Maybe you should import a Puddle Of Mudd CD. They are so peaked the entire screen is red when viewing clipping.
I guess Digital Audio is much different than Analog Audio. At least in Analog Audio the VU-meters go to +10.
Guess it's something I'll have to get used to.
Thanks for your quick reply. Guess I am a real novice, huh?
Carpe Diem,
Chuck Sargent
414 Hall Avenue
Coos Bay, OR 97420
954-805-5399

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The data on an audio CD is 16-bit integer PCM format. The highest possible
sample value for 16-bit integer (or any integer PCM format audio) is 0 dB
(+/- 1.0 linear). The audio on a CD may reach +/- 1.0 but cannot exceed it.

A possible exception to this is if you rip the CD as a lossy format such as
MP3 and then import into Audacity as a 32-bit float format track. Lossy
formats are inexact and when an MP3 is converted back to uncompressed data,
the sample values will not be exactly the same as the original CD audio. If
the imported track is 32-bit float then some values may exceed +/- 1.0. This
does not happen if you rip the CD in a lossless format such as WAV, AIFF or
Flac. To avoid "over zero" peaks, use lossless formats as your source
material.

In the case of sample values being greater than +/- 1.0 (for whatever
reason), the audio can be brought back into the legal 0 dB range by applying
the Amplify effect. By default "Amplify" will amplify the track so that the
maximum peak is 0 dB.

If you wish to view the track above or below the (0 dB) top bottom of the
track, Right Click (may be something different on a Mac) on the vertical
track scale to zoom out vertically. (Left click on the vertical scale to
zoom in).

Steve


On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 1:13 AM, Chuck Sargent <cnsargent@bellsouth.net>wrote:

Hi guys,
I'm a Mac guy running OS 10.6.8 on my 2GHz iMac.
I've been working with Macs since 1993 using a Mac IIci working with
graphic programs (Quark, Illustrator, Photoshop, Pagemaker, etc.).
I've had this computer for a couple of years now.
I've been using Audacity 1.3.7.1 since it came out and prior versions
before (aprox. 3 years and have made donations cause I like it).
Are there any plug-ins to increase the VUmeters to, say +10 as well as the
waveform window?
Some music I edit comes from CDs and they are peaked higher, but it's hard
to correct if you don't know where the peak is.
Also it would be nice to have a quick switch from viewing the Display Range
(I switch from 36dB to 60dB quite frequently when editing).
Thanks for all your help.
We all appreciate what you are doing.


Thanks,
Chuck Sargent, The Ultimate Type
414 Hall Avenue
Coos Bay, OR 97420





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