recordings are too large in size, is it normal?

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Member Since: May 31, 2011

just discovered today when i tried to e-mail a recording to the person who did it, that the file was too big to attach. i then had a look, and it was something like 36 megabytes, i then had a look at the size of every recording that i have done and they are all around that size. is it normal for recordings to be that big after they're saved as a file type, e.g .wav or .mp4? what do i need to buy to make them average size, like a compressor or something?

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Since: Feb 07, 2005

Jul 17, 2011 11:07 am

Yup, that is the size of an average WAV file. Try to send files. There are other online file sharing sites as well...

or, make a MP3 of the file and send that to him and give him the WAV on a CD

MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Jul 17, 2011 11:30 am

Keep in mind also that MP3 is a very (VERY in many cases) lossy (both with data and audio quality) form of compression.

It makes a "reasonable at best" delivery format - but nothing you'd want to use "seriously" (for lack of a better term).

A stereo .wav, even at CD quality is going to be a bit under 10MB/minute. Higher resolution ("working" resolution - 24-bit at 44.1kHz or higher) are going to be considerably larger - And again, that's normal.

Tiny little 1-3MB/minute MP3 files are the exception - not the rule.

Since: May 31, 2011

Jul 17, 2011 10:57 pm

yea, but if every song is 35 - 45MB in size, how am i meant to get a whole 12 song album on one CD? wouldnt that mean also that the song will always be that size?

Typo Szar
Since: Jul 04, 2002

Jul 17, 2011 11:36 pm

a wav file at 16bit 44.1kHz will be about 10MB per minute. A standard CD is something like 700-800MB so that is like 80 minutes, well over an hour and likely longer than most musical albums. So yes, 12 standard 3-4 minute songs should fit on a CD no problem.

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