The interest of replaygain is quite simple: as the level of audio files could depend on how it has been encoded, in which format etc.. This standard will impose an audio level and consequently smooth the audio level of your audio files without changing them. Replaygain acts like an operator that would change the volume for each track very accurately.

Replaygain is better than normalization because replaygain computes not only the peak value of the track, but also the main audio level of the entire track. Thus, a quiet song with a very high peak will be at the same gain (or volume level) with a modern song which has a high level throughout.

In some cases, the value could be positive and create clipping (for quiet songs with high peaks) as a consequence, if you're listening to this kind of music, please use the Advanced limiter (which could do no harm in any case).

Before being able to use Replaygain, you have to scan your files and compute the replaygain values. As it is really time consuming and pure calculation, you should scan the files as soon as they are added to your Media library. Or let your computer compute values while you're at work or doing anything else.

Replaygain is based on two values: the track gain and the album gain. You should use the album mode if you are listening to complete albums, this solution won't change the level between two songs of the same album, which could be annoying if clapping is overlapping two songs for example. On the other hand, you should use the track gain if you are listening to compilations, singles or using a random or shuffle order in your playlist.


configure replaygain for playback
Source mode : Processing Preamp

The Preamp allows you to change the target level. By default it is 89dB. If you find it to low or to high, use the preamp to correct it.

Compute RG values

Select tracks without replaygain information and then use the contextual menu:

scan your files
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May 17 2009 16:51:42.    

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