ReplayGain - Album Mode (better volume normalization method)

"set the same volume level for all songs" in spotify, does not take into account the subtle volume transients of an album that audio engineers have spent hours working on!


Solution - Add an option in settings for "Set The Same Volume Level Based On Albums". This will retain the intended volume differences between songs on an album (similar to the way replaygain album mode functions).

 

"Set The Same Volume Level Based On Albums"(replaygain album mode) DESIGNED TO RETAIN THE SUBTLE VOLUME DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TRACKS ON AN ALBUM)

This solution is extremely quick for spotify developers to implement - Just take the individual track volume values in an album and you already have this information due to your "set the same volume level for all tracks", then get the average of these track volumes for that album and the result is your per album volume reduction value! Albums will finally sound like albums again.
IN THE FUTURE - When you select "set the same volume for all albums" then it should also read the metadata in your personal music files (when the tag is present). The Name of this tag in my mp3 and flac collection is "REPLAYGAIN_ALBUM_GAIN".

 

"Set The Same Volume Level For All Tracks" - (replaygain track mode) BEST FOR SHUFFLE MODE, OR LISTENING TO LOTS OF RANDOM SONGS)

Spotify already has "Set the same volume level for all tracks" in settings for songs that are streamed, which is the equivalent to replaygain track mode. This currently only works for streamed songs and it doesn't check to see if the tag "REPLAYGAIN_TRACK_GAIN" is present in your local audio file that you're currently listening to, a very simple fix indeed. 

 

DISABLED MODE = NOTHING TICKED.

When unticking "set the same volume for all albums" and "set the same volume for all tracks", all streamed and local music should not play with any volume adjustment on either streamed or library tracks, it is exactly the same effect as disabling "set the same volume for all tracks" that we currently have. There are many reasons for needing to turn of volume normalization (such as troubleshooting volume problems etc). Replaygain volume adjustments should be fully lossless when your dac is 24 bit.

Note to spotify - By using metadata, this should be totally seamless - E.g. If the exact same album is streamed, then local files should play at precisely the same volume as streamed files.

 

IF EITHER TAG IS MISSING FROM METADATA - "REPLAYGAIN_TRACK_GAIN" or "REPLAYGAIN_ALBUM_GAIN" then spotify should not make any volume adjustment and it should produce the same result as having album mode or track mode not TICKED.

When installing spotify, the default should still be set to "set same volume for all tracks" like it it just now

 

Updated: 2016-03-29

Hey everyone, currently we don't have plans for this in our timeline. However, if this continues to grow we will keep passing this feedback on to our internal teams. Thank you for coming to the Idea Exchange with your feedback!

 



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Spotify
Spotify
Status changed to: Good idea, vote for it
 
weertt
Regular

I don't need any replay gain stuff, simply being able to copy my flac collection to the local files and listen to them is enough.

lozanoalex3
Regular
In premium mode.... After a few skips the volume get limited to about 70% of the original level..... WOW as i type, the vulume returned to normal level.....
jamjamjams
Regular

Please allow us to have an Album Mode for volume adjustment. I'm very tempted to go back to Apple because I very much want to hear the songs play at their relative volume in the way the artist intended. Listening to entire albums is the reason I became a paying Spotify customer. Please keep me faithful by allowing me to listen to albums as the artist intended. Thank you.

1261857493
Regular

This is major. I'd like to see this option.

pfenske
Regular

Even with "Set The Same Volume Level For All Tracks" selected, volume seems to vary wildly. For instance, I put a bunch of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar albums into a playlist, select 'shuffle', and some tracks will be barely audible while the next track is blastingly loud! What gives? Kind of reminds me of that 'Walk' button at the intersection that doesn't actually seem to be connected to anything.

Community Manager
Community Manager
Status changed to: Not right now
Updated: 2016-03-29

Hey everyone, currently we don't have plans for this in our timeline. However, if this continues to grow we will keep passing this feedback on to our internal teams. Thank you for coming to the Idea Exchange with your feedback!

 



dj9281
Concert VIP
I have never noticed any normalizing of volume on my droid with the option selected. Many tracks are much louder than others. Please Spotify make this feature useful.
iluvjazznjava
Regular

The way volume normalization currently works in Spotify (limiting, compresion) is a real downer and I am very much on the fence on whether I will continue with Spotify as a result.  I agree with this entirely - there should be a way to normalize replay gain for both individual tracks (for use in shuffle mode) and for whole albums (album mode).  Spotify is much better than Apple Music in a lot of ways, but this is a major difference and Apple has the implementation right.

xecutiv
Music Fan

 +1 for this suggestion. Will be difficult to sell HiFi service without fixing this