Hi guys... I do apologize for the (silly and boring) question I am going to ask you.
There are a couple of things I do not understand... maybe it is becasue the language barrier or because often some things are so obvious but confuse me a lotâ€¦.. so, once again, please excuse my ignorance
What I am trying to get is a good "protocol" to burn good quality AUDIO CD.
This is my own method: making an Audio CD compilation I usually extract the audio tracks form the original CD by using EAC. Then if I have to add some MP3s I first convert them into Wave PCM signed 16 bit 44100 Hz.
At this point I have several songs from this different sources, all with the same attribute (all Wave files/16 bit) BUT with different volume levels I want to write to a CD; so I use Goldwave ----> Match volume effect (Root Means Square) to adjust volume levels of each song so they sound similar: I open each file and display the Match Volume effect to see what average value it has, then I apply an overall average value to all the files. To avoid clipping distortion, I use the minimum average across all files. For example, if one file has an average of -18dB and all the other files have a higher average, then use -18dB for all files.
My doubts are:
Am I doing the right thing matching the volume file working on Wave PCM signed 16 bit 44100 Hz files?
If it is wrong, should I convert them FIRST into Wave PCM signed 32 bit 44100 Hz (or IEEE FLOAT 32 BIT or any other attribute you will advice me), matching the volume and then, BEFORE writing, re-converted them into on Wave PCM signed 16 bit 44100 Hz fies?
If this right, it seems that I am going to loose something and that I should apply dithering.
Of course, some people say that dithering is useless and some people say that is absolutely necessary.
So, at this point I am lost!!!!!!!! ... and need a huge help!
Thank you in advance to anyone who can resolve my confusion and HAPPY NEW YEAR!