Volume normalization

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This page describes some methods to enable volume normalization on the fly, i.e., dynamic range compression.

Pulse Audio

This method with use the alsa LADSPA pulgin named dyson compress to compress the range of the audio.

configure pulse audio

first you need to determine the name of the output to normalize:

pacmd list-sinks | grep -A 1 index

my result:

    index: 0
	name: <alsa_output.pci-0000_01_05.1.hdmi-stereo>
  * index: 1
	name: <alsa_output.pci-0000_03_06.0.analog-stereo>

I am using the analog device (index 1)

Next you need to edit your default.pa file

sudo nano /etc/pulse/default.pa 

and add the following lines

### custom sink for DRC
.ifexists module-ladspa-sink.so
load-module module-ladspa-sink sink_name=ladspa master=alsa_output.pci-0000_03_06.0.analog-stereo plugin=dyson_compress_1403 label=dysonCompress control=0,1,0.5,0.99

The last options on the control flag:


set the Peak limit (in dB), Release time, Fast compression ratio, and Compression ratio, respectively.

restart pulse audio

pulseaudio -k
pulseaudio -D

setup mythtv =

See also