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Subject: Re: rockbox-recorder-20061122 - volume representation messed up

Re: rockbox-recorder-20061122 - volume representation messed up

From: mat holton <>
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2006 10:26:17 +0000

Mike Holden wrote:
> Paul Louden wrote:
>> Most audio devices have exactly *one* scheme for volume: Higher numbers
>> are
>> louder. I have some that are 0-10, some that are 1-10 (with only mute
>> being
>> off, 1 is still quiet), some that are 0-40, 0-20, 0-30, 0-100, etc. The
>> only
>> real consistency is that higher numbers are louder. Yes, there are no
>> negatives, but I don't see how that makes any more sense than a dB scale.
>> At
>> least the dB scale gives a functional point of relative reference, rather
>> than just being arbitrary numbers that some programmer decided were enough
>> slices to cut the pie into.
> You certainly aren't the only one to argue this case (many of us have
> tried at the time the change was made). It has been stated many times that
> this is the only option that will be available (apart from the graphical
> representation, where supported), with no option to use a "bigger is
> louder" setting. The rest of us gave up arguing about it a while ago!
> Sigh.
Then I won't mention it again. After this. The fact remains that most
people will think that seeing negative is strange when dealing with
volume, how many hi-fi's have negative numbers next to the volume knob?
None, that's how many. I don't have a problem at all with it though but
I will point out that I showed rockbox to some guys at work (I work at a
software house) and they laughed and said things like "I think you
should raise a bug report!" when they saw the volume.

Thing is though, this is the beauty of open source software - I can make
a patch to to scale the volume numbers from 0 - 100 or whatever, if I
could be arsed...

Rock On!
Received on 2006-11-23

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