Equalizing audio volumes in a large library

Q: Over time, I’ve accumulated a lot of music files. The problem is that the volume level varies greatly between songs. I have just bought an iPod, and would like to get all of my music to approximately the same base volume so it’s easier to listen to it all without having to constantly adjust the volume. Is there a way to do this without having to reload it from disc?

– Jen

A: Absolutely. Simply open iTunes’ Preferences window, and choose the “Playback” tab. Here, enable “Sound Check.” iTunes will proceed to iterate (slowly, perhaps) through your library, setting the relative volume of each song to be equal.

What’s even better is that the settings that Sound Check creates for each song can be utilized on the iPod equally as well. To enable this, go to your iPod’s “Settings” menu, and toggle the “Sound Check” option to “On.”

For more information on Sound Check, see our article on Equalizers and Advanced iTunes Features.

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