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help with nero

PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2002 7:00 pm
by cdrfreak2003
while im adding some music to my list so i can burn a cd
it says NORMALIZE ALL AUDIO FILES. what does that mean.
also should i put a check on it or not

PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2002 7:33 pm
by BuddhaTB
Please don't cross post and post your questions in the appropriate forum like Nero for this topic.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2002 8:00 pm
by Ian
I believe it makes the volume the same for all of the audio tracks.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2002 10:13 pm
by cdrfreak2003
is that a good thing or bad thing?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2002 10:35 pm
by Inertia
It can be good or bad depending on the situation.

For instance:
If you are recording MP3 files from different sources that were created with widely varying basic volume levels, normalization can be useful in "leveling" the basic volume somewhat. This can be particularly useful in pop music, which typically doesn't have a wide dynamic range. Normalizing this type of music usually won't have unnatural sounding results as typical original recordings may use near-peak sound levels.

On the other hand, some music like classical music, ballads, or other musical passages that have a wide dynamic range can have the entire character and musicality of the passages ruined by careless normalization.

The bottom line is, it depends on the material. If you want to try this, I would suggest that you normalize the music and record it to hard drive first. Listen to it on the hard drive, and if it sounds OK to your ear, then go and and burn it. If the volume balance doesn't sound right, you can play with the normalization of individual tracks with most audio editors. Experiment with it, and try again until it sounds right. :)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2002 12:13 am
by Action Jackson
I experimented a bit with the peak level cutoff for Nero.

-Select your compilation
-Right click it
-Select Properties
-Select Filters
-Check off the "Normalize" option
-I prefer to use the "Maximum" at 90 percent.

Your milage may vary.

That's why I use CDRW's to burn audio CD's to so I can hear if they worked correctly.

Do a search for "Roundup of High Speed CDRW" and you'll find some of my overburning audio tests.