Volume Balancer 1.10

Adjusts the peak and average levels of WAV files

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What's new in Volume Balancer 1.10:

  • It is now possible to save the data displayed in the file grid as a CSV file by right-clicking in the grid.
  • Bug fix: If Volume Balancer cannot add a file for any reason, it incorrectly output an error message that the file is not a 16 bit 44.1kHz WAV file. This has now been corrected: that message only appears when the file really isn't in the correct format. Other reasons for being unable to open the file result in a different message.
  • Bug fix: Previous versions allowed the user to manually type in an arbitrary entry to the Preset drop-down box; this would then cause a "List out of bounds" error. The Preset drop-down box has been changed to prevent this.
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Clive Backham
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Volume Balancer - The main window of Volume Balancer lets you select the file to be processedVolume Balancer - Track Group window lets you choose the files to sortVolume Balancer - Advanced Options window of Volume Balancer lets you modify the output parameters
The Volume Balancer application allows you to adjusts the peak and average levels of WAV files so that they have the same perceived loudness. It is primarily intended for use as a final step before burning a compilation CD from a variety of sources.

Note that Volume Balancer works only on CD-format WAV files (ie. 44.1kHz, 16-bit, stereo). It does not work on MP3 files; if you wish to balance the loudness of these, it is necessary to convert them to WAV files first. 

As many people have found to their frustration, simple normalization of the peak levels of WAV files does not make them sound equally loud. Perceived loudness is also influenced by the dynamic range of the file. To balance the loudness of a set of WAV files requires experimentation with varying degrees of dynamic range compression, and this can be very tedious.

Volume Balancer automates this process and is exceptionally easy to use. It is aimed squarely at the user who prefers not to have to bother with the intricacies of dynamic range compression and just wants an easy way to get their files sounding equally loud. Simply select the set of WAV files in question, choose a reference loudness level, and press the "Prepare & Balance" button. Volume Balancer then normalizes the peak levels of all the files and applies the appropriate amount of amplification and/or dynamic range compression to each of the files in order to bring their perceived loudness up to that of the reference.

Last updated on July 12th, 2014

Runs on: Windows All


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