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  1. mikea4

    mikea4 New Member

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    Hi all

    Just had my old iPod video die on me and I'm now using an old nano of the wife's but have noticed that I have to turn the volume way up when I'm listening to the ipod through the mmi and when I switch back to radio it about makes my ears bleed. Can't say I noticed this before.

    Am I doing something wrong or is there a way to increase the input volume?
     
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  3. Simo_UK

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    Is there volume protection set on the iPod?
    Does the volume change as you increase/decrease it on the ipod? Accessories should control the volume on iPods but may depend on the age?
     
  4. mikea4

    mikea4 New Member

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    Tried the volume protection and it made no difference and you can't control the iPod once it's plugged in. Really strange that I've never noticed it before with my old video iPod but it's really a big difference.

    Tried my iPhone tonight and that's the same so either the video was louder (somehow) or I'm dreaming it!!!
     
  5. xs2man

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    Was your video from outside the EU?

    I bought my ipod from the US as the French made the EU restrict the volume achievable on European ipods. There is a massive difference.
     
  6. johnnythepie

    johnnythepie Well-Known Member

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    hate that volume limit.only thing to do is to run your music through MP3 gain at something like 98db.Thatll make it louder without much loss in quality.Try it on one track first and play both to see if it helps you
     
  7. mikea4

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    Thanks I'll try that
     
  8. enoliver

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    I have a similar problem at home with an ipod dock. when listening to the radio, the volume is set at around 20, but with the ipod, it's around 50. I went to Apple, and they suggest that when I downloaded the music from my pc, the volume was set at a given level, and to change it, I should plug the ipod back into the pc, and increase the volume control on the pc. I haven't done it yet,- forgot all about it, Ta!!
     
  9. johnnythepie

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    Nah.Change the volume level using mp3gain.When you use the track analyser, it will tell you what the sound level is.Adjust all your music to a set level (in fact this is called normalizing).I run the same tracks through foobar2000 if ive downloaded them as a variable bit rate, before i use mp3 gain.I use the utilities 'fix vbr mp3 header', and then 'rebuild mp3 stream'.This is to ensure that all players recognise the correct time duration of the track length.If you need a guide, ill write one and pm you.
     
  10. enoliver

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    Hi, That's really helpful of you,- thanks, i'd appreciate your input.
     
  11. johnnythepie

    johnnythepie Well-Known Member

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    I think other peeps might find it useful.Works for me.Soz no screenshots but Im a cabbage.The program sites have it all anyway.

    INCREASE VOLUME FOR IPOD ETC

    Thanks to the EEC, a lot of portable MP3 devices have built in noise limiters which in effect means no more loud music that might damage the ear. So much so that in most cases, you cant listen to music at a decent level in noisy environments etc. The easiest thing to do is to buy outside the EEC. American ones don’t have this limiter. When music is downloaded or ripped, it is down so at different sound levels which means that some tracks seem louder than others which is annoying. If a variable bit rate is used in the recording instead of a constant bit rate, some players have difficulty in recognising the correct length of the track which confuses both the player and listener.By using two free programs, these problems will be solved by
    a)Ensuring every track is louder
    b)Ensuring every track has the same volume level
    c)Ensuring that every track has the correct time values.

    I am assuming that the mp3’s are correctly tagged ie: displaying artist, track name album name etc.This can be done in itunes, but I personally use an older program called Musicmatch which is one (in my opinion) of the best music players ever in that it allows you to rip, convert, listen, tag name and album art in one interface. Doesnt work with W7 though, as Musicmatch is long defunct and unsupported having been bought by Yahoo! and shelved.

    The programs that you will need are
    1)Foobar2000 Download foobar2000 and optional components
    2)MP3Gain MP3Gain Downloads Choose mp3gain-win-1_2_5.exe

    Foobar is in itself a very useful media player that does most of what Musicmatch does including tagging, but Ive used MM for years and Im happy with it. Foobar will make sure that the MP3 is clean in that its recognised properly by the player in that it fixes the time issue and rebuilds the MP3 stream. Works with all Windows platforms.

    MP3Gain will increase the volume of the track, and by processing many tracks will make them all the same volume. Will also show you at what volume they were originally processed at. Some will be higher than others.Works with all Windows platforms.


    Foobar 2000

    Having downloaded, keep a shortcut on your desktop.

    Open Foobar. A pretty plain window opens that has at the top FILE EDIT VIEW PLAYBACK LIBRARY HELP.
    In the main window will be PLAYING ARTIST/ALBUM TRACK TITLE/ARTIST DURATION.
    This is the main window that you need to drag and drop your music into either individually or by album etc.
    Drag an album into this window, all titles will be displayed individually.Highlight one track by a left click, and then press CONTROL and A on your keyboard to highlight all tracks.Right click on any track to bring up a drop down menu. Select UTILITIES and FIX VBR MP3 HEADER. A ‘do you want to continue’ box appears, click ‘yes’.Wait and you are done.
    Do the same again but select REBUILD MP3 STREAM. Again click ‘yes’ and you are done with Foobar for this process.One problem that might occur when using Foobar is that the options to Fix and Rebuild disappear.This is because too many tracks have been loaded into the window. Try cutting them down, until the option reappears.

    MP3Gain

    Having downloaded, keep a shortcut on your desktop.

    Open MP3Gain.You will see a box that you can put in your required volume into, the default is 89db, but I have found that 98db suits. Enter this amount.Drag all your ‘Foobard’ files into the main window, and click the ‘Track Analysis’ icon.Once done, you can see the different sound volumes of each file. Click ‘Track Gain’ and wait.Depending on how many music files are in the windows depends how long it takes!!. Ive done 300gb in 20gb stages. Took ages, but ALL my music is now tidy and sounds the same.

    Close both programs and youre done.If you find that 98db doesn’t suit, then increase or decrease the value till youre happy.

    Enjoy.
     

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