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Old 09-01-2009, 06:36 AM
jeremyroberts jeremyroberts is offline
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Default Re: What is the best sounding MP3 process?

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Originally Posted by Muzoid View Post
That's cool, actually what I'm looking for

do you import into itunes as 16 or 24 bit?
Ah. For daily refs, I simply export regions (command-shift-K) as 16-bit interleaved, then drag (or command-O) to iTunes.

I have never been comfortable with 24-bit files in iTunes, even if it is supposed to be able to handle them.

I know that PT will output a dithered 16-bit file, so I use a so-called professional tool to make the 16-bit file, then iTunes to make the mp3. I know this is not logical, just habit.

WILL IT SOUND BETTER if the source for the mp3 is 24-bit? Does it matter? We are talking about a lossy compression that sounds, well, lossy. I would imagine the loss from 1411k to 256k is much worse than than 24-bit to 16-bit -- even if it's truncated.

Unless we are talking about files for distribution, does it really matter how we make crappy mp3 references? I think you should find a workflow that makes you happy.
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