Originally posted by SelBel GT
Appreciate the info. Will try Goldwave.
One more question.. Was wondering if going to a higher compression after raising the volume gives you a better quality sound?
Higher compression = more compression = lower sound quality. I believe you mean a higher bitrate?
In which case, the answer is still no. The reason for that is the music has already been compressed at a certain bitrate. If you raise that, you'll increase the file size, but it won't improve the sound quality at all, since there's no more information for it to pull from.
If you initially encode at a high bitrate ... say 320, then go in and raise your volume, and re-encode the edited wave form at say 128 or 192 (or whatever you normally use), then you'll get better results vs. initially encoding at 128, editing, and re-encoding at 128. On the flipside, you could opt to rip to an uncompressed .wav file ... filesize will be massive, but it's uncompressed, so you can edit all you want, and then when you're done, save it as an .mp3 at whatever bitrate you want to use, and it will essentially be identical in sound quality as if it were ripped and encoded directly.
Of course, that's assuming you're ripping from CD's, and not downloading ... in which case, you really don't have any options. On the bright side though, since .mp3's are digital, the degredation isn't that severe when you edit and re-encode. If you want to be on the safe side, you can do a "Save As" and save the edited file as a different .mp3, compare the two side by side, and if the edited one is good to go, then you're all set. If it's kinda shitty compared to the original, then dump it, and either try again, or just live with the lower volume.
I've personally never been able to tell the difference between the original, and the edited file. But that could just be me ... I've got a friend who refuses to listen to .mp3's unless they're minimum 256kbps, as he swears he can hear tons of glitches and distortion in anything lower than that. I just think he's either nuts and imagining things, or has some sort of superhuman hearing