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Post by Craig » Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:43 pm

So...here is a question for the ages. Lately, I've just been rendering my songs as 320VBR MP3s. Seems to do just fine. However, I've found that, when a song has a lot of parts, the subtle air that adds separation, goes away with MP3 and makes things sound mushed together. So...short of WAV files, what is the best option to maintain as much of the original sound as possible and not fill my hard drive up?
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Re: Render Format

Post by Verndog » Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:56 pm

Have you tried lowering the sample rate from 24 to 16? Sometimes the "space" becomes ignored in the conversion. 24 bit great when tracking to create that effect, but at final mix down, change it to 16. That way the mp3 conversion should accept the space air samples.

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Post by Craig » Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:19 pm

I have not. However, my recordings are all done in 24 bit. I'd hate to lower the sample rate down for the original.
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Post by Verndog » Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:26 pm

Keep the multitrack at 24 bit. The master needs to reduce to 16 bit. Most mp3 formats compress 24 to 16. MP3 compression bad. Daw conversion good. Mix to a standardize 1400 at 44.8 MHz then use that to export to mp3. (Industry standard at 128k non variable bit). This usually keeps the air there.

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Post by Craig » Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:39 pm

Ahhh... So I render a 16 bit, 44.8 lossless (like WAV) then use that to convert to MP3?
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Post by Verndog » Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:11 pm

Yep. Only render down in the final two steps.

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Post by mdrs » Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:44 pm

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