First post here. I used Audacity 1.2.x until my hard drive failed…so I switched to the latest version. I never had this problem with the old version, but it also could be a settings thing I’m missing. I rip my vinyl and generally aim for an initial peak amplitude of 13-17db before setting new peak amplitude to -0.1. The audio would amplify consistently across different vinyls at the same volume without clipping…until now.
With this new version, I tested and tested clips and found when they were short (~30secs), I’d reach that initial peak amplitude I look for stated above. However, with every recording now, it drops to 5db or so after the entire side has recorded. I never had this issue before and now I don’t have a general volume across all my vinyls. If I do get a general volume, it’s significantly lower than what it used to be. Comparatively speaking, initially before i lost my setup and information on my hard drive, after setting peak amplification to -0.1, the volume would be similar to CDs/mp3s. Now it’s not even half of that. I understand there’s a volume knob/slider for a reason, but I do enjoy the loudness without the clipping I had previously gotten.
So…does anyone have any insight into this? Basically why a 30 second clip will have a peak amplitude of ~15 and an entire side featuring the same clip drops to around ~5.
Thanks ahead of time.