How to normalize MP3 volume: Turn up the volume a little, come on! Put it back lower – the volume is too loud right now! Oh my God, every song has its own volume: one is barely heard, while another is breaking your eardrums. You’re getting hysterical: you can’t go on like this and constantly change the volume on your computer or smartphone for every song you listen to! Trust me: take a deep breath, calm down and let me tell you how to normalize the volume of your MP3s.
If you had never heard of this procedure, volume normalization is an operation by which a software acts on the volume of the music tracks played and brings them all to the same level: so you don’t run the risk of having songs that “play “Very strong and others who barely feel. The volume of all songs is automatically brought to a medium level and so you don’t have to waste time changing it continuously manually.
There are two ways to normalize the volume of MP3s: one foresees the direct modification of the volume parameters within the file (therefore the modifications are detected by all the players and all the devices in which they are reproduced). Another, however, provides for a normalization of the volume “on the fly”, directly when the songs are played in a particular player, so it only takes effect in the programs currently in use. In neither case do MP3s suffer any quality degradation. Now you just have to choose the solution that best suits your needs and take action: find all the information you need right below!
Normalize the volume of MP3 files
If your intention is normalize the volume of MP3s going to act directly on the files, here are some free programs that will help you achieve the goal.
MP3Gain is a completely free program that allows you to standardize (normalize) the volume of songs in MP3 format without altering their quality: in this way, you are no longer forced to change it to decently listen to the songs on your computer or smartphone. It hasn’t been updated in a while, but it still works fine. To download it to your PC, connect to his official website and click on the entry Downloads present in the top menu.
At this point, click on the third item of the section MP3Gain-Windows (Stable) to download the program. At the time of this writing, the item to click on is mp3gain-win-full-1_2_5.exe. Once the download is complete, double-click the downloaded installation file (mp3gain-win-full-xx.exe). In the window that opens, first press the button Yup and then on Next. In the next window, check the item Language filesclick Next and then on Install.
In the window that opens during the installation process, click the button OK and then on Finish to finish installing the program and start it. In the main program window, click on the menu Language (the penultimate item at the top right) and select Italian to set the Italian language.
To normalize the volume of our songs in MP3 format, the first thing you need to do is insert them into MP3Gain. To add individual songs, click the button Add filesselect the song (or songs) and click the button You open.
MP3Gain allows you to import all the songs contained in a folder in an instant: click, in this case, on the Add folderselect the folder containing the songs and finally click the button OK.
The songs imported into MP3Gain appear in the list in the MP3Gain main window. To normalize the imported songs, click the button Normalize in the main program window.
At this point you just have to wait for the process to end. After an initial analysis of the MP3 files, the program will normalize their volume and show you the values of volume And I earn applied to the latter in the appropriate columns of the window.
If MP3Gain does not satisfy you, you can contact wxMP3gain, another free and open source program for Windows that allows you to normalize the volume of MP3s without affecting their quality. It is based on the same technology as MP3Gain and can also be used without installing (as long as you download its portable version). Now I’ll explain how it works.
First, connect to this page of the SourceForge site and click on the item wxmp3gain-v3.7-win32-portable.zip to download the portable version of wxMP3gain to your PC. When the download is complete, open the zip package that contains the program, extract the contents in any folder and start the executable wxMP3gain.exe.
In the window that opens, click on the icon of school bag or of sheet at the top left to select a folder or a series of MP3 songs to normalize and presses on green check mark at the top right to process them. Easier than that ?!
MP3Gain Express (macOS)
If you use a Macyou can normalize the volume of your MP3s with MP3Gain Express, a port of MP3Gain for macOS. Also in this case we are talking about a free and open source software that is very easy to use even for those who are new to the computer world. To proceed with its download, connect to this web page and click on the link mp3gain_macxx.zip.
When the download is complete, open thezip archive which contains MP3Gain Expressdrag the program icon to the folder Applications macOS and, acting directly from it, start MP3Gain Express by right clicking on its icon and selecting the item You open from the menu that appears (this operation is only necessary at the first start of the software, to bypass the macOS restrictions relating to applications produced by non-certified developers).
At this point, drag the songs to normalize in the MP3Gain Express window, click on the button Apply Gain (bottom right), wait a few seconds and that’s it.
Normalize the volume of MP3s while listening
If you are not interested in normalizing the volume of MP3s by acting directly on the properties of the files, you can take advantage of the function of “on the fly” normalization now offered by most programs and apps for music playback.
Windows Media Player (Windows)
If you have a Windows PC and you usually listen to your favorite music through Windows Media Player, you can normalize the volume of all the songs you listen to in the program by pressing the key Alt keyboard and selecting items View> Running from the menu that appears.
At this point, right click anywhere in the window that opened, select the items Advanced features> Auto crossfade and volume leveling From the Windows Media Player context menu, click on the option Turn on automatic volume leveling And that’s it.
If you have second thoughts, you can turn off automatic volume leveling by returning to the screen Advanced features> Auto crossfade and volume leveling Windows Media Player and clicking on the option Turn off automatic volume leveling.
iTunes (Windows / macOS)
If you love listening to music on your PC using iTunes, the famous multimedia software from Apple available for Windows and macOS, you can activate song normalization by acting in a very simple way.
First, go to the menu Edit> Preferences which is at the top left (iTunes> Preferencesif you’re using a Mac), then select the tab Reproduction from the window that opens, put the check mark next to the item Check volumes and presses the button OK to save the changes.
Spotify (Desktop / Mobile)
Spotify is one of the most used music streaming services in the world. It is available in both desktop, for Windows and macOSboth in the mobile field, for Android And iOS. Among its many features there is also that to normalize the volume of the music played.
To activate the volume normalization in Spotify on your computer, start the latter and go to the menu Edit> Preferences which is located at the top (Spotify> Preferences, if you are using a Mac). Then press the button Show advanced settings which is at the bottom of the screen and, if necessary, move up ON the lever for the option Set the same volume level for all songs.
In the mobile environment, you can achieve the same result by starting the Spotify app for Android or iOS, selecting the tab Your library located at the bottom right and pressing the icon of thegear located at the top right.
At this point, if you have an Android terminal, move to ON the lever for the option Normalize the volume And that’s it. If you are using an iOS device, however, go to Reproduction and move up ON the lever for the option Enable audio normalization.
Volume normalization will be applied to both songs streamed from Spotify and offline songs uploaded locally in the app (via the procedure I showed you in my tutorial on how to upload music to Spotify).
If you want to normalize the volume of the songs you listen to through the app Music Of iOS (including Apple Music songs), do this: go to the menu Settings on your iPhone or iPad by tapping on the gear icon on the home screen, go to Music and scroll the page that opens up and down.
At this point, move up ON the function lever Check volumes And that’s it. All songs played through the Music app and Apple Music service will have the same volume.
If you want, from the same screen you can also activate the equalizer (EQ), to equalize the sound according to your preferred genres and settings, or the volume limitto limit the maximum volume of the songs played on the device.
If you have second thoughts, you can turn off iOS Volume Normalization and Equalizer by returning to the menu Settings> Music and deactivating the options you previously activated.
Normalize the volume on MP3 players
Do you have an MP3 player and are you wondering how to normalize the volume of the songs played on it? Unfortunately each player has different characteristics and settings, so I can’t be very precise in my indications. In any case you can try to access the menu of the device and to enter the screen relating to playback settings or of volume and see if within the latter there is the possibility to activate the normalization of the volume.
Alternatively, before loading the MP3s on your player, you can normalize their volume “at source” using the PC programs I recommended earlier. It is not a very convenient solution, but it is certainly effective