[LAU] Advice on Multiple Volume Settings

Eric Steinberg eric.steinberg at gmail.com
Wed Aug 19 12:50:43 EDT 2009

Usually I set up my gain structure the same way that I would with a hardware
signal chain- everything that's static is at about 80%, then the last fader
in the chain is what I use for a volume control.  But 50% is fine too- it's
just that 80% sort of visually corresponds to where "unity" is on most
hardware faders.

On Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 8:38 AM, Kenneth Jacker <khj at cs.appstate.edu> wrote:

> I want to ask the "experts" on this mailing list a question I've had
> for years.  It involves "best practices" for the multiple volume
> settings available on most computer systems ...
> Say I am playing an audio stream from 'last.fm'.
> The way I see it, there are *four* different possible volume settings:
> "line" (e.g., PCM) volume, application (e.g., Rhythmbox, TVTime, ...)
> volume, mixer "master" volume, and speaker volume.
> I would guess that the last (speaker) volume should be set (dynamically
> when needed) to whatever is currently most appropriate for the listener.
> But what about the other three?  Should they all be set at 50%?
> If not, what other values should be used?
> Can anyone give some guidelines?
> Thanks for your comments!
> --
> Prof Kenneth H Jacker       khj at cs.appstate.edu
> Computer Science Dept       www.cs.appstate.edu/~khj
> Appalachian State Univ
> Boone, NC  28608  USA
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