Normalise The Sound Volume On Your PC With Windows' Loudness Equalisation Setting

Windows: If you find yourself regularly adjusting the volume on your computer, you'll want to normalise the sound volume. Although some apps (such as VLC) have normalisation options and you can normalise the audio in your media collection with software and hardware solutions, Windows has a built-in setting that could also help.

Open up Sound in the Control Panel (under "Hardware and Sound"). Then highlight your speakers or headphones, click Properties, and select the Enhancements tab. Check "Loudness Equalization" and hit Apply to turn this on. If you have any audio playing at the time, you'll need to restart the application to see the changes.

As the description of this property notes, Loudness Equalization "reduces perceived volume differences" — making quiet sounds easier to hear and louder ones less deafening. It's useful especially if you have your volume set to maximum but Windows sounds are still too low.

SaveDelete has a few other suggestions for boosting volume in specific music players and on tablets and smartphones if you want to tweak in those areas.

How to make Windows 7 louder, even when you've set the volume to max [SaveDelete]


    Trust Microsoft to call a simple compressor something as stupid sounding as "Loudness Equalisation"

      To be fair, I'm inclined to support Microsoft on this one.
      1. It's not compression, because it doesn't compress the sound - it adjusts the volume.
      2. It's not volume normalisation, because it's perceived volume - or "loudness".

      To try to explain my second point above... two tracks could have the same volume (measured in decibels). However, one sounds -louder- than the other. This is most probably because of the amount of sound at one end of the frequency spectrum (think high pitched sounds like a scream v/s low frequency sounds like a drum beat). These differences affect how loud a song appears to sound.

      I'm no expert in this area, so i'm using some educated guesses as to the things that are used to adjust the volume :)

    This feature is a mixed bag. If you change genres from instrumental, love song, rock, hard rock - the volume sounds like it's at a similar level.

    However, there are certain tracks that employ varying levels as a feature (eg. PSY's Gangnam Style). If you use this normalisation and play Gangnam Style, you will see an example of how it increases and reduces the volume of a song - throughout the song :)

    All comments aside on Gangnam Style - it's a good track to see the downside to volume normalisation.

    MS have completely ruined the computing experience. Look, nothing on Windows 10 on any of my three machines, ever plays at a volume that can be heard.

    Look, everybody keeps saying to use the "Enhancements Tab". Well, firstly: I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO DO THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT SHOULD JUST WORK!!!!


    I am going to migrate myself to Linux. MS have gone absolutely crazy.

    Example: They have stuff installed on the bios which can uniquely identify my machine. OK. Well why do I need to keep providing a "Product Key"? Just look up my licence against the UNIQUE ID that you are sending to your servers every time I press a key!

    Had it now. Just had it. I want to be able to HEAR podcasts, not have to squash my head against the computer! This is ABSOLUTE INSANITY!

    The most insane thing is that MS still HAVE NOT FIXED THIS!!!!! The internet is lettered with people like me who can no longer HEAR ANYTHING!!!!

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