i end up going to audacity for quite a few things, such as clipping the song, and making adjustments to various things. so i am just gonna call up each song once. do whatever, and then amplify it to the max. an album at a time. and then use foobar to convert to apple lossless mono.
this is a project/hobby that will last a long time. so i am just gonna have fun doing it a little bit at a time - thanks for your help