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 03/13/2000 |   mp3 knows how you feel                                 |
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     opener |                                                          |
            |   Delve   into  the   deep,    dark   secrets  of  mp3   |
            |   normalization  and other  goofy things.   Although I   |
            |   intended to concentrate on automatically  equalizing   |
            |   audio,  the  exploration  spread to  other  things.    |
            |   Particularly distracted  by AVS for WinAmp -- a high   |
            |   level music-seeing plugin.                             |
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  look west |                                                          |
            |   First,  a  few  technical  sources  to  read on  the   |
            |   subject.                                               |
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            |   How CDs work at the lowest level                       |
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            |   Overview of the mp3 techniques                         |
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            |   Ars Technica: Do MP3 encoders sound different?         |
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            |   alt.binaries.sounds mp3 FAQ                            |
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            |   MPEG 3 Layer Sounds technical page [frames]            |
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    loss of |                                                          |
       limb |   Two sites for this sort of technical  jive  are down   |
            |   at  the time  of this  writing.   Check them  later,   |
            |   perhaps: mp3bench.org + mp3info.org                    |
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            |   Client-side plugins                                    |
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 taking the |                                                          |
   easy way |   The simplest  way to fix an mp3 that's too quiet  is   |
        out |   to filter it on the  client side.   As  I use WinAmp   |
            |   (and I know some other players are capable of  using   |
            |   its  plugins)  I     looked  for  DSP    filters  to   |
            |   automatically  check  the  audio and crank  it up if   |
            |   it's too soft.                                         |
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            |   There are a few  old plugins that do this, but in my   |
            |   experience  RockSteady  blows them all  away.  There   |
            |   are  some  options which I  don't  understand;  just   |
            |   check the "Smart limiting" box in the configuration,   |
            |   and you should be set.                                 |
            |                                                          |
            |   Note that  this  also cranks  the  soft portions  of   |
            |   songs  somewhat, so  this doesn't work perfectly  on   |
            |   quickly-changing    jazz   and    classical  tunes.    |
            |   Nitpicking.  This  operates as advertised  with most   |
            |   rock and pop music.                                    |
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 no need to |                                                          |
       find |   Of course,  you might  notice there  are many  other   |
   paradise |   plugins on the WinAmp site.  Some that looked handy:   |
            |                                                          |
            |   MuchFX2 allows WinAmp to "stack" DSP effects, so you   |
            |   can use  RockSteady at the  same  time as  any other   |
            |   filter.                                                |
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            |   BPMeter attempts to measure the  current  tempo, but   |
            |   failed  miserably  with  every song  I threw  at it,   |
            |   except an extremely simple techno song.                |
            |                                                          |
            |   Chronotron is your standard time stretching slider.    |
            |   Doesn't  alter pitch, just makes the music faster or   |
            |   slower.  Handy for DJ applications, covered below.     |
            |                                                          |
            |   NT  Pitch is the  opposite  of the chrono plugin; it   |
            |   adjusts pitch without altering tempo much.             |
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            |   Wide and Dynamix works like those goofy 3d expanding   |
            |   stereo  modes  on  minisystems.    Makes  for   some   |
            |   interesting tweaking.                                  |
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            |   Actual normalization software                          |
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    no more |                                                          |
 quick outs |   This is the correct way to fix volume problems: when   |
            |   the mp3s are created.  No direct-to-mp3 encoder that   |
            |   I  know  of can operate on the sound simultaneously,   |
            |   so a WAV file is necessary.                            |
            |                                                          |
            |   AudioCatalyst [encoder of choice] will automatically   |
            |   normalize its  output,  as long as  the intermediate   |
