When you play different types of audio in Windows, you may have noticed that some are louder than others, while others may be quieter. This can be an extremely frustrating experience that you may push by changing the volume regularly.
That's a problem that you may be able to overcome by changing the volume of the audio device manually, or by adjusting sound settings in the application that is playing the sound.
While that works fine if it happens occasionally, it is not a solution if you run into this issues regularly.
Some applications provide you with options to normalize the audio output. But what does that mean?
Loudness equalization levels the audio output so that louder and quieter sounds are closer to an average level of loudness.
If you use just one application to play sound, it may be enough to adjust its settings or enable normalization. But that won't work if you use multiple programs to play audio, for instance an audio player, a video player, a voice chat application and Internet browsers.
Some sound cards may offer volume management features as well, but not all do.
Windows 7 and newer Windows operating systems come with an option to enable loudness equalization which takes care of this on a system-wide level.
Here is how you configure it:
According to the description, loudness equalization uses understanding of human hearing to reduce perceived volume differences.
You can enable other enhancements as well.
You can test this using audio or video files on your system to see if enabling the preference makes a difference in regards to the volume of sound on it.Advertisement
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