I listen to music a lot more since discovering Pandora and getting a SqueezeBox. Now Mugshot’s Music Radar is better for criticising each other’s musical taste I listen to our own music collection on the computer more as well. Some of our older CDs are noticeably quieter than newly-produced ones, so we have to keep fiddling with the volume control to turn it up for too-quiet tracks and then getting startled by too-loud music. But there is a solution!
I recently discovered a utility called vorbisgain, which adds ReplayGain tags to Ogg Vorbis files. Basically it tags the file with markers so that on playback the audio device knows how to modify the volume so as to even it out compared to other tracks. The SqueezeBox can do exactly this, so it’s just what we’re after.
It’s very fiddly to use though! I eventually settled on this:
find -maxdepth 1 -not -name lost+found -a -not -name ‘.*’ -type d -print0 | xargs -0r vorbisgain --fast -a -s -r
Anyway, at least it works.