            |   WAV  file is enabled.  The  major downside to this?    |
            |   It's much, much slower to write out the WAV file.      |
            |                                                          |
            |   LinearTeam  Normalizer  operates   directly  on  WAV   |
            |   files,  is free,  and  could be used  just  prior to   |
            |   encoding the sound into mp3.                           |
            |                                                          |
            |   MP3  Educator  is  shareware that  decompresses  the   |
            |   mp3s,  normalizes them, re-encodes them up, and even   |
            |   renames the files if you like.                         |
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            |   Other handy and/or silly tools                         |
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            |   Vinyl to CD Wave Corrector  is more  shareware  that   |
            |   eliminates  hissing and  popping if  you're  turning   |
            |   your vinyl collection into mp3.                        |
            |                                                          |
            |   MP3Trim  lets  you strip  off frames from your mp3.    |
            |   Great for  those  songs that have just a bit  of the   |
            |   previous song attached to their front, a loud click,   |
            |   and so on.                                             |
            |                                                          |
            |   OK  Uncooker  is  by   far  the  easiest   uncooking   |
            |   application for  when you  download  an  mp3 and  it   |
            |   sounds all garbled.                                    |
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            |   Full mixing/DJ software                                |
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  trading a |                                                          |
  train for |   Now, as my soundcard is too  old and ugly to do true   |
     volume |   duplex  playback, I have not  actually  used  any of   |
            |   this software yet.  Soon, my pretty... soon.           |
            |                                                          |
            |   *Muahahaha!*  Er, yeh, here you go:                    |
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            |   WinAmp Crossfader                                      |
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            |   MP3 Surgeon                                            |
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            |   Internet Audio Mix                                     |
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            |   Mixman                                                 |
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            |   Tactile12000                                           |
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            |   MJ Studio                                              |
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            |   Virtual Turntables                                     |
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            |   PCDJ Phat                                              |
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            |   Mp3  2000  Studio - Highly  unrecommended.   Changes   |
            |   your browser start page on install with no option.     |
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        eh? |   This is the log of a faceless entity.  Me.  I wander   |
            |   around  the web, and  point out what are most likely   |
            |   completely  useless things for  you to  visit.  It's   |
            |   where I have been, what I learned  there, and what I   |
            |   plan to figure out in the future.   All in  the palm   |
            |   of your hand.                                          |
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  the daily |   Technically speaking, this is a "weblog".  There are   |
    surfing |   many weblogs.  You can probably find one that  suits   |
      tools |   your tastes pretty closely in  the morass below, but   |
            |   if not, use the pitas system to track yourself.        |
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    contact |   D Fitch dgfitch@yahoo.com ICQ:363803 AOL:dguyfitch     |
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        old archives: dots are interstitial weekly posts

       silly queries: how not to find this page
             ...  
         useless sky: staring at old links
             . 
    legos and robots: designing electrical companions and other nonsense 
             . 
        grid puzzles: waste time with boxes and their brethren 
             . 
          chip music: listen to the sound of the FUUUUUTURE
             . 
       lewis carroll: charles dodgson wrote some happy tales
             . 
        opinionation: how do you do, capitalism?  how do you?
             ........ 
        defunct rock: amf, grammatrain, jawbox, poor old lu, roadside
             .. 
         ascii games: to quote salon, @ <- you are here
             . 
           voicemail: automated telephone systems
             . 
       bach and tone: the endlessly rising canon of links
             . 
          eigenspace: eigen wha?
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   possible subjects: feel free to suggest or help out
       
         falling pod: zoooooming through the earth's crust
             .
       occam's razor: computational reflection
             .
             bad art: clean up old gallery
             .
             demoart: art disks, ansi conversion, zoomscope
             .
