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    Just how many Volume Controls are there? (SP1)

    I have a Dell 8350 with a Santa Cruz sound card and some fairly standard speakers.

    When I play an MP3 file using Windows Media Player, it is necessary to set to maximum:
    1. <LI>the volume control in the Santa Cruz control panel
      <LI>the volume control in Windows Media player
      <LI>the physical volume control on the speakers
    and the sound is only just at an acceptable volume. As soon as there is a "system event" there is an exceptionally loud BONG or CLICK!

    I'm clearly missing a volume control somewhere which is set to (or even "too") low, and wonder if anyone has any suggestions as to where I can find it. Or has the MP3 file just been recorded very quietly?

    (I should point out that I don't have another MP3 file to compare it with. And that 90 KHz is not really good enough for choral early music!)
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    Re: Just how many Volume Controls are there? (SP1)

    Just a swag, but is it possible that one of the individual elements in the system volume is set too low? (i.e. double-click the vol. icon in the tray, then options)

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    Re: Just how many Volume Controls are there? (SP1)

    I don't think so, but I'll have a bash when I get home... Thanks!
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    Re: Just how many Volume Controls are there? (SP1)

    OK. The only reason I even mentioned it is that somehow, unknown accident, the WAV control in my volume console had gotten dragged to the bottom (attachment) and I only discovered it because I was getting no volume when trying to edit an MP3..... Keep us posted.....

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    Re: Just how many Volume Controls are there? (SP1)

    Hi, John ~

    When you get to your 'Master Volume' as Al demonstrated, go to 'Options' > 'Properties' and under 'Show the following volume controls:', make sure you check 'Master Volume', 'Wave', 'CD Audio' and 'PC Speaker' to give you control over each piece.

    Also, in 'Options', putting a check next to 'Advanced' will enable even further controls through an 'Advanced' button on the Master Volume console for each piece depending on whether your sound card supports such.

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    Re: Just how many Volume Controls are there? (SP1)

    I think my problem is not having noticed the squidgy slider at the bottom of Windows Media Player... <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30>

    Hope I can now balance the various controls so that I don't get LOUD CLICKS in the middle of quiet MP3 music.

    Thanks for the ideas, folks, but you'll just have to put it down to a brain-free environment this time! <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Just how many Volume Controls are there? (SP1)

    SMBP

    Thanks for the wealth of references!

    When I'm not using Media Player I turn the speakers off, because I can't see why the wretched computer should make silly noises at me! I don't find that "this enhances my audiovisual experience"....
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    Re: Just how many Volume Controls are there? (SP1)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Leif on 25-Jul-03 07:49. To remove unnecessary 75K attachment.)</P>John--

    These might help:

    Trouble Shooting Windows Media Player

    Windows XP Inside Out Author Ed Bott: Master Your Music Library

    Also for good measure unplug your speakers for a minute and replug them--this can sometimes help with strange noises that pop out and when you check speaker mode on your sound card and compare the correct # of speaker settings to a surround setting if you have say 4 or more speakers.

    Audio and Video DSP Plug-ins may help:

    Audio and Video DSPs

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    Re: Just how many Volume Controls are there? (SP1)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Leif on 25-Jul-03 07:51. To replace unenecessarily large graphic.)</P>John--

    I think you're familiar with this, but if any of those system event noises are bugging you, you can ditch them by simply going to the "Sounds and Audio Devices Properties" "Sound" tabs and set a "no sounds sound scheme for any of those events"--it won't touch your music or any media player including WMP9--I have a Santa Cruz card--but you won't hear those sound events, clicks, bongs if you don't want them--I don't.

    Any of those volume levers on the Santa Cruz panel, or the volume controls on the Sound dialogue box including the one Al screenshoted can be switched down or an ectopic mute check can show up for no reason you're going to track down except for the symptom of muted or no sound. I just go there quickly if that happens to see if the mystery force has messed with it. Happens about 5 times a year if that.

    Sometimes sound is muted or distorted because the event Al described can impact the number of speakers that the TB Santa Cruz Control Panel inteface is set to, and also those controls on the Mixer tab can go down mysteriously and impact your volume so check them every once in a while.

    Use Cross Fading and Volume Level to enhance Volume Consistency

    On the WMP9 Toolbar: View>Enhancements>Cross Fading and Volume levelling>Turn Volume Levelling On and turn Cross Fading On and Set It For Smooth Transition Between Tracks

    Also you want to check into volume levelling in WM9 or whichever player because as you know the digital media files are made with different volume levels and some are going to sound louder than others when playing a mix of tracks copied from different CD's so volume levelling confirs normalization or automatically increasing or decreasing the volume of a particular file when it's played back. This is to make all files consistently play at the same volume so you don't have to be constantly adjusting manually for each file. In order to do the adjusting the player has to first analyze each file and assign a volume level to it. It assigns value levels when you rip an audio CD to your library, play a file. It doesn't alter the original volume, it justtemporarily adjusts playback for consistency. Even files created before you installed WMP9 can be volume levelled by selecting Add Volume levelling values for all files check box in the Add to Media Library by Searching Computer dialogue box.

    SMBP

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