My files are always in the red, and then when they get to my processing software, they are sometimes overmodulated, and it's not able to turn them down, and I get distortion.
I don't want to modify my files, as they are set exactly the way they came.
I want to reduce the playback volume on the decks, and then, when necessary, my processing software will pull them up.
I am trying PlayItLive after using other software for some time. In that software, I could adjust the volume of the mix. For example, I could have it play at 80% of volume, and I didn't have these issues.
Is there any way to turn the overall volume down some?
I ended up having it analyze my tracks, which I think will meet my requirements for now.
That's one approach (and not a bad one).
I generally use MP3 Gain ( https://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/ ) to set the target loudness of files.
Depending on the origin of the files they often need a reduction in loudness (which MP3Gain does well).
There is also a plugin which does processing but a downstream processor is probably better than doing it on each player.
What are you using for processing?
I'm using Stereo Tool.