How to make a recording program output louder

September 8, 2010 at 13:45:10
Specs: Windows Vista
I use this recording/mastering program that came with my laptop to practice and record guitar licks. When the volume in this program is turned all the way up and I've played as loudly as possible without clipping, the output on my computer speakers is always less than 10% of the speakers' capability (that is, the computer volume is all the way up but the playback volume is about 10% as loud as a sound that would come from outside this particular program, like Windows or iTunes). When I plug external speakers into my laptop, the problem persists. Is there a command I can run to get this program to output at a higher volume (excluding the option of just making everything else on my computer quieter)?

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#1
September 8, 2010 at 13:50:05
Try a different application. If the results are the same then the sound card might be the problem. Make sure you have the input level turned up on the sound card as well as the output volume.

Audacity is a good sound recording application and it is free.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/dow...

Stuart


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#2
September 8, 2010 at 23:50:28
The recorded sound is stored digitally. You cannot store digital signals any louder without distortion. The signals are converted to analog signals and amplified. Each sound card has different design characteristics which determine the output,

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#3
September 9, 2010 at 02:43:12
You cannot store digital signals any louder without distortion.

You can if the input level is set unusually low. This applies to both digital and analogue recording. The amplitude, and therefore the volume, is stored digitally as well as the frequency. If the input is low the resulting information will stored with have low volume that cannot be amplified without severe distortion.

If the input level didn't matter there would be no need input level meters in digital audio recording applications I mention this because the OP is using a recording application that came with the laptop which is probably the Windows Sound Recorder which does not have an input level meter and he might not realise that the input level is set unusually low. which will result in his low output.

Stuart


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