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wvgain/wavegain or mp3gain?
So I've started my re-ripping project. I've ripped many of my CDs to single-image WAV files and compressed them wth WavPack. Next, of course, is to encode to individual MP3 tracks for playing on my iPod.

Before I do this, though, I'm not sure about which "gain" process to use. I've read through several postings and haven't been able to come up with a concise understanding yet. Which is better:

* Apply gain adjustments to the .wv files
* Encode to MP3, the apply gain adjustments to the MP3 files

My gut tells me to go with the latter, simply because it means that my CD rips remain completely lossless. If I understand correctly, the gain adjustments for WAV files actually rewrites the files rather than adds header information.

I'd appreciate your thoughts... thanks!

--Steve

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there is a topic about it.

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Hi Steve Riley

When you use wvgain or fb2k to relaygain your files, then the audio data isn't altered, but the gain values are just placed inside the files as APEv2 tags. I prefer to replaygain my WavPack files first, and then enable the use of replaygain in fb2k's diskwriter when transcoding to MP3, instead of running MP3Gain on the MP3's afterwards. When using MP3Gain, then you are limited to volume changes of 1.5 dB steps. When setting lame.exe up in diskwriter, then select 24 as highest BPS mode supported, since if setting it to 16, then it will be like running WaveGain directly on the decoded WAV's, and hence a rounding to 16 bits integer will occure...

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I prefer to replaygain my WavPack files first, and then enable the use of replaygain in fb2k's diskwriter when transcoding to MP3, instead of running MP3Gain on the MP3's afterwards.
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I used to do this on my work machine at my last job for my WavPack to Musepack transcodes and I am pretty sure foobar would take not only the full tag, but include the ReplayGain figures into the transcoded lossy file as well.  I am trying to tweak out my home version of foobar and don't see a setting for this.  How can I do this?

Scott