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Old 05-19-2004, 12:32 PM
John Lindeman John Lindeman is offline
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Default mp3 option encoder issue


I'm having a sound quality problem when using the mp3 option encoder on Protools LE 6.4 Mbox. I usually use a constant bit rate at 128 kbit/s, and the sound quality of the mp3 song tends to be worse if the 'slowest' encoding speed is chosen, as opposed to the 'fastest' speed (which is supposed to be of lower quality). When the slowest speed is chosen, the song can sound a little tangy or distorted, especially when in the full stereo range. Sometimes this doesn't happen, such as when a lot of midi instruments are being used (as opposed to mic'd guitars or vocals). Is the mp3 encoder sensitive to how a song is mixed? Is it a problem if multiple instruments are accented at roughly the same equalizer frequency levels? (or should I get a better mic?) I also use Apple's 'itunes' mp3 encoder, which seems to encode at about the same level of quality as using a fast encoding speed.

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Old 05-19-2004, 01:24 PM
Tito Ricci Arballo Tito Ricci Arballo is offline
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Default Re: mp3 option encoder issue

I bounce mp3's at 193 and slowest. I often get a little distortion on my snares. What is up w/ that? I just sais phuggit. it's mp3, it's gonna sound a little booty. Anybody know if this is normal?
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