Free MP3 Editor

 

I know this is not directly related to gps, but it is related to my travels with my gps.I could use some advice on a decent Free MP3 editor and I know there's some darn smart people here. (Playing to the egos here.LOL)

I recently travelled to Florida and back from Ontario. My car accepts a USB zip drive and I had about 240 hours of mp3 files loaded. (11hours driving and only 5 repeats on shuffle mode)

I have a Chev with the MyLink radio, that also displays the colour album artwork, song, artist, album name etc.

My primary problem was the volume variation and the need to constantly adjust the volume, with the buttons on the steering wheel.

I previously downloaded a free trial of Wavepad Editor, that did a great job of equalizing the volume levels to the point where volume variations were minimal. Unfortunately, it also stripped out the artwork on many files. Their subscription cost makes me reluctant to get the full version.

The ideal would be an editor that allowed me to equalize volume without stripping the artwork. Alternatively, I could use the trial version of Wavepad, if I could find a program that allowed me to reinstall the artwork album by album. I can do this with ITunes, but then I have reimport files into my library. I prefer not to have to do that.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

couple of years ago

I found a program, MP3Gain, which allowed you to set the volume levels on a playlist to the same level. If I remember correctly, it came from Soundforge.

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Look here

Thanks

This sounds like it does exactly what I wanted. I'll download and test it out. Might takd me acouple of weeks. We're catching up after being away for three weeks down south.

I'll let you know how well it worked.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

MP3Gain

GPSgeek wrote:

This sounds like it does exactly what I wanted. I'll download and test it out. Might takd me acouple of weeks. We're catching up after being away for three weeks down south.

I'll let you know how well it worked.

Does run in Batch mode, so all you need to do is tell it the folder name and the parameters and it does its thing- all without the aid of strings, lubricants, smoke or mirrors. (It does need wires for the electricity though.)

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Did Quick.Test

I installed and did a quick test. The analysis showed the dB range and had one album, that I knew came in low. Other albums about 93-95 dB and low one came in at 83-85.

Ran the program, in Track mode and watched all go about 89 dB.

Data & artwork appear to be unaffected. Also much quicker than I expected.

Thanks again for the recommendation.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

Run it on an album at a time

Make sure you run it on a full album at a time -- that way it applies the same adjustment to each song on the album, leaving quieter songs quieter while still meeting your overall target loudness.

Track Gain Best For Use in the car.

bwarden wrote:

Make sure you run it on a full album at a time -- that way it applies the same adjustment to each song on the album, leaving quieter songs quieter while still meeting your overall target loudness.

I wanted to adjust gains, so that I didn't have to constantly change the car radio volume, for each track. Track gain is the best for this.

I have about 240 hours of music on my usb drive and I set my car radio to shuffle, to give me a variety. It took only about 2 to 3 hours to adjust the volume on all of the tracks. A few recent road trips has proved that the program works perfectly. No volume changes needed in 2+ hours of driving.

in addition, my radio displays the album artwork and the program does not strip out any artwork. I used another program before and most of the artwork was lost.

I'm really impressed with mp3 gain.

Thanks again to BoxCar & jgermann for the recommendation

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

Another happy customer

There are many folks here with a variety of experience and talents and they often come through with a useful solution. Glad to hear another success story. I used MP3 Gain many years ago and had forgotten how well it worked and the price can't be beat!

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also very easy

TXRVer wrote:

There are many folks here with a variety of experience and talents and they often come through with a useful solution. Glad to hear another success story. I used MP3 Gain many years ago and had forgotten how well it worked and the price can't be beat!

Very easy learning curve.

Wish I'd known about this before my road trip to Florida from Ontario. I was constantly adjusting the volume. Thankfully the volume controls were on the steering wheel.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

I happen to think that Audacity:

Happy

I am so happy I read this forum I was looking for the exact same thing!

good choice for converting Vinyl LPs to Digital

350Zee wrote:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/
is pretty bodacious. smile

Many of my music files were converted from vinyl. I had a number of my own LPs, but I have a local thrift store, that sells LPs for 50 cents. When done, I redonate them.

I originally bought a program called Honestech Audio Recorder. Audacity looks like a superior program.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

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I use Audacity for editing MP3 files. It is super easy to use.

I have used MP3 Gain for volume adjustments on tracks when needed, as well.