Volume Logic

The last few days, I ran my copy of the Volume Logic iTunes plugin developed by Octiv. From their web-site a few words about the plugin:

Volume Logic is the first audio plug-in available for iTunes. It improves the quality of your listening experience by digitally remastering your audio in real-time with the same technology used by the pros. The Volume Logic plug-in incorporates a state-of-the-art 5-band dynamics processor that examines and corrects your audio thousands of times a second. The result? Low levels are intelligently raised and loud signals are kept under control, all in real-time. Anything playing in iTunes will be digitally remastered for consistent volume level and spectral balance. Volume Logic brings ALL your cuts to life.

I used it with my iTunes library that consists of many different genres of music and I am really impressed. The sound is really more balanced without being distorted at all. As someone said, “Bad speakers sound good and good speakers even sound better”. I completely agree.

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The only drawback in my case is the considerable amount of CPU cycles the plugin needs. It easily adds 5-10% to iTunes, which makes my PB hum a lot when other processes run as well.

And if we’re at it: It would be great if the plugin would be checking a song’s “Genre” an adopt it’s own setting accordingly. But maybe that’s something for the manufacturer.

BTW: They have a cool demo period: It’s not 14 consecutive calendar days but 14 days of effective use. Kudos, this can’t be seen very often these days!

Other than that, hat tip to Veerle for making me aware of this little piece of software and making me spend a few dollars more:> […] once you tried it you’ll never want to go back.

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