If you need to increase the volume of an MP3 or WAV file and you’re either away from your regular suite of audio-tweaking software or don’t have one to begin with, webapp Vloud can help.
The web site is incredibly simple, with a single page and a very straightforward function. Upload an MP3 or WAV file, up to 10MB in size, and then select how much you’d like to increase the volume. There is no numerical scale, which might strike some users as entirely unscientific but the “light, loud, louder and loudest” designations get the job done. Selecting loudest will return an MP3 with a significant increase in the base sound level. If you need to adjust the volume on a large number of audio files, check out the leveling section of our guide to whipping your MP3 collection into shape.
recently saw this in our twitter feed. i replied w the obvious: 1. make your mixes translate on tumblr, myspace, virb, etc. 2. boost old CD’s in your iTunes library that are too quiet. but what’s fascinating is how vloud is how it’s being used in ways we never imagined. like for boosting RINGTONES, lectures, podcasts, screencasts, anything that’s a unintelligible. i never thought this is where it would go. there’s still A LOT of user-produced music going through which is fantastic bc the algorithm and processing is something we’re v proud of…definitely worthy of your mp3’s and WAVS. (we’re hoping to raise the max MB for WAVS in the near future…this will allow all processing to be done at 88.2/32bit) stay tuned. thanks
Law professor Lawrence Lessig cited this passage to argue that in creating a system of copyrights in which control of music is in the hands of record labels, Sousa was essentially correct. Sousa also was credited with referring to records as “canned music.”
We, at vloud, endured some really funny criticism in the early days. We hadn’t built vloud to be a replacement for the mastering process, but that’s what a lot of hilarious early critiques claimed.
Vloud was/is not about mastering. It’s also not about perpetuating the ‘loudness wars’. It’s about solving a problem which was born out of the ubiquitous use of MP3’s as band/groop calling cards on MYSPACE, VIRB, TUMBLR etc. Our logic was simply that there are a million bands trying to cut through the noise and not all have access to slick DAW’s with Sonnox Oxford TDM limiter/enhancers. Why not give people something easy to use, high-quality and free that’ll help their music translate better on shitty systems (i.e., laptop speakers)? So we built it and listened.
A lot of music has been processed through vloud but what’s been fascinating to see is the explosion of ringtone processing, as well podcasts, uses we hadn’t really thought of. HAPPENSTANCE. This may be a transient occurence, but it makes a hell of a lot of sense. Why use a $400 plugin on a kludgy DAW or even leave the cloud, when you can just push ringtones thru one of 4 presets all day.
That said we’re moving forward with solutions for all the use-cases being presented to us. We hope to add many new features this year. Thanks.
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