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I know that iTunes sound check on the Mac has album mode, but does sound check on the iPhone have album mode as well?

  • Please let us know which version of iOS and which device you use. – oa- Aug 8 '17 at 10:34
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Answer

Yes, I am pleased to tell you that Sound Check respects both the track gain as well as the album gain (album mode).


How to use it

Go to Settings > Music > Playback and enable Sound Check.

image of the Sound Check setting in iOS

Please be aware that Sound Check's Album Gain it only works if you

  • play an album directly
    • (Library > Artist > 'Album Title' > Play)
  • play an album directly
    • (Library > Artist > 'Album Title')
  • play all albums by an artist
    • (Library > Artist > Play)
  • play all albums by an artist shuffled
    • (Library > Artist > Shuffle)

This enables Sound Check's Track Gain:

  • the song appears in a playlist
    • even if you exclusively add all tracks of an album a play it in the correct order
  • you play a single song using (Spotlight) Search

Validation

To understand the algorithm in iOS' Music.app I have tested it with an iPhone 6s running iOS 10.3.3 and iOS 11 beta 5 and two albums from the iTunes Music Store (iTMS):

  • Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
  • Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin (I) (1969)

SC = Sound Check

Examples:

Led Zeppelin's song Communication Breakdown (track 7)

  • Library > Artist > 'Album Title' > Play SC on: Volume is higher
  • Library > Artist > 'Album Title' > Shuffle SC on: Volume is higher

  • Library > Playlist> 'SC test LZ' > Play SC on: Volume is lower
  • Library > Playlist> 'SC test LZ' > Shuffle SC on: Volume is lower
  • Library > Playlist> 'Sound Check test' > Play SC on: Volume is lower
  • Library > Playlist> 'Sound Check test' > Shuffle SC on: Volume is lower


Pink Floyd's song Money (track 5)

  • Library > Artist > 'Album Title' > Play SC on: Volume is higher
  • Library > Artist > 'Album Title' > Shuffle SC on: Volume is higher

  • Library > Playlist> 'SC test LZ' > Play SC on: Volume is lower
  • Library > Playlist> 'SC test LZ' > Shuffle SC on: Volume is lower
  • Library > Playlist> 'Sound Check test' > Play SC on: Volume is lower
  • Library > Playlist> 'Sound Check test' > Shuffle SC on: Volume is lower


Pink Floyd's song Brain Damage (track 8)

  • Library > Artist > 'Album Title' > Play SC on: Volume is higher
  • Library > Artist > 'Album Title' > Shuffle SC on: Volume is higher

  • Library > Playlist> 'SC test LZ' > Play SC on: Volume is higher
  • Library > Playlist> 'SC test LZ' > Shuffle SC on: Volume is higher
  • Library > Playlist> 'Sound Check test' > Play SC on: Volume is higher
  • Library > Playlist> 'Sound Check test' > Shuffle SC on: Volume is higher

Note:

  • The playlist called 'SC test LZ' only contains Led Zeppelin's 1969 album.
  • The playlist called 'SC test PF' only contains Pink Floyd's 1973 album.
  • The playlist called 'Sound Check test' contains Led Zeppelin's and Pink Floyd's album.

Technical information for track 5 of Pink Floyd's album 'Dark Side of the Moon' as shown in iTunes

Additional resources:

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    Thank you for taking you time to answering my question and for giving so much information. – StrangeRanger Aug 9 '17 at 0:40
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    You're welcome. :) I'll see if I can find other scenarios when a track's album gain will be ignored/applied. – oa- Aug 9 '17 at 10:58

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