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App to Tone Down Background Music on Videos

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    • #157158
      Quinn
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      My hearing is bad in some conditions (sure from working and being around machines + what not) and if sometimes I come across a video it’s hard to pick up over what they are saying if background music is added. I looked, only saw where can edit in, thought I’d ask. Thanks in advance

    • #157162
      Quinn
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      Second thought might not need, have this app called audacity, it’s on another computer but will have to check out late.

    • #157166
      Quinn
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      Mod’s if posted in the wrong topic heading feel to move or delete

    • #157290
      PADemD
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      I wish there were something to use on movies.  The background music is sometimes so loud, I can’t hear what the characters are saying and I have to use closed captioning every time.

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      Quite often the music IS way too loud. More often than not, no music is called for anyway. Proper hearing aids don’t help because the problem is with the idiot that added the music. People with normal hearing can usually filter out the music in their head, with some effort, to make out the voices. For whatever reason, people with hearing aids have a harder time with that.
      Audacity only records, plays back and saves audio it hears on your computer. What you need is a equalizer app, or program the can increase the voice frequencies and attenuate the frequencies outside the voice range. That can help.

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      • #157872
        PolecatHollerer
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        Using EQ can help sometimes, but not always. I used to have a great homebrew sound system on my TV, that gave me a lot of control…

        Problem is, a lot of music falls into the same frequency ranges as human speech, so rolling those back doesn’t help. On movies with multi-channel sound, it would sometimes help to mute or boost entire channels, but that’s little use on computer/phone vids.

        Closed captioning has been a real godsend for me. Especially the computer generated ones- with all the typos, every news report also becomes a comedy, and a brain-strengthening exercise!

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    • #157606
      incognito
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      I don’t know what brainiac decided that background music throughout an entire movie is a great idea. I hate it. And it REALLY annoys me when they do that in documentaries. I just turn it off – pass!

      When you have background music louder than dialogue, you have yourself a concert, not a movie because you can’t hear the dialogue AND it’s distracting.

      They really need to stop it. Watching a movie should be relaxing, not annoying.

    • #157664
      Quinn
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      Been a while since used audacity, thinking last night if maybe just pull sample of with no audio use the the edit features to see what would happen. Have no idea if it would work but thought try to satisfy my curiosity. Saw few other things or apps, couldn’t understand what they were saying and or cost a fee didn’t spend time on.  Idk, got to head out for while but sounds like not alone, if can find a way, will let know.

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