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treewind Tech: Equalizing audio volumes for CD (18) RE: Tech: Equalizing audio volumes for CD 16 Jun 15

Normalizing peaks is an approximation to what's needed.
There's a command line tool called normalize-audio which by default sets the average level to -14dB and will get a better approximation to equal peceived loudness on different types of music. (it will also limit peaks, if they'd otherwise clip)
For best results you have to use your ears and common sense. A solo fiddle track boosted to the same level as a big band (whether by peak, average or "perceived loudness") is going to sound ridiculous.

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