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Re: [Bug-gnupod] mktunes --volume

From: H. Langos
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnupod] mktunes --volume
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2009 03:38:11 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

hi eric,

On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 11:36:13AM -0500, eric himmelreich wrote:
> Here is the situation..  I load up my ipod using gnupod_addsong, do mktunes
> and eject it.  Its ready for listening.
> The problem, the volume is too loud (even when I turn the volume down on the
> ipod all the way).
> Isn't there some kind of internal volume setting that I can adjust?
> I've tried using mktunes --volume -50, but it doesn't seem to work.  I want
> to check what the volume is set at now, and to lower it a lot.

as i see it there are two attributes in your GNUtunesDB.xml that coud influence 
the volume of a song on the ipod. one would be "volume" and "soundcheck" the 

i don't know how the volume attribute influences the ipod's volume so here's
how you could test if soundcheck is the trouble maker.

soundckeck is influenced by the data that gnupod reads from meta data that
iTunes and other software leave in the mp3 tags. (iTunesNORM is the name of
that comment)

if gnupod doesn't find any comment that looks like the iTunesNORM data, it
will leave put soundcheck="0" in your GNUtunesDB.xml otherwise it will put a
scaling factor in there that is used to normalize the volume across
different songs.

please let me know if you need help to find the GNUtunesDB.xml or a fast way
to look for non-zero soundcheck attributes there.


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