Low Playback Level

  • 5 June 2018
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Hey everyone...I am transferring songs off ancient cassettes using a cassette-to-digital player and Audacity. The playback level is very low after the transfer and seems a tad lower still once I post it on Soundcloud. Does anyone know how to fix this issue? Thanks, Dan.

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Hi Dan,

Hmm, SoundCloud does not apply EQing or Audio compression to your uploads. (moving your topic to Audio Production, as this is technically not a SoundCloud issue.

Something you can do in Audacity would be to normalize your tracks, or adjust the levels (just as much so it does not "clip" or "peak"), or use other methods of increasing the overall and appear volume of your tracks. It's a fairly complex topic. iZotope has an interesting article on mixing and mastering your tracks for online distribution on different platforms. You can find it here:

Hope this helps you to get started.