Description of need:
Some uploaded audio is very quiet even at maximum volume. This can make it difficult to ID without downloading the audio and boosting the volume through other software. It would be useful if there was an option to boost/amplify sound as this would save time. I guess it would be similar to the way photos have brightness and zoom controls to aid ID.
Feature request details:
Perhaps there could be a button called ‘boost’ or ‘amplify’ next to the player that could be ticked to help increase volume further. Or something similar. I’m not sure about the technical part. I guess maybe it won’t be possible with current HTML5 audio tags but perhaps there is another way that is not to demanding on the site.
I approved this, but will note that you can get sound boosting extensions/add-ons for your browser, for example: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/sound%20booster?_category=extensions
Personally, I suspect that since this can be done relatively easily on the user side that it would be low priority for the dev team.
It would be a great addition! Though if there’re extensions for browser, I’d be pleased seeing iders of audio finally installing them too, both work.
Process your sound file before you upload it to iNat with the free to download and use software (Ocenaudio - https://www.ocenaudio.com/) - this will allow you to easily Nomalise and to Amplify the sound signal as well as allowing you to remove extraneous noise (e.g. hiss). Excellent free, and simple to use software.
You can also do this in the free program Audacity. For instructions, see here: https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/resources/audio-editing-tutorials/editing-in-audacity/ It’s easy to use
@jwidness OK thanks. Didn’t know about browser extensions (only had seen some software which I wasn’t sure about). Will certainly check them out.
@SteveMcBill @deboas Thanks both, appreciate the replies - personally that’s something I do in Audacity and I think this is good advice for observers if they feel able to. I don’t think it’s easy for all users to do - optional normalise on upload could reduce this barrier but that’s another thing completely. That said, this request was focused on the IDer side rather than observer side. In a similar way it’s useful if observers adjust brightness levels and crop photos before upload but does not help the IDer if they don’t (hence the brightness/zoom tools are useful).
It seems that it might be simple enough to implement though.