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 Post subject: Is it just me or are games not in the loudness wars?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:59 am 
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I had my sound setup so that the master volume was at 50% and everything else was set 1:1 with it. But every time I fire up a game (recently Sniper Elite 3 and Mass Effect 3), the games are rather quiet and I had to crank up my speakers. Getting tired of that I cranked up the master volume to 100% and set everything except games to 50%. And the other programs are still easily overpowering the games.

So either everything else is being blared out as loud as possible or games are shipped a wee to quiet.


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 Post subject: Re: Is it just me or are games not in the loudness wars?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:38 am 
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Sounds like a leveling algorithm gone bad... Haven't played either game, but I'm downloading the ME3 demo & will check it out on my SoundBlaster Z.


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 Post subject: Re: Is it just me or are games not in the loudness wars?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:27 pm 
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Hm... shots, explosions, & other sound effects seem normal in ME3 Demo, but dialogue seems pretty quiet. This is running from my SoundBlaster Z via TOSLINK (digital optical) to my Z-680's.


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 Post subject: Re: Is it just me or are games not in the loudness wars?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:45 pm 
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I noticed that. Sound effects were a lot louder than speech. I mean I guess if I'm having a conversation next to a space ship thruster it'd be hard to hear...


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