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MP3Gain

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  • 2.0 stars

    "To meany add on's come with it."

    August 14, 2013  |   By azmollys

    Version: MP3Gain 1.2.5

    Pros

    Have an old MP3Gain on an older computer and like it.

    Cons

    Has a lot of add on's that I do not want and hard to get off my computer, would not download it again.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "INSTALLED MALWARE!!!!!"

    March 27, 2013  |   By Nikki2085

    Version: MP3Gain 1.2.5

    Pros

    NONE BECAUSE IT INSTALLED MALWARE

    Cons

    I used CNET installer for this program and made sure during install that it did not install any other offered programs. Did so any way (at least 4 programs) that I deleted using REVO Unstaller. It also installed an anti-virus called AVA which took control of my computer and is now at the shop getting cleaned out.

    Summary

    DO NOT INSTALL AS YOU WILL BE TAKING A CHANCE ON HAVING MALWARE INSTALLED ON YOUR COMPUTER.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "simple and effective"

    February 21, 2013  |   By bcvrbv

    Version: MP3Gain 1.2.5

    Pros

    No fuss, quick

    Cons

    filters are welcome

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cannot install without accepting a dodgy search bar"

    February 2, 2013  |   By rp2709

    Version: MP3Gain 1.2.5

    Pros

    None, uninstalled as soon as realised it had hijacked the browser

    Cons

    No opt out option on search bar

    Summary



    Updated on Feb 2, 2013

    Went direct to the MP3gain website and downloaded the program from there - no dodgy search bar, so it looks like that is added by the cnet site.
    Program itself has worked fine so far.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Stay away from this--malware"

    October 28, 2012  |   By mljay

    Version: MP3Gain 1.2.5

    Pros

    Program work great--but there's a serious malware problem.

    Cons

    Although I unchecked the box to download funmoods it did it anyway--and hijacked the search engine on my browser. Stay away from this!

    Summary

    Avoid this unless you enjoy trying to get rid of malware.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "can't use it"

    July 22, 2012  |   By adeh999

    Version: MP3Gain 1.2.5

    Pros

    not able to tell as I can't run it

    Cons

    when I came to use it the first time after installing, it tried to install again and demanded a microsoft disc I don't have (yes my windows is legal but I don't have the discs), so I can't use it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Essential Volume Equalizer (Why and How)"

    February 29, 2012  |   By johnrata

    Version: MP3Gain 1.2.5

    Pros

    When collecting music on your computer it is important to remember that most music arrives at different volume levels. There are two main issues with having various levels of volume throughout your music collection. Firstly the obvious effect of having a much louder song playback; sending you running across the room for the volume control. Secondly and much more importantly is the fact that mp3 as a format can only sustain a limited volume (maximum between 93dB-96dB). Beyond the physical limit your music "clips" creating a distorted sound for which no amount of volume control will correct.

    Cons

    Only does mp3, M4A files have to be converted

    Summary

    When collecting music on your computer it is important to remember that most music arrives at different volume levels. There are two main issues with having various levels of volume throughout your music collection. Firstly the obvious effect of having a much louder song playback; sending you running across the room for the volume control. Secondly and much more importantly is the fact that mp3 as a format can only sustain a limited volume (maximum between 93dB-96dB). Beyond the physical limit your music "clips" creating a distorted sound for which no amount of volume control will correct.

    MP3GAIN allows you to equalize either a track individually or a group of tracks or folders. I would recommend the following:

    i) Small amounts often is better than trying to gain all your music in one hit e.g. one album at a time
    ii)Change the default target volume from 89.0 dB to 93.5 dB then do a track analysis first. When complete the analysis result will tell you each track volume.
    If the file path column is "red" and the clipping "Y" is also "red" then the track volume is beyond the limit, is clipping and likely to have patches of audible distortion. If the "Volume" and "Track Gain" columns are "black" then the track will be gained to within "clipping" limits and will be fine after the gain has been applied. If every column is "red" then the track will still be clipping after the gain has been applied. In the later I would remove those files and try another analysis with the target volume set at 92.5 dB. You would do the same if the "file path" column is "black" and the "clip(Track)" column is "Y" "red".
    iii)Click the "Track Gain" button
    iv)Go back and re-analyze/gain remaining tracks set at 92.5 dB target volume

    Typical volumes include:
    CD rip 96dB-106dB. This is due to the fact that CDs as a format can handle the higher volumes without distorting
    Direct Downloading (Bandcamp, iTunes, Reverbnation and other free or paid for downloading) 89dB - 96dB.
    Direct Downloading using programs such as "Orbit" or "YouTube Downloader" 89dB - 96dB
    Music from friends 89dB - 110dB

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what's needed on .mp3 volume settings."

    January 15, 2012  |   By Sound666

    Version: MP3Gain 1.2.5

    Pros

    Easy to use AFTER reading the Help file. The software has two great modes. In the first mode, it accurately adjusts the gain of a set of unrelated songs so they're even from file to file. Given the variation in song file volumes, this is essential for party playlists on the iPod. The software has a second mode that works on groups of related songs (i.e., as in all the songs in an album). It preserves the artist-intended volume variations from song to song within an album, while bringing the overall album volume in line with a user-requested setting, G_ave. If you do this to all your albums, they will all have an average volume of G_ave but the song-to-song volume variations within each album will be preserved.

    Cons

    Does not work on .m4a files. You have to convert your files to .mp3 format before you can use the software on them.

    Summary

    I'm glad I got it. It's essential for an .mp3 DJ.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Seems to do as advertised."

    October 6, 2011  |   By reginaldbecker

    Version: MP3Gain 1.2.5

    Pros

    Easy to use.

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

    Summary

    Wish I had this utility sooner.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it says, with some hiccups"

    September 4, 2011  |   By ArcticShivers

    Version: MP3Gain 1.2.5

    Pros

    Adjusts volume of songs, no loss after modification that I can hear.

    Cons

    Interface is iffy - some controls make sense but others are counter-intuitive. Reluctant to make changes of more than a couple notches.

    Summary

    It did what I needed it to, namely tweak a few songs that had accumulated in my collection that were too loud or too quiet; but not on the first run. 5 dB plus or minus is no big deal to me, I was running this on things that were say 80dBA and 110dBA, and even on those the automated selection would only change them 3dB, when set to go to 94. However, when I just overrode it and did manual gain selections, it worked perfectly.

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