Exported MP3 volume

• May 14, 2021 - 19:18

What’s the trick for making exported MP3s not LOUD? I’ve reviewed past posts. This is what I’ve done so far:

I turned off normalization in Edit>Preferences, and make sure it wasn’t checked when exporting the MP3. I’ve tried it several times. This didn’t work.

I added “staff” dynamics to both staffs: mp and p. The staff marked p is set to velocity 20. It’s barely audible when I play it in MS. However, when exported, it’s still very loud!

I checked the Synthesizer settings but don’t see (or understand) how to adjust exported volume here. Would I really need to do this in the Synthesizer anyway?

So what is the trick?


Indeed, it seems the normnalize option doesn't work. If you're sure you want your music to be quieter than all other audio files out there, you can always turn the amplitude back down in Audacity.

In reply to by Mr Fox

Good idea! In the Mixer, I turned down the Master Gain to -70.00dB. Upon playback in MS, I can barely hear the score. But when exporting as MP3 (I tried with Normalization both on and off) it's the same old loud playback.

Marc, are you implying this is a bug in the latest version? I've been able to mix tracks before with instruments at different volumes, and the MP3s exported just fine (albeit they are usually louder than I want them to bee).

In reply to by darkstream

The inability to turn off normalization is a bug as far as I know. but I'm still not really understanding why you'd ever want such non-standard audio. It's just going to annoy anyone you share the file with when they have to turn up their speakers to hear it as they like, as they have their speakers set the way they like, and it's not really your job to tell them how loud music should be. Normalization is the industry standard for good reason.

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