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How to normalize audio? Why do it? Everything you need to know

To normalize audio is to change its overall volume by a fixed amount to reach a target level. It is different from compression that changes volume over time in varying amounts. It does not affect dynamics like compression, and ideally does not change the sound in any way other than purely changing its volume.

What’s the difference between a DAC and an amp, and which do I need?

DACs and amps are similar pieces of hardware, but they are not the same. A DAC (digital to analog converter) converts digital sound information into audible analog sound waves, while an amplifier boosts sound before it reaches speakers or headphones so that it can be heard at an audible level. Understanding the differences can be tricky, but this article aims to clear up some of this confusion about DACs and amps. You’ll also find out if or when you’ll need a DAC or an amp. Read on to learn...