List of recommended MPC settings Reply #25 – 2002-10-24 14:36:02 QuoteWill --xlevel destroy the music level by Live or Mix albums with separated tracks?No, --xlevel won't cause noticable volume changes.QuoteIs --xlevel needed when you later use ReplayGain or convert to SV8?Yes. ReplayGain only solves clipping during decoding. However, SV7's "internal clipping" is encoder clipping: The signal cannot be stored without truncation. When MPC was designed by Andree Buschmann, he simply didn't predict that today's music albums have such a horrible mastering, which makes the encoder struggle regularly. --xlevel was introduced some time ago to solve this issue until SV8 comes out, which will have more than enough headroom by default.QuoteMPC 1.12 is the recommended version now, but it still says beta version:"MPC Encoder 1.12 -Beta- © 1999-2002 Buschmann/Klemm/Piecha"Is this really the recommended version?Sure it is. To remind you of the version numbering scheme for MPC:Alpha versions: 1.05a, 1.05b... 1.07a, 1.07b... 1.09a, 1.09b...Beta versions: 1.04, 1.06, 1.08, 1.12, 1.14...Stable versions: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3...Alpha versions won't be recommended; beta versions only after thorough testing. This specific beta version 1.12 has been found safe to use.