           WFMU hunt: scavenge a radio site
             .
         cardboardic: disposable release
             .
             collage: photographic and non, preferably non-digital 
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     stupid cartoons: sg, c+c, r+s, brak
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     on mp3 |   Hey kids.  Bunches of you seem to be finding my site   |
            |   with queries involving  mp3.  If you can't find what   |
            |   you are  looking  for,  mail  me  because I'm almost   |
            |   positive I will have it.                               |
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            |   Ancient Art of the Three Player Band                   |
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        #.# |   This number is the  rock  index.  Higher means it is   |
            |   likely  to be louder  or more  annoying.   Arbitrary   |
            |   numerical scales are not real helpful, eh?             |
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        9.3 |   A Minor Forest - Cocktail Party.mp3 [6.3mb]            |
        2.7 |   A Minor Forest - Discoier.mp3 [7.0mb]                  |
        6.1 |   Neutrino - Sure Are Shiny.mp3 [3.4mb]                  |
        8.2 |   Neutrino - Bring On The Super Desserts.mp3 [4.6mb]     |
        1.8 |   33.3 - Miles.mp3 [5.9mb]                               |
        2.4 |   33.3 - Rancho Diablo.mp3 [7.8mb]                       |
        5.2 |   Silkworm - Empty Elevator Shaft.mp3 [3.5mb]            |
        5.6 |   Silkworm - Waiting on a Train.mp3 [3.5mb]              |
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        8.3 |   Arcwelder - Captain Allen.mp3 [3.2mb]                  |
        6.3 |   Arcwelder - Finish My Song.mp3 [4.5mb]                 |
        8.9 |   MxPx - Sometimes You Have To Ask Yrself.mp3 [2.4mb]    |
        8.6 |   MxPx - Let It Happen.mp3 [3.2mb]                       |
        0.6 |   Low - Lullaby.mp3 [7.8mb]                              |
        1.3 |   Low - Over the Ocean.mp3 [3.2mb]                       |
        2.9 |   Ativin - Riding and Roaming.mp3 [4.1mb]                |
        3.2 |   Ativin - Cy.mp3 [5.6mb]                                |
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        5.8 |   Hugh - Ruby Cruiser.mp3 [2.8mb]                        |
        7.1 |   Hugh - Little A.mp3 [3.6mb]                            |
        3.2 |   Codeine - Cave-in.mp3 [3.3mb]                          |
        4.8 |   Codeine - Cigarette Machine.mp3 [4.4mb]                |
        6.3 |   Jawbox - Consolation Prize.mp3 [3.5mb]                 |
        8.8 |   Jawbox - Tools and Chrome.mp3 [2.5mb]                  |
        4.2 |   Starflyer 59 - Wasting Your Whole Life.mp3 [4.9mb]     |
        3.5 |   Starflyer 59 - All The Time.mp3 [2.8mb]                |
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        ?.? |   Shellac - Didn't We Deserve a Look...mp3 [11.2mb]      |
        9.2 |   Shellac - A Minute.mp3 [3.3mb]                         |
        9.9 |   Frodus - Deviant Recovery Network.mp3 [1.5mb]          |
        9.6 |   Frodus - Invisible Time Lines.mp3 [2.8mb]              |
        7.2 |   Trans Am - Extreme Measures.mp3 [4.1mb]                |
        4.7 |   Trans Am - Home Security.mp3 [4.7mb]                   |
        2.8 |   Sebadoh - Total Peace.mp3 [2.7mb]                      |
        3.9 |   Sebadoh - Not a Friend.mp3 [2.7mb]                     |
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        4.6 |   Grammatrain - Need.mp3 [5.9mb]                         |
        9.8 |   Grammatrain - Jerky Love Song.mp3 [0.6mb]              |
        7.2 |   Roadside Monument - OJ House Auction.mp3 [6.5mb]       |
        9.3 |   Roadside - Trophies for Optometry.mp3 [5.3mb]          |
        3.8 |   Buddyrevelles - I'll Sell You a Picture.mp3 [4.8mb]    |
        3.3 |   Buddyrevelles - Port Riga.mp3 [4.4mb]                  |
        0.8 |   Labradford - Everlast.mp3 [4.1mb]                      |
        1.1 |   Labradford - S.mp3 [5.6mb]                             |
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