Nicely finishing levels on an iTunes based mix CD
I'm unsure if this is the best forum choice or not, but here goes...
I love to make mix CD's for my peeps and when I do it, I like to really make them nice...nice art, glossy packing, tidy levels.
Since I've digitized most of my CD collection now in iTunes (AAC - 256) things sound good and I really like putting mixes together as playlists. However, the built-in iTunes "normalization" feature "Soundcheck," just sucks IMHO. It's never made levels at all workable on my burned CD mixes.
In an effort to work around this issue last year @ Xmas I did the following:
1) disabled soundcheck completely
2) just went into each song and adjusted levels there
3) mixed reference CD after reference CD to see how the levels were coming along
This worked out ok, but was obviously a pain in the booty. There's got to be a better way.
In my wildest dreams Logic 7 would allow for importation of playlists into Waveburner or something.
I've thought about just getting the mix right, burning a CD and then just ripping the CD back onto my Mac as AIFFs, normalizing in Peak or the like and the re-burning the CD. Again though, many steps to do something that seems like it should be properly integrated into iTunes in the first place.
Any thoughts would be very much appreciated.