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Boost your MP3 and WMA before you load to player....

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Just palyed around with an MP3 and a WMA I was having issue with on my Audiovox SMT 5600 ( Windows Powered Phone )

Anyway I had these 2 files that sounded ok on my home system, then placed on my phone I had trouble hearing on the ear buds, just too soft.

So I fired up Roxio Sound editor and had a go at tweeking the sound.

Pre Boost

Tweek and adjust ( added a simple 5 Db and tiny adjustments across the board)

File Saved and tranfered ( finished file )

It worked like a charm, now 100% volume is too loud ( no distortion either ).

Anyway there are many many Freeware and adware sound editors, plus Microsoft offer Win Media Encoder for free ( can adjust sound levels ).

If you have a sound editor I would say run your MP3's and WMA throught to tweek them up a bit for mobile use

I hope this helps someone get better sound form their unit be it a phone or micro MP3 Player, as it helped me a ton!!!

***TIP : Remember kids a little goes a long way, be careful when you up the Db level, too much will kill good sound and could hurt your ears*** :)
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You can see in the final pic that the sound has clipped really badly towards the end so any impact that drums etc had is now lost as you have used all the dynamic range, also if you have resaved you have lost quality as re-encoding an encoded sound will lose quality.
Your best bet is to rip your cds to wav's then run any audio editing on the wav's before saving those as mp3/wma files.
If you need to increase the volume of a file your better off using hard limiting as you can set it to peak just below 0db, looking at the original file though it was really badly mastered in the first place as the left channel is quite a lot higher than the right (hard limiting would have sorted that though) but I suppose if your playing the track back through a phone the audio quality wont be nothing to shout about anyway.
So allthough you had a good idea you still have a bit to learn about audio editing ;)
My fave audio editor is Cool Edit pro (Now called Adobe Audition) as it has a really good interface & features that other more popular editors lack (SoundForge seems the most popular)

Oh & allthough I have never used one of those phones I assume you use a software player to playback MP3's can you not just get a player that like winamp has a "pre amp" built in ? as that will boost the volume.
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Ooops hope it didnt sound like I was being smug & laughing at your efforts or taking the mick out of your phones MP3 playback abilitys as I wasnt ;)
It's just as you seemed interested in audio editing I thought I'd point out the mistakes you made too give you a few pointers for any future editing :)
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