apply the settings.