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YouTube Testing “Stable Volume” Feature to Enhance Sound Consistency Across Videos

While YouTube has not officially announced the launch of the Stable Volume feature, several users have reported encountering it in their app settings.

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YouTube is currently conducting an experiment with a new feature called “Stable Volume” aimed at addressing the varying sound quality experienced by users across its vast library of videos. Currently being tested with a select group of global users on mobile devices, the feature aims to ensure a more consistent volume level while watching videos.

The need for sound normalization on YouTube has been a long-standing concern, as many videos exhibit significant differences in volume levels. TechCrunch has confirmed that the platform is indeed testing the Stable Volume feature and intends to provide users with a more balanced audio experience. The feature is specifically designed to equalize volume levels not only between videos but also within a single video, thereby maintaining a more consistent volume balance between speech and other audio elements.

M. Brandon Lee, a YouTube creator from the channel “This Is Tech Today,” took to Twitter to share his insights on the purpose of the Stable Volume feature. He speculated that it could potentially act as a normalizer and compressor, evening out volume levels to eliminate abrupt jumps in volume between videos and even within the videos themselves.

YouTube now has a feature called “Stable volume.”

The introduction of the Stable Volume feature has been widely welcomed, as it addresses a common frustration among viewers trying to enjoy content without encountering sudden spikes in volume. However, concerns have been raised regarding its impact on music-listening experiences. To accommodate such preferences, YouTube has included an option to disable the feature, ensuring users have the freedom to choose whether to utilize it while listening to music.

While YouTube has not officially announced the launch of the Stable Volume feature, several users have reported encountering it in their app settings, including M. Brandon Lee.

As of now, Google has not provided detailed information regarding the Stable Volume feature or its broader rollout plans. Users who have not yet encountered the feature will need to await further updates from Google or for it to become available to a broader audience.

 

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