Maximo Serif Design
MaximoA simple program to increase the volume of an audio file. If a song doesn't seem loud enough, even after "Normalizing" in an audio editing program, then you may need Maximo! Download now.
Quick Start Instructions
DownloadClick here to download "maximo.zip" (140 KB)
How it Works
Maximo uses a simple algorithm to raise the volume of an audio file. Essentially, it recovers as much "wasted" headroom as possible, so the volume of the song can be raised more overall. In many songs, most of the headroom is used by a very tiny portion of the audio. Maximo works by processing only these tiny areas, recovering that headroom while leaving the rest of the file completely unaffected (except that the volume is increased).
So how is this different than compression?The big difference is that Maximo works on an entire audio file, while compression (generally) is applied to an audio signal as it is streaming by in real-time. Instead of operating in real-time, Maximo relies on the fact that it can examine the entire file first, before making changes to any of it. The result is: while compression has no choice but to affect your whole song, Maximo can determine which areas are most critical to overall perceived volume, and process only those extremely-targeted areas.
For example: If you've ever tried to maximize the overall volume of a mix by using heavy compression,
I'm sure you've noticed that after each loud snare drum hit the audio seems to swell, and the next hi-hat
hit comes out too loud. By the time you're done it doesn't even sound like what you played. And if you
try to compensate by adjusting the compressor to use shorter attack/release times, then the entire mix is
affected, especially the low end.
Possible Future Features